fiddlerjer

The brass viola

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Here is a project that I've had in mind for quite a while. And it will be a while still before it is an instrument; but at least the shape of it is starting to come into focus. 

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The idea is to hold the arched brass soundboard under tension to resonate under the strings. My dream is that this will produce a gorgeous tone; even if I'm wrong it will be pretty  to look at and a conversation piece, I guess. It will be played da gamba but have four strings tuned an octave below a violin, the scale length is 20" and the plan is to use 1/4 size cello G, D, A strings and a cello E string. (And a fingerboard from a 1/4 cello)

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The soundboard is a brass wok.

I've been writing about designing and building the brass viola at my blog, http://readin.com/blog/?k=project:wokviol

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-Ooooh, neat!   Add a pedal-style chinrest, and get your own percussive effects.  :lol:

Talk about a viola that rings.........   :ph34r:

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1 hour ago, Violadamore said:

-Ooooh, neat!   Add a pedal-style chinrest, and get your own percussive effects.  :lol:

Talk about a viola that rings.........   :ph34r:

He should put some hang drum dimples in it, that way he can get some hippy chick to play the hang drum while he bows it

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52 minutes ago, MANFIO said:

Sorry, I see a soprano viola there, not the real McCoy.

What tuning is a soprano viola? C4 - G4 - D5 - A5? Do you think the brass would carry high pitched notes better than lower pitched?

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2 minutes ago, fiddlerjer said:

What tuning is a soprano viola? C4 - G4 - D5 - A5? Do you think the brass would carry high pitched notes better than lower pitched?

We, viola makers, call that itsy bitsy instrument the "soprano viola". It is tuned G - D - A - E, it was another viola joke.

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