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Deep Body Custom Travel Violin - Viola

Contact us at 706-896-0909 for original pricing

Deep Body Custom Travel Violin - Viola

Contact us at 706-896-0909 for original pricing
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Product Description

"Deep Body Custom Travel Violin/Viola" is the new name for the Rickert "Travel Viola – Octave Violin." We believe that the re-christening reflects more accurately reflects how this instrument has been used by musician customers.

This instrument was originally conceived as a 4-string 3.5-inch wide, 4/4 length travel violin, which is capable, when strung with special octave strings, of playing, with good projection volume and a full-bodied timbre, an octave lower than a normal violin (see the original product description). Additional information about the original instrument can be found in the article, Don Rickert Travel Viola - Octave Violin. Among other innovations, the instrument was designed accommodate a variety of necks and stringing configurations.

What we are now calling the Deep Body Custom Travel Violin/Viola has become one of the most popular instruments we have ever sold. It is definitly the best-sounding pochette-type travel violin we have ever produced.  Interestingly enough, not a single customer has opted for a 4-string octave violin (aka baritone violin) configuration. Rather, to date, we have made (or are in the process of making) the following configurations:

  • 4-string standard violin or viola tuning
  • 5-string violin/viola with standard 5-string violin neck
  • 5-string violin/viola with custom extra-wide 5-string neck
  • 10-string instrument configured as follows:
    • 4 playable strings tuned C3, G3, C4 (middle C), G4 (G above middle C)
    • 6 sympathetic strings that run through a channel under the fingerboard and then through a special cut-out in the bridge (i.e. the sympathetic string bridge) and attached to metal hooks on the underside of the tailpiece (just like a Norwegian Hardanger Fiddle)

Special No-Extra-Cost Features:

  • Custom-made chin rest
  • Wittner FineTune internally-geared tuning pegs
  • Latest version of the Rickert Adjustable Shoulder Rest Adaptor

How Does It Sound?

We recorded some video of a top competitive Bluegrass fiddler at a recent fiddle competition. To see and hear fancy Bluegrass-style (aka “modern style”) fiddle playing on a 5-string version of the Deep Body Custom Travel Violin/Viola, watch our video on YouTube.

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