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