The following is a brief photo description of the making of an aluminium 5
string violin/viola, the specifications are: Body length 382mm, top bout 182mm,
middle bout 125mm, bottom bout 229mm, rib height 31.75mm, with 1.6mm
aluminium used for the plates, ribs, bass bar and joining clips and 2mm
aluminium for the tailpiece.
The vibrating string length is 330mm (a slightly longer length was planned but I forgot to allow for the neck recess into the top block)
The neck and sound post are made from unknown wood from a yacht's spar (possibly Maple), with the finger board and nut made from jarrah and end pin, pegs and chinrest from ebony.
The finished weight with ebony SAS chinrest attached is a hefty 1300 grams, almost three times the weight of a normal 4/4 sized violin.
The strings presently fitted are:
E - D'Addaro Prelude J811 E-Mi 4/4 Polished Steel Medium Tension.
A - D'Addaro Prelude J812 A-la 4/4 Aluminium Wound.
D - D'Addaro Prelude J813 D-Re 4/4 Nickel Wound.
G - Thomastik Dominant Nr.133.
Low C - Piastro Aricore Sterling Silver on P.E.T.
The big question, how does it sound? - The sound is not as piercing as My 7/8 size standard violin, but that has a very bright sound suited for orchestral playing. Once it's had time to settle down I'll have it played by an experienced player for a subjective report and post some sound clips.
This page was last updated on 11 February 2009