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Ferret
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A few month back i bought an instrument that I felt would be an interesting and perhaps versatile fiddle to play.

It was a 14.5 inch, 5 string viola. Only a tad bigger than a fiddle and a larger range.

But when it arrived fainting-1344WOW.

The bridge was down, and even worse, so was the sound post.

After talking to the suppler I settled on a large 'discount' rather than going through the hassle of posting it back for a refund. And so it has just hung on the wall since then. Until yesterday.banana

Recently I posted in 'Violin Repairs' etc about the new bridge and sound post reset. At this link: https://fiddlerman.com/forum/f.....s-outa-ya/

It was rather the same repair on the violin that I bought back from China, so I decided to try it on the baroque viola.

Below are some pics of the instrument and a video of the result

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Perhaps I should have picked a tune that I could play better. The 5th string tends to make things a bit 'crowded'. Its difficult to not hit two strings at the same time.

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August 10, 2013 - 11:19 pm
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I think you seem to know this tune very well. Thanks for the post. The violin has a very pleasant soft sound.

Good job. :-)

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@Barry 

you may be interested in this one, it being a 'viola'

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Nice! The sound is even and mellow, and also seems to project well.

The whole instrument has a very unique and interesting look, in a good way of course.smile

I hope this doesn't end up being a dumb question, but is the fingerboard a lighter ebony, or some other kind of wood?

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Feathers said
Nice! The sound is even and mellow, and also seems to project well.

The whole instrument has a very unique and interesting look, in a good way of course.smile

I hope this doesn't end up being a dumb question, but is the fingerboard a lighter ebony, or some other kind of wood?

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Hi Robin

Not a silly question at all.

Baroque violins / violas have traditionally been made with a maple fingerboard and tail piece. They where made, as far as I know, for 'real' gut strings

I've been having a good time getting used to the extra string.

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Ferret said
@Barry 

you may be interested in this one, it being a 'viola'

interesting instrument !!

 

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Ferret said

Hi Robin

Not a silly question at all.

Baroque violins / violas have traditionally been made with a maple fingerboard and tail piece. They where made, as far as I know, for 'real' gut strings

I've been having a good time getting used to the extra string.

@Ferret

Thanks John for educating me. smile

At first glance I thought box wood, but quickly realized the color wasn't quite right for it.

I've never seen a violin/viola made this way before. It really does look nice though, and you look comfortable holding it.

I'm sure it won't be long before the extra string feels normal.

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