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  1. For what it's worth, Yita Music is selling a 5 string viola with low F: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Five-strings-German-oil-A-Strad-model-Viola-16-F-C-G-D-A-Best-performance-/313360885602?hash=item48f5c3a762 They don't say what they are using for the F string, though.
  2. Hi folks, I bought a 16-1/2" unfinished "white" viola from a Chinese seller on eBay over a year ago. I bought it because I loved the look of the tight grained spruce top, the beautiful flamed maple on the back, and especially the fancy inlay. I have never tried any kind of project like this before, but after receiving it I realized that I had gotten something that was going to be more work than I bargained for. The fingerboard had a big hump in the middle of it. I double checked that it wasn't just warped, but no, the bottom was flat and the just the top had a big convex hump in it.
  3. I'm an adult violin student who has been playing for about 2 years now. I switched the D'addario Prelude strings that came with my violin out for a set of Kaplan Vivos recently (without telling my teacher about it). When I went to my next lesson and began to play on the new Kaplan Vivo strings, the surprised look on my teacher's face made me laugh! These strings are very loud! Not harsh or shrill (or anything else you might typically think of when you think of loud strings), but they have a big and bold sound! I can't compare them with other high end strings, but I can say that they are m