We use a 15 inch viola body rather than a full size violin body to correct the c-string on a 5 string violin that often sounds flabby and listless. If a maker used a 16" viola and placed a e-string as a fifth string, the e ends up screaming!
The 5 string violin by Musaica Imports is a customized version of the 15 inch Concert Viola. We fit an individually hand made tailpiece and perfection pegs (you can request standard pegs).
For teachers who want to lead their classes and play viola and cello parts without switching instruments, this is a great choice!
Lead time for custom preparation is 3-4 weeks.