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Viola into a Violin
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November 2, 2015 - 9:08 pm
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Well I did it!
I bought a cheap $90 Mendini Viola with steel strings to experiment with and see if I could turn a Viola into a violin.
Took the C string off and pitched it, then moved the other 3 strings G D A over to their proper place as they are on a violin.
Bought a Viola E string.
Only one company so far that I have found, sells a Viola E string for a "whopping" $9  which included free S&H
Tuned her up to GDAE tuning.
Let me tell you, the sound I got out of that cheap Viola was AMAZING!
The reverb and the amplified sound is just INCREDIABLE !
It sounds like your playing it through an amp!
Due to the bridge not having a high as arc as you would on a violin it makes it super easy to play double stops
I will try to get a recording so you can judge for yourself if it sounds good or not.

Best $100 I spent in a long time!

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November 9, 2015 - 2:12 pm
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How fun!

Would love to hear it.



Vibrato Desperato.... Desperately seeking vibrato

April 23, 2016 - 11:27 am
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I did the same thing. My husband keeps buying me his "great deals". I have to figure out how to make them sound good. I agree the sound of the viola retuned is wonderful.  I'm having fun with it now, just need to fix the funky bow that came with it.


September 7, 2018 - 6:05 pm
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I am glad that I came upon this thread.  I have 2 Cecilio CVA 500 14” violas and another one that is 12” (about the size of a 1/2 violin, but much thicker).  I want to string them as violins to compare the sound, since I do not care for the sound of fractional sized violins and I think that the added rib height should benefit the voice.  

It looks like your impressions are favorable, so a I am encouraged.

If wisdom were offered me with the proviso that I should keep it shut up and refrain from declaring it, I should refuse.  There’s no delight in owning anything unshared.  —Seneca

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October 1, 2018 - 2:41 pm
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It can't hurt much to try.

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

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