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Violin Octave Strings with Viola bow?
Anyone try the Fiddlerman CF viola bow for this?
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Good morning! I was wondering if anyone here had any luck stringing up a set of violin octave strings, and what bow they ended up using. I'm stringing up one now and I'll test out the bows I have, but I hear a viola bow can get better results. Anyone use the Fiddlerman CF Viola bow by any chance?

I'll probably pick one up and give it a shot, just curious if anyone else had. 🙂

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I've heard that viola bows do work best for them. I have a set of octave strings on one of my extra fiddles, but have only used it with my violin bow, adding extra pressure. I might get a cheap viola bow at some point if I decide to keep it strung up that way.

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Well I ordered the FM viola bow, so I'll let you know how it goes.  🙂

I'm also thinking about buying a mid-range 14" viola to use for this instead of converting one of my violins permanently.  I'm putting the strings on a fiddle for now to see how I feel about it but if I really like it, I'll have to look at some adjustments.  They recommend a thicker viola bridge, viola soundpost, etc... at that point might as well get a 14" voila, right?

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Yeah, for something that's supposed to be a fun and simple change, their recommendations don't sound fun and simple, haha. It sounds fine just being on my fiddle, so I don't see myself going to all that trouble with the sound post and bridge. Cheap viola bow maybe, but not all the other stuff, haha.

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Yeah I imagine its fiddle-dependent, like so much else in this pursuit.  If mine sounds fine I'm likely to leave it as well, but curiosity may get me to try the 14" viola at some point.

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My fiddle holds up well (so far) with these strings. I like the sound it produces. I have two back up fiddles, an old German one (from around the 1920s) and my Fiddlerman Concert. My German one really sounds lovely on the D and G string, so I think it could have really played well with the octave strings, but I like it strung as a backup fiddle more, so I put them on the Concert. The Concert is a good little fiddle, so it can hold its own with the octave strings on it, but I think they would have shined more on the German fiddle.

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There is suprisingly little load on the sound post, and it is all acting in compression.  As long as the sound post is perpendicular to the plates and is making good contact (the only way I know how to determine this is to remove the end pin and look), a standard violin sound post should be adequate.  It would be difficult to add anything with more diameter since getting it in the f hole is the deciding factor.

I looked into getting a set of these strings but decided it would be much cheaper to obtain the effect electronically.

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