5-String Violas, Octolas & Pellegrinas

5-string violas afford the unique opportunity to in a sense play two instruments at once.  Though extremely rare, they are growing in popularity and we are planning on expanding our stock in the near future.  They are ideal for players of both violin and viola who need to use both instruments within the same performance.  You will be surprised at the quality of tone on the E string, as well as how quickly you can adapt to playing with 5 strings!

Even rarer than 5 stringed instruments are octolas, which are often bought by collectors.  Similarly rare are pellegrinas, violas with enlarged upper and lower bouts.  A pellegrina has the air volume of a much longer viola, its powerful sound is achieved by a wider as opposed to a longer body. Smaller violists love pellegrinas as they enable them to produce a sound comparable to a viola at a length that they would find physically impossible to play.

We encourage customers to relax and enjoy trying our instruments to ensure you make the right choice.  You will have the opportunity to spend as much time as needed in one of our dedicated “trying out” rooms because all instruments are an investment that require time and consideration.

Please contact Cardiff Violins for an appointment on 029 20 22 77 61.

The instruments below are for illustration purposes only, as our stock turns over on a regular basis. To guarantee the confidentiality of all sales, we do not advertise the price of our antique violins, our professional violins or those suitable for conservatoire students.

DON TATEM 5-STRING VIOLA: EVITA

This viol pattern 5-string viola is finished with a rich dark red varnish. Its distinctive sloping shoulders allow for ease of access to the upper registers on the E string, whilst retaining a warm depth of tone in the bass.

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DON TATEM 5-STRING VIOLA: QUINTUS

The small dimension of this viola make it ideal for a violinist looking for an additional string, as well as a larger range of notes, colours, tones and sensations!

Definitely one to try. Sound production is effortless!

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DON TATEM: TONUVENNA

Another charming 5 string viola from Don Tatem with an astonishingly consistent tone across its 5 strings.

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DON TATEM 5-STRING VIOLA: APHALIA

Lovely bright sound in the treble and warm in the bass.  To book a viewing or for more information please call 02920 227761.

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DON TATEM OCTOLA

An unusual and daring instrument from Don Tatem, fitted with 8 strings.  Highly recommended for collectors of unique instruments and experimental musicians.

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DON TATEM PELLEGERINA: SIAN

The same string length as a violin with the air volume of a 16 inch viola.  An excellent choice for smaller violists who need a powerful instrument. 

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DON TATEM PELLEGRINA: ORION

Another finely made instrument from Don Tatem, priced very modestly as is typical for his instruments.  Orion was made in 2007 and is an excellent investment for both musicians and collectors.

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DON TATEM PELLEGRINA: BELLA

A third pellegrina from the extraordinarily prolific local maker, Don Tatem!  A truly fitting name, this instruments delights the eyes as much as the ears.

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