Our hollow body violins and violas are acoustic instruments that preserve weight, balance, and neck shape of their traditional peers.
Their hollow body is a precision design project that acoustically responds to the interplay of the instrument’s vibrating parts: sound board, bridge, and sound post.
Their setup aims at a perfectly amplified acoustic result. For this reason we designed a specific active electronics. Our pickup and preamp, while highlighting the instrument’s acoustic qualities, are easy to use, and offer the musician control and independence from sound technicians.
EBONY: nut, fingerboard, chinrest, tailpiece, tailpiece button Balkan
MAPLE: neck and hollow body
Red SPRUCE: carved top with differentiated high/low bars, sound post
Natural shellac applied by brush with no base filler applied.
Select instrument have French polish finish.
Built-in shielded ALTER EGO polymeric active pickup. Built-in preamp and headphones amplifier.
– Master Volume
– Blender Control
– Line out/Headphone out
Despiau Mirecourt bridge in treated maple made on AlterEgo’s specs.
Gotoh tuning pegs with single adjustable torques and easy fine-tuning made on AlterEgo’s specs.
Pirastro Tonica strings.
Size & Weight
Our violins have the exact dimensions and weight of a traditional instrument. String length: 35.5 cm (14 in.) – Weight: 450 g (1 lbs.)
The 5-string violin has a neck section 3 mm wider than the 4-string version and the fingerboard has a tighter curve to provide better uniformity of action. The Low-C is a specially designed string supplied by Thomastik for high definition of sound.
We make viola in three different sizes: 39.5 cm (15 1/2 in.) – 40,5 cm (16 in.)- 41,5 cm (16 1/3 in.).
Over the years we have also made the following instruments:
- Well-tempered (reversible, rapid lace system to have frets on an otherwise smooth and well scooped fingerboard)