Strings to a small viola
To a small viola, or even a normal violin to be used as a viola, which is the better set of strings ? Normally the main concern is the C string, which requires a larger instrument.
We need higher-than-usual tension but not too thick.
In my experience, the best C-string for a viola with approximately the same vibrating string length is the Dominant 14" viola C, and, as Adrian Heath mentioned, violin strings on the G,D, and A. I used a Helicore short C for a while, but the difference to the other strings was very pronounced.
How small is small? I use Vision CGD and Larsen A, a combo recommended to me for "smaller" violas, but that was after I mentioned that I play a 15.75" viola. Still, that's higher than average tension and fits Adrian's suggestion.
A small viola needs LOWER tension (or heavier strings) to get the same tones as a big one. My stepdaughter plays an old German 38cm viola with standard Warchal Amber viola strings. Sounds great (unusually good for a small viola, her teacher saya).
My viola is bigger than your viola.
Theoretically speaking: If the same tension is desired (while tuning to 440Hz), the shorter string is , the higher the gauge (thicker strings) should be used.
Ole, by "higher tension", I meant heavier (thicker) than "medium" strings to get normal tension with a shorter string length.
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