The whole setup is noticeably better than I expected. To my ears anyway, the pseudo-mezzo has more depth and, for lack of a better word, body than my similarly set up violin. Of the two lineups in which I usually play, the main one consists of bass guitar, guitar, uke, and viola / mandolin / violin, with me on any one of the latter three depending on exactly what song we’re
defacing covering at the time. (I get that there were probably good reasons for, say, CCR and Pink Floyd to seldom if ever feature mando, fiddle, or for that matter uke in their material, but none of them have told us explicitly what those reasons were so we’re going with “ignorance is bliss” here.) Unless the guitar player or the ambient noise level get really out of control, I need make no deliberate effort to play FF.
My actual 16” viola viola is strung with Dominants, and now I’m toying with the idea of putting synthetic core G and D strings on the pseudo-mezzo to see how that sounds. Before that, though, I also want to try this thing out in my other (and rather more serious) keyboard / viola / clarinet combo just to hear how (or if) it meshes.
Curiosity. Where would we be without it?
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