Check out our Forum Rules. Lets keep this forum an enjoyable place to visit.


Please consider registering

sp_LogInOut Log In sp_Registration Register

Register | Lost password?
Advanced Search

— Forum Scope —

— Match —

— Forum Options —

Minimum search word length is 3 characters - maximum search word length is 84 characters

sp_Feed Topic RSS sp_TopicIcon
Viola into a Violin
Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 (0 votes) 
November 2, 2015 - 9:08 pm
Member Since: December 15, 2014
Forum Posts: 3
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

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!

California, the place of my heart
November 9, 2015 - 2:12 pm
Member Since: January 11, 2012
Forum Posts: 4135
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

How fun!

Would love to hear it.



Vibrato Desperato.... Desperately seeking vibrato

April 23, 2016 - 11:27 am
Member Since: November 28, 2015
Forum Posts: 22
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

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
Member Since: December 23, 2017
Forum Posts: 407
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

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.

Cranks make revolutions.  JBS Haldane

Fort Lauderdale
October 1, 2018 - 2:41 pm
Member Since: September 26, 2010
Forum Posts: 13542

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."

Forum Timezone: America/New_York

Most Users Ever Online: 231

Currently Online: steveduf, thegael
67 Guest(s)

Currently Browsing this Page:
1 Guest(s)

Members Birthdays
Today None
Upcoming oceanwiser, 1stimestar, brewyet, Krootie, PaganinisGhost, Viking Violinist, ptrckmcconn, Octopus.Violinus, xTIDx, cashierjim, Bella86

Top Posters:

Mad_Wed: 2849

.: 2671

Fiddlestix: 2647

Oliver: 2439

DanielB: 2379

Kevin M.: 1969

damfino: 1819

cdennyb: 1813

TerryT: 1726

Ferret: 1575

Member Stats:

Guest Posters: 2

Members: 15266

Moderators: 0

Admins: 6

Forum Stats:

Groups: 16

Forums: 58

Topics: 7318

Posts: 91091

Newest Members:

marionbp60, Audirschaderfory, lillyfw3, dorthywc16, ninagy60, Bandiriaderfory

Administrators: Fiddlerman: 13542, KindaScratchy: 1727, coolpinkone: 4135, BillyG: 2548, MrsFiddlerman: 0, Jimmie Bjorling: 0