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Looking for Viola F-string :-)
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JoeP
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April 7, 2013 - 12:44 pm
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Hi all,  I just got fantastic deal on a 5 string viola.  It is currently strung / tuned like a 5 string violin with a high E.  I would like to take it down a notch and string it with a Low F (F2 I believe).  The original owner said that is how it was originally strung years ago.

Do any of you know where I can find a low F string that will fit a 16 1/2 inch viola (in the U.S)?

Thanks,

joe

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Hi Joe,

Congrats on your new instrument, Violin-a.

It surely sounds very nice, sweet and dark. I love that tone and love to have one but it's too large for me.

I'm sure you're going to have lot of fun with it.

Thank you for sharing with us.

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Fiddlerman
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April 7, 2013 - 7:57 pm
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My opinion is that you could use a high tension long scale viola G. It's only 1 whole step down. dunno

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HOLY COW > it is so big. Its gats to be like playing a cello on your shoulder. It has a SWEET sound. LOve the sound of those strings.

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Fiddlerman said
My opinion is that you could use a high tension long scale viola G. It's only 1 whole step down. dunno

Not quite sure what you mean here, Fiddlerman.  The Viola G is the same pitch as the violin G which is a major seventh above the Low F I'm looking for. ??? what am I missing?

I did find a Super Sensitive Sensicore Viola Low F on a couple on-line shops.

Are you familiar with the Super Sensitive Sensicore strings?  What do you think of them?

 

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FYI, I did find a Sensicore VIOLA low F String sold at a couple places (google).  I also found a couple places that sell an Octave Viola G string which I believe might also have worked.

I have the Low F on order.

joe

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Fiddlerman
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April 9, 2013 - 7:58 am
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Ahhhhh,

You are going to that extreme. LOL

I was wondering why you wanted to tune the whole viola down one step but who am I to judge.

So you are in other words wanting to tune your viola to Tenor Viola da Gamba?
Don't you need any of the other strings to make that change? Supersensitive sells them.
http://www.supersensitive.com/.....gamba.html

We can get them for you if you like but we don't carry them so it would take us 3 or so extra days to ship. We can also drop-ship but we it costs $7.50 more to do that. :-(

 

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Fiddlerman said
Ahhhhh,

You are going to that extreme. LOL

I was wondering why you wanted to tune the whole viola down one step but who am I to judge.

So you are in other words wanting to tune your viola to Tenor Viola da Gamba?
Don't you need any of the other strings to make that change? Supersensitive sells them.
http://www.supersensitive.com/.....gamba.html

We can get them for you if you like but we don't carry them so it would take us 3 or so extra days to ship. We can also drop-ship but we it costs $7.50 more to do that. :-(

 

The 5-string viola is currently strung as a standard viola plus a high E (C-G-D-A-E).  I plan to move all the strings up a peg and add the low F so it will be F-C-G-D-A.  I'm hoping that the existing strings were not cut to fit their specific peg locations.

 

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Fiddlerman
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April 9, 2013 - 3:36 pm
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Usually the strings are cut according to were the pegs are located.
You can get a single F from Super-sensitive.

4546 4 f Aluminum 4/4 Light
4547 4 f Aluminum 4/4 Medium
4548 4 f Aluminum 4/4 Heavy

Tenor Viola da Gamba is tuned differently but who wants to learn that???
Not 100% sure that the F string is the exact same octave that you are looking for though. I think it is though.

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