It is official, and very exciting: I am definitely buying the beautiful amazing new 5-string violin that Per Klinga built for me. It has his distinctive baroque-styled fingerboard and tailpiece, and a one-piece maple back that looks like a sunburst. The body is 5mm longer than a standard violin; I think also the bouts are a smidge wider and the sides a smidge taller, though I am not currently possessed of fine measuring equipment. It sounds big and resonant and warm, enjoys playing with Andrea’s new violin from Douglas Cox, balances well across its full range. I believe it’s the best 5-string violin I’ve played, and I’m looking forward to working and growing with it for many years to come. Thanks to everyone who’s helped me decide to take the plunge!

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