I really do have to see if I can take some weight off of the thing, up to amputating the scroll if it’s possible. It’s really just too heavy is the thing. The intervals aren’t a big issue for me anymore; I seem to have learned how to reach them without major issues, at least on the top three strings. (Using the pinky on the C string is always nasty on a viola unless you’re Kim Kashkashian.) It’s just the damned weight of the thing anymore. 😛
I know I need to bring it south again, just to have the chinrest properly dealt with. And while it’s there I can ask him about removing weight.