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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!
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.
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