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What is the difference between a violin A string and a viola A
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Ferret
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What is the difference between a violin A string and a viola A string apart from perhaps length?
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Fiddlerman
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February 23, 2013 - 8:58 pm
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Great question. There may not be a difference. I'll check with D'addario experts.

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I think there could be a difference.

Reason one : Just for something to do I got out a couple of violin C strings and tried fitting them to my viola. Both broke before I could get them into tune.

Reason two: Because viola strings are considerably more expensive than violin strings. Or is this just the poor viola player being 'ripped off'?
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You may have tuned to the wrong C. They should not have broken if you were only tuning them to a C. They are made for that tension.

They might be more expensive because they tend to be longer.

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Fiddlerman said

You may have tuned to the wrong C. They should not have broken if you were only tuning them to a C. They are made for that tension.
They might be more expensive because they tend to be longer.

I'll try it again. However, while not be an advanced player, I have replaced strings quite a few times in the last 12 months. Owning 4 violins and a viola, I've done it perhaps more times than the usual beginner violin-1267

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OK FM

You may have been right (big supprise........ Not).

I tried again and it didn't break . Perhaps I was being a dufuss duncecap

So.... Next project is to take off the C string , add an E string and tune it as a violin banana

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OK, now it's strung as a violin. WOW.

Will record and post as a new topic soon.

I'm probably guilty of some sort of 'blasphemy' when it comes to violin and viola purists. But who cares.moony-2173

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Strung like a violin? Wow, can't wait to hear it.

Do you like it better as a violin?

Let us know what you're thinking about this.

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Strung like a violin? Wow, can't wait to hear it.

Do you like it better as a violin?

Let us know what you're thinking about this.

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Let us hear the "violan".

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I read about removing the pegs on a viola, plugging the holes, redrilling them to and a fifth string them making a new nut and bridge, using a 5 string violin tailpiece. The only problem I cvan see is the tighter spacing of the strings.  I wonder how the extra tension of the fifth string would be without a beefier base bar.

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It's really done that way Kevin and it's not strange at all. I've tried one. It almost feels better than the ones that are wider. If you are interested, I can get you almost any one of the violins we sell with a new nut without grooves and only pilot holes for pegs. Just give us a call.

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