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Octave Violin
Repair to a faulty 14" viola and subsequent string change.
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August 1, 2013 - 9:02 pm
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Because of shipping costs I was able to keep a faulty 14\" viola with an open main seam in the back. I decided to remove the top and after manufacturing custom C clamps I re-glued the open seam and reassembled said viola. A chance comment by Fiddlerman that he had fitted a 14\" Viola with Octave Violin strings, caught my attention so I ordered the same strings for my newly repaired instrument. I am no virtuoso but this is how it sounds in my hands at this stage of setting it up.

it will take some getting used to but I think I have found my voice. Teacher say to learn to sing the songs we want to play and now I have an instrument that matches my vocal register .... BUT .... I have discovered that there are Octave Viola strings .... Hmmm!

August 1, 2013 - 10:08 pm
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Almost sounds more like a cello than a viola, Ray. Interesting.

Thanks for sharing. I never knew that there was such a thing as octave violin strings.

-- Diane

When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.

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August 2, 2013 - 2:26 am
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hey Ray...glad to hear it... fun fun fun.. keep on posting... I was eager to hear them..

Diane until Ray mentioned it..I had no clue either...


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August 2, 2013 - 4:38 pm
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Yep. That's really curious! I think about those strings about a year i!

Thanks for the remind about it!

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