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Can I make it lighter?
Do we need all this wood?
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Ray Wells
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While waiting for my CVA-500 to arrive I have been practicing using my silent electric violin strung as a viola ... I hope the picture come through on the post.

http://www.ceciliomusic.com/ca......90x90.jpg

My question is what do folks think of my thoughts about lightening this instrument by using a Forstener bit, maybe 7/8 of an inch and making holes in the side material, properly measured and spaced to keep the balance from side to side, but seriously reducing the mass of the wood?

Ray

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Hi Ray

As a woodworker of some years I'd say that you would have to remove too much wood to make a significant weight difference. It could also compromise the strength of the body. There is a lot of pressure going on when the strings are tensioned.

 

Personally, I'd wait for the viola to arrive.

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Hi Ferret

Wasn't planning an immediate modification but perhaps your caution is well advised. I might just use my son's tools and shop and build a new frame for the electronics in this fiddle. Get a neck from StewMac $20 and build the rest with much less wood and an eye to decorative woodgrain.

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Sounds like an idea :)  

Why not browse around the web and see what other people are doing. I've seen some nice looking 'minimalist' instruments made that must be rather light

 

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I've been looking at an electric 'Fender' violin in my local music shop that has been there for quite some time. It's being 'discounted' and I'm soooooo tempted jimi-hendrix

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This is the second time you've mentioned it Ferret I think you might have already decided to buy it :D

 

-Dennis

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The plug n play is made of plastic. I haven't weighed it but it's here at our shop now for a review. Maybe it is lighter.

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