I have a question I hope someone can help with. A friend who, like me, is an adult beginner, and I tried each other's violins. His is apparently a Swedish violin made in 1774 and mine is a new Jay Haide l'Ancienne model. His is a smaller violin and he found it too small for his big hands. I liked the smaller size of his (I am an average sized woman, 5'5"), and it had a beautiful, mellow tone. He liked the size and tone of mine. We agreed to swap for a couple of weeks and consider whether we wanted to make a permanent trade. (We both paid approximately the same price for our violins.)
I showed the Swedish violin to my teacher who thinks it is a 3/4 size. He told me that many women prefer to play a 3/4 size and that wasn't necessarily a hindrance. He thought it had a very "sweet" tone and would be a great fiddle for me. He suggested I have it examined by a reputable luthier to inspect it for any structural flaws, but otherwise thought it was a lovely instrument.
I am now seeking opinions as to whether others agree that playing a 3/4 size instrument would be acceptable. My arm length (from neck to palm) is 27." I still have my own bow which is 4/4 size. Would it be advisable to get a 3/4 bow if I decide to keep this violin? If so, that worries me a little, because there is a lot less choice of quality bows available in fractional sizes.
Any help would be much appreciated!
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