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Chris Guleff

It’s an interesting concept, but it seems to me that bowing technique would have to be modified due to the fact that gaps between the strings would be smaller. Also, the left-hand fingers would have to adjust accordingly. It seems that the purpose of a five-stringed instrument would be to allow the playing of violin or viola parts on the same instrument, but the tonality of such an instrument could not possibly both a characteristic violin and viola tone — especially on the middle strings. One other thought, I’ve noticed this done on some electric violas, in which case the pickup and amp might be able to make some allowances for tone.