five string violin "Ariel S"

The "Ariel S" five string violin

£980

Half price Violorama soundpost pickup system is available for £120 if purchased to be fitted to this instrument at time of purchase. Pickup full price is £240

one left - will not be replaced

This is the Ariel S model five string violin. Like the regular Ariel, the body shape has a narrower waist and blunt corners, a little like a viol. However the S model body is the regular depth for a violin, unlike my other models which are deeper, and the pegbox and scroll are the Violorama custom design.

The string balance is good and the C string sounds strong, but the bass frequencies are less pronounced than my deep body violins. My regular deep body models sound more like a little viola, the S model keeps more of the light tone of a standard violin. To clarify, the low notes are just as loud as the rest of the instrument, but the bass fundamental frequencies of those low notes are less prominent than on the deep body models.

The Ariel body shape is brighter and reedier than the Miranda or Prospero. The A14S is thus the lightest and brightest sounding model I have.

This instrument has a extra large custom designed scroll and pegbox unique to violorama designed for optimum string angle and easy restringing.

fitted with:

* Knilling perfection geared pegs. Standard version. (Deluxe version may be pictured but difference in appearance is slight)

* Dyneema tailcord for lively response.

* Ebony or Boxwood Harp style tailpiece. Fine adjusters are not required due to the knilling pegs, but an E string adjuster can easily be included on request.

* Rosewood Teka style chinrest pictured - other chinrest woods and styles may be available on request.

Latest sound clips as mp3:

These clips were recorded in 2016 with brighter sounding mics (AKG C451B)

French Tune - Orinoco - Midnight on Platform 16B

Here is the same clip again as high quality flac:

French Tune - Orinoco - Midnight on Platform 16B

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Gallery 1 (Latest)

violin spruce top
two piece violin flamed maple back
violin 5 string scroll
violin 5 string scroll
ebony harp tailpiece with dyneema cord
ebony chinrest
bridge, f-hole, waist
narrow waist
from playing position
five string violin in a blackthorn tree
violin spruce top
two piece violin flamed maple back
two piece violin flamed maple back

Gallery 2 (Older)

violin spruce top
two piece violin flamed maple back
violin side view
violin 5 string scroll
violin 5 string scroll
violin 5 string scroll
violin 5 string neck
ebony harp tailpiece with dyneema cord
rosewood chinrest
bridge, f-hole, waist
bridge, f-hole, waist
narrow waist
from playing position
flamed maple back
flamed maple back