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More on my very own viola

Posted by paulinefiddle on Saturday, March 16, 2013

Yesterday I made the final payment on my viola, and now it is mine.  It has felt like part of me for a long time.  Yay!

I spoke to one of the staff at the luthier's and she gave me a lot of extra, personal, free help.  We discussed viola strings, and I told her that I'd heard a lot of recommendations for Evahs and I'd like to try one before I paid for a set of them.  I might be disappointed and out of a lot of money.  She temporarily swapped my Tonica A string for an Evah A string and let me try it.  I did not like the Evah (too brassy sounding), so she just put my Tonica back on.  

I told her that I didn't see any signs of wear on my strings but I wanted her to take a look.  She did and found that my D string was wearing a bit thin because it was rubbing against a high spot on the fingerboard just below the nut.  She took off the D string and sanded the high spot on the fingerboard just a bit to free up the D string.

As if this weren't enough, I told her that the Cstring had always been a bit difficult for me to play and get a good, focussed sound.  I found that I needed to press the bow down a bit harder on the C string than on the other strings to get the sound I wanted.  She said, "I can fix that in a jiffy for you.  It just needs a soundpost adjustment."  She did it, and the result was a dramatic improvement.  Today I've been playing my viola a lot, especially the C string, for the sheer joy of it.
 

I wish that all bowed string instrument players could have such a wonderful luthier near their homes.

 



4 comments on “More on my very own viola”

fiddleiphile Says:
Sunday, March 17, 2013 @10:17:37 AM

Pauline, you are indeed a lucky girl to have someone that savy to deal with.

paulinefiddle Says:
Sunday, March 17, 2013 @11:21:13 AM

I certainly am. ;-)

lawrence lamear Says:
Thursday, March 21, 2013 @8:46:28 AM

Congratulations, Pauline.
I hope you post some tunes for us in the near future. I've always been intrigued by the viola, but never really heard one solo.

lawrence lamear Says:
Thursday, March 21, 2013 @8:46:51 AM

Congratulations, Pauline.
I hope you post some tunes for us in the near future. I've always been intrigued by the viola, but never really heard one solo.

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