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.

Woods

EBONY: nut, fingerboard, chinrest, tailpiece, tailpiece button Balkan
MAPLE: neck and hollow body
Red SPRUCE: carved top with differentiated high/low bars, sound post

hollow body with sound board
hollow body with sound board

Varnish

Natural shellac applied by brush with no base filler applied.
Select instrument have French polish finish.

Electronics

Built-in shielded ALTER EGO polymeric active pickup. Built-in preamp and headphones amplifier.
– Master Volume
– Blender Control
– Line out/Headphone out

Third parties

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.).

Options

Over the years we have also made the following instruments:

  • 5-string
  • 6-string
  • Well-tempered (reversible, rapid lace system to have frets on an otherwise smooth and well scooped fingerboard)
6-string violin
6-string violin

Players can request for their own setup on the AlterEgo instruments. It is our job to listen to their preferences, so let us hear from you! Here below is how you contact us to try out one of our instruments. You will fall in love with it.
  • At home

    You receive it at home, you try it out. In case you buy the instrument, the shipping is free. Is this your option? Click here to continue.

  • In our shop

    You visit us in Rome. In case you buy the instrument, we’ll reimburse you up to 240 euros for the trip. Is this your option? Click here to continue.

  • At your luthier’s shop

    We are in Rome and in Philadelphia (PA), and we deliver in select shops worldwide. Your local shop is not on our list? Put us in contact with your luthier, and we’ll make sure you can try out an instrument there. Is this your option? Click here to continue.