Monday, November 12, 2018

Viola strung up

With newly arrived pegs and strings, I was able to set-up my 15-1/2" viola today.  I am usually not so happy with the sound of my instrument on the first day, but this one works.  

I don't normally weigh a finished instrument, but my on-line friend and a good viola-maker, Luis Manfio in Brazil, weighs his.  So I did the same.  Set-up, without the chinrest, as in the photos, comes in at 529 grams.  For those of you who don't understand metric measurements, that's a little over half a kilogram.

And if it helps, the body length can also be expressed as 39.5 cm.

Anyway, the thing will stretch some places, contract others.  I'll be playing it in the meantime, then adjust it as time passes.


  1. Congrats. Glad it is sounding so good. I bet the C is nice and rich sounding!

  2. Thanks for the comment, James. I am happy with it, and so far, others who have played it have enjoyed it, too. That C is a hoot!