Felefar

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  1. Yes I know - my stepdaughter played a little viola for a while while she was learning violin. The school had some small horrible ones, and some big ones, and when she needed a 3/4-ish size we put viola strings on a 4/4 violin. There seems to be small violas for small children, and anything from 37cm to 47cm for adults, but very few "upper intermediate size" ones like 3/4. So this one might actually be a good candidate for a young viola learner!
  2. Maybe it's a 3/4 viola?
  3. Insert toy balloon through endpin hole. Inflate balloon until crack just starts to widen. Push glue into crack, deflate and extract balloon. Clamp and let dry. It worked when I did it.
  4. Felefar

    Old strings

    To my ear, new strings - and especially guitar strings - sound "tinny". I think that is due to uneven stretching when the strings are first put under tension, giving uneven harmonic response. As the strings are played in (read: vibration and rapid tension variations applied to a pre-tensioned composite string), the "stretch nodes" bleed off and the strings become more homogeneous. But that is just speculation. What is not speculation is that new strings sound tinny, and that changes over the first few hours of use.
  5. There is a lot of hand labour involved:
  6. I can't remember her name - a Korean student, the violin belongs to my stepdaughter and I can't look into it right now.
  7. I wonder where the German makers (the Dutzenarbeit-makers, I mean) sourced their maple from? The "tram lines" are distinctive, and very common, but only on instruments from that area.
  8. I saw somewhere a hypothesis that the 1/4 size was originally made as a "sopranino" instrument, to be tuned one fourth higher than a normal violin. That makes it one octave higher than a viola. Then all the other sizes got their name by filling in the gaps around full size and 1/4.
  9. The label looks VERY suspicious. The violin looks like it was built on back, which is unlikely since Enger was trained in France. MAny Scandinavian violin makers trained in Germany so BOB is common - but not Enger.
  10. A while ago I accidentally acquired a 5 string viola. Since the instrument was a "regular" 40.5cm one (16"), the e-string was barely able to stay on the tuning peg, and painfully tight. So I started wondering about changing it to a deep F instead. After thinking about this for a while, I sent off a quick email to one of the better known string makers asking if they could suggest a string made for fractional cello which might work. To my considerable surprise they replied that they a) don't make F-strings for violas, b) had some experimental F-strings lying about, and c) would send me two different ones to try out - free of charge - if I would send them an honest report on the strings! So I got the strings, moved everything about and adjusted the pegs while I was at it, and put the first F-string on. When plucked, it sounds about as resonant as a wet sponge. But when bowed! Maybe it's just my cheap&shiny viola that does it, but that string sounds amazing and much closer to cello than "normal" viola sound - even in high positions. Another week to settle in, and I will write the report on that string, then change to the other one and see if there is any difference.
  11. I have used Kurschner strings on my bass Gamba, and like all the others I can highly recommend them.
  12. Cattle. It's the most easily available bone of sufficient size and strength to make anything out of.
  13. Sounds like consensus, then. I will look for something that might work as a low F string. Hmm - I have the old strings off my tenor Wulf-fiedel...
  14. I would like to see - and try - that viola. One of my "future projects" is to make a Stainer "Tenore" copy. Then again I am 193cm tall (6'4" to the metrically challenged) with extra long arms, so I look for something around 48cm...
  15. Since this thread popped up, I will sneak my own question in here: I have a viola that someone has "converted" to 5 strings. The problem with it (apart from it being not a very good viola, which I guess is why it was butchered in the first place) is that it is rather big (42cm body), and the e string barely reaches the pegs and is close to the breaking point when tuned. So I am thinking that it would make more sense to put a deep F string on it instead? If I do, can anyone suggest a string that might suit? Something from a fractional cello, perhaps?