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Rare octave/baritone violin - gd condition- deep sound- something different!
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27 Jun, 2012 16:06:14 BST
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god're graig, Neath Port Talbot, United Kingdom


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Condition: Used Instrument: Violin
Size: 16" body/ viola sized Sub-Type: Acoustic
 Up for grabs ( for my restore a delapidated morris traveller fund ) is my rare trusty baritone/ octave violin. These are rare instruments and when you do find them they cost a bomb.
I bought this some time ago and have had great fun with it. If like me you have an obsession with the violin family (and I do ) and like quirkiness (I also do) then you will enjoy this. This is a viola sized instrument ( measurements to follow) with a cello like sound quality.
An octave violin is just that, a violin which plays an octave lower so this instrument is bassy, deep, rich and delicious.
The instrument itself has unknown history. It has a hand written label which has swirly leafy things on and I believe that it may be stuck on top of an old label but I cannot see the old one. See pics!
It has a nice tight grained spruce top, and maple back and sides but there is not much flaming there. I think this is a mid range viola which has been converted at some point with fatter bass bar and adapted bridge and soundpost. Either way it sounds amazing if you are used to twiddling on a fiddle. The scroll is a bit uneven on the surface but I think that is because the varnish is quite thick. There is no damage that I can see.

This is not a violin for classical players unless you want a bit of fun! This is more suited to mad morris dancer types, beardie folkies who fancy something that nobody else has or batty women like myself who like rambling off to the coast and scaring the seagulls.

The neck has been stripped (like this when I bought it) and to be honest it could do with a bit of tidying around the edges on the neck (see pic) but there are no cracks or repairs. There is a scuff in the finish along the neck but it is cosmetic.

Rosewood fingerboard and pegs, four fine tuners, big fat strings and a bausch bridge.

All in all something different for somebody who wants an instrument that sounds velvety and very deep.
Please check out some youtube vids of octave/baritones to see what all the fuss is about- you will be amazed at the sound that a small instrument can achieve when set up like this.


total length: 25"
body length: 15.5 from neck join
widest point of body: 8.5"

PS look after the strings! A set of octave strings can be at least 80-90 quid to replace!
Sorry no case or now but if you buy it now I will send a bow with it and pack in an old servicable case
You are welcome to come and try it if you are in the Swansea area or pick it up upon purchase. Will try to upload a soundfile asap!

Thanks for looking!

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