I would like to use 4/4 cello strings on my 16.5 viola (for octave viola tuning), but I have to cut it to install it.
What will happen to string caracteristics if I cut them?
(I dont want to buy an octave viola set)
That’s not going to work like you think it will.
Ummmm the first thing you have to worry about is the MASSIVE tension it's going g to put on your viola.
A cello has a vibrating string length of 70 cm, your viola probably 38 cm. At the same tension (32 lbs), the cello strings will be almost an octave higher than a cello, which is a standard viola tuning. You'd have to reduce the tension by a factor 4 (8 lbs), which is rather low compared to 13 lbs for viola strings.
Strings have "silking," which is that colored thread wrapping at each end. If you cut that away the string will unravel and fall apart.
In conclusion: the strings won't be dommaged?
The way the pitch produced by a vibrating string works is:
Wrapping the cut ends around the pegs may stop them from unravelling, but are cello strings not too thick for a viola's pegbox?
@Andrew: What about the same question without using Cello C strings? I will add E cello string and delete C string...
Amine doesn't believe me but the C-string from a 1/4 size cello actually works quite well when cut down. It's about the right gauge and tension. Characteristics? What characteristics? Why not venture few quid and find out?
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