Octave stringed violin?
Hi, I'm a Viola player but like a second instrument I've always been looking for lower pitches without change the way of playing (under the chin). Lately I've heard a lot about specialized strings that allows a normal size violin (and/or viola) plays an octave lower than its regular range. My problem comes deciding which instrument should I buy, there are a lot of reviews saying that kind of strings works perfectly in a 4/4 violin but I think a small viola (about 15") could work better due to the size. What do you think about it? Is it worth it or should I wait and buy a real tenor violin?
NO. DO NOT BUY THEM.
There are several recent discussions on this forum.
I have tried OCTAVE viola strings on a 16-inch viola and the top 3 strings worked pretty nicely but the lower 5th of C string could not engage the instrument's resonance enough to be useful. The strings might work on a different instrument's body.
My next instrument will be a viola, not an octave-strung violin.
Some of us have done GDAE tuning on a viola (octave below violin) with some success. If you play with a pickup it makes the low strings a more viable option.