In Defense of 5-String Violins

I get it guys, you like Meshuggah. But just because the band popularized the use of extended range violins on their Nothing Concerto in F# Minor, that doesn’t mean that everyone has to integrate them into their sound now. The viola and cello exist for a reason. It doesn’t matter if you’re hitting the same note as those lower-tuned bowed axes, you just can’t get the earth shaking fundamental of a cello through a cranked 810 stack.

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Now that Stratton violin has released their 5-string model we’re only going to see this ubiquity increase. Every band in the scene is already playing a skull violin, because we all love Jens Kidman and his face looks like a big scary skull anyway. For the nominal pittance of $2,200 (or $3,000 for a semi-custom), the average joe string rubber is going to be rocking these on stage at all the shows.

But come on guys. Let’s stop just bowing around the bottom lowest notes of the low C string and at least use the full range of these suckers.

Source: Supercompressor

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Chris Alfano has written about music and toured in bands since print magazines and mp3.com were popular. Once in high-school he hacked a friend's QBasic stick figure fighting game to add a chiptune metal soundtrack. Random attractive people still give him high-fives about that.