Well, you may have read that "pomposa" applied to an increase in width brought about by Bach. (The instrument, not Bach.) So I guess you are correct in that it is pompous AND pompous.
The issue remains that I can surf up some good info on something from the 1700's and almost nothing comparable for the modern 5 string …. except, of course, a ton of ads for the modern violins/hardware. (I smell $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ going on.)
wow, this is something to think about. The guitar has the 7 string and the baratone. both give the player something they don't have in the traditional 6 string.
i'm somewhat new to violin and wouldn't even think about buying something with more options to find new octaves of missed notes. But, I have to say I like options. Even though they may make someone $$$$$$$$$$$. if you are young and want to explore different things. well, if you just want to explore, you now have another octave to work with.
Isn't this the same thing as making it electric?? Adding reverb and other sound enhancing things?
I guess there is some truth to that. Some variety is interesting. I am neither in favor or against 5 strings but I would hope that there would be a bigger choice in contemporary 5 string published music …. there seems to be little.
I once strung a 16" viola to violin notes so I could play it right away. Was fun and gave a great sound. I would think of getting a viola pomposa except that I am still trying to tame my violin.
(Or is that just a 5 string electric?)
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