Okay, let’s state the problem.

  1. I’m interested in seeing if I can get a viola someplace that will let me tone down on the piercing quality of the D and A strings.
  2. I don’t want to lose too much on the G and C strings.
  3. I’d also like it to be quieter.
  4. If it’s also got a smaller body and string length, making it more ergonomically friendly, I wouldn’t complain.

I don’t know if all of these things are possible with one instrument. I’m thinking that any decrease in size to make it quieter and more playable will cut low-frequency components out, making the bass strings less resonant and the treble strings … just as trebly but thin-sounding.

I’ll have to tread carefully here. These things aren’t cheap.