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What Size Viola?
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January 26, 2013 - 5:29 am
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I'm such a n00b i thought the size was why they were played in the range they have until i started seeing small ones listed.  we'll see how mine turns out.  it's about the size of a violiin, I think. it's due in Monday!

 

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Lol.  It happens. :)   One thing you must realize though is that a smaller instrument WILL have a "lighter" tone to it than a larger instrument.  And even though you may have a Viola that is the same length coming it will still have a deeper sound 1. because it uses 1 deeper string but also because the body of the viola is Wider than the body of the violin which gives it more space to resonate in. :D

So you are not entirely wrong or entirely right.

 

Hope everything goes well with the new instrument and we hope to see videos and and pictures done

-Dennis

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January 26, 2013 - 5:52 pm
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I can tell you I took the plunge after seeing a fiddlerman video, then discovering this offshoot for viola, which I've long wanted to play.  I had enough reward points to get it for free!

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Looks like there may be a need for players of  small violas to have our own portion of the Forum. I to expect to take delivery of  a 14" Cecilio CVA 500 on Monday or Tuesday. Being but 5'6" tall myself I have argued that taller people are just abnormal and so we with violin sized violas need to emphasize the normality of our fiddles.

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What are you trying to say huh?? That because I am 6' 8" I am some kind of freak :D j/k :) I know I am a freak headbang

But I find it interesting that you feel the need to "justify" your smaller instruments sf-wink afro

-Dennis

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I'm 5'6", and comfortable with 16" violas. However, I find a 16.5" manageable.

 

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I've seen smaller people playing some of the larger-sized violas without a problem. I think it has more to do with your ability to stretch your fingers to fourth-finger positions and just getting accustomed to the larger reach and intonation positions.

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