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#beginquote# I know very few 8 year olds who possess the physical strength and stamina needed to play the doublebass. It is true that many start at this age, however their technique will always be limited at young ages due to the size of the instrument. Unless your child is tall and has arms like an ape, I would not recommend starting him on doublebass. The size and technique of the cello is much more natural and suited to younger players. Violins and Violas can usually be rented/leased fairly cheaply. I would suggest that you take the child to a symphony concert and let him hear that string family of instruments. When you do decide which instrument your child wants make sure you consult with his teacher before purchasing one. There are many instruments out there for sale that will waste valuable class time just tuning. Do not goto the pawn shop and buy the $50.00 violin without letting the teacher see it first. Many times these instruments need far too much work and will end up costing you more money. Hope this helps, Fiddlebo #endquote#
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