5- String Development

5-String Model Development

October 2016

 

I’ve become an expert on 5-string conversions of violins and violas. I’ve made more than a dozen Northern Sun Fiddolas, which are regular sized violins that I receive in the white and convert to 5 string, varnish, and set up. I’m thrilled to be finally putting my experience to work and developing a 5-string violin of my own. I used a long pattern Strad as a starting point, and used some measurements from the Strad Viotti. I’m creating an instrument that is slightly larger than a standard violin, but smaller than a viola. I like the playability of the violin size, but I wanted to get a bit more meat out of the C string. I’m excited to hear how this sounds and continue to develop the model.

Model development and template making for new 5-string

Model development and template making for new 5-string

 

This will be a 5-string violin - ribs, neck block, mould with blocks attached, front and back.

This will be a 5-string violin – ribs, neck block, mould with blocks attached, front and back.

 

Ribs complete, outline drawn on the front and back plates.

Ribs complete, outline drawn on the front and back plates.

 

Plates cut out.

Plates cut out.

 

5 String ribs, neck block cut out, top and back cut out.

5 String ribs, neck block cut out, top and back cut out.

 

Rough arching the top.

Rough arching the top.

 

Rough arching the back.

Rough arching the back.

 

The back- the rough marks are from a toothed finger plane.

The back- the rough marks are from a toothed finger plane.