F String on Viola
Hi, recently I ordered to build a 17.3 inches Viola but i'm a little bit worried about the strings Im going to use on it. I'm plaining to use a lower pitch (maybe a perfect fourth or a perfect fifth) but i cant find strings that could fit the lenght of the instrument. Do you know about some strings made for larger violas?
Just because the body is longer than average, the vibrating string length need not be. What will be the distance from nut to bridge? How will that compare with a typical 16.0 - 16.5 inch viola?
I think the idea was to tune a forth lower than the viola, not to tune in fourth. But as Andrew says its the vibrating length that matters. I have a viola with a 43 cm body and the vibrating string length is just under 38 cm. (that's 17" and 15" respectively for the SI unit challenged). Standard viola strings fit just fine.
There are larger viola's than 17.3 using regular strings.