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The new viola has arrived
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Ferret
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Hi All

The new viola arrived and I love it. Big suckers aren't they.

Three questions:

What is the difference between a violin bow and a viola bow?

In my zealousness to give it a go, I busted the A string :(  I found a violin A that was long enough, so I fitted it. Did I do wrong ? Sounds OK

Do violas usually come with no fine tuners?

 

I also found to my surprise that I can play all of the violin tunes that I know on the viola.

 

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Barry Nelson
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Violin bows run around 62 grams . Viola bows 68-72 grams. The hair is wider on the viola bow and the frog is curved where the violin frog is at a square angle.

Violin strings are a bit higher tension, I think Id get a Viola string soon. Did you lube the bridge and nut ?  sounds like something was pinching or binding the A for it to break.

 

I love how my fiddle tunes sound on Viola also. I posted some videos here, give them a look. My viola came with fine tuners, but if yours has perlon strings and the pegs work well then you can do without them. If you choose to use steel strings though you'll need to put on some tuners. I havent tried them on viola yet, but quite a few viola players like helicores.

Look forward to a video so we can see & hear the new viola...gotta love that C string...enjoy !!

 

Bach : As the greatest expert and judge of harmony, he liked best to play the viola, with appropriate loudness and softness

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Barry said
Violin bows run around 62 grams . Viola bows 68-72 grams. The hair is wider on the viola bow and the frog is curved where the violin frog is at a square angle.

Violin strings are a bit higher tension, I think Id get a Viola string soon. Did you lube the bridge and nut ?  sounds like something was pinching or binding the A for it to break.

 

 

 I have a new set of strings on the way. My local shop didn't have any so it was hello eBay

The A string broke at the nut. It may have snagged there

Will have a look at your videos. I'll do one as soon as I've tamed the beast a bit. :)

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Barry Nelson
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look forward to it...what  brand is it ?

 

Bach : As the greatest expert and judge of harmony, he liked best to play the viola, with appropriate loudness and softness

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Barry said
look forward to it...what  brand is it ?

 

It's one of those 'labeled' as yada yada. It's labeled 'Bosalinski'. However, it sounds OK to me. It will probably be a good first viola. You will hear it soon but you will have to take into account that it's 'me' that is playing it :)

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Ferret said

You will hear it soon but you will have to take into account that it's 'me' that is playing it :)

I think we're all mostly at that stage, John. violin-student

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Barry Nelson
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I agree Keith, although Viola has a lot in common with Violin, there is some differences that I have to adjust to.

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Barry said 
...gotta love that C string...enjoy !!

 

You are sooooo right about that mate :)

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Can't deny the power of the C string.:smile:

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