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.
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?
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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