1)Where can I buy strings?
2)Where can I get a case for my instrument?
can I find music written for the octet?
4)Where can I buy
recordings of new family instruments?
5)Where can I purchase
6)How much do octet instruments cost?
1)The SuperSensitive String Company www.supersensitive.com makes matched sets of durable strings for all the octet violins except the two
basses, which can be strung with conventional strings of your choice. Alto players
can also try SuperSensitive’s long (20”), light-gauge viola strings
as well. Octet instruments with tunings and string lengths similar to conventional
instruments, for example, the baritone and mezzo, can use any commercially available
2)The treble violin will fit into a half-size
violin case, while a soprano will fit a three-quarter-violin case, both of which
are commonly available. Take note that neither of these cases normally accepts
a full-size bow. The mezzo fits nicely into a case intended for a 15” –
15 ¼” viola. At present the alto requires a custom case or bag, although
there are creative ways to adapt non-musical-instrument cases for the purpose.
The tenor will fit some standard half or three-quarter size cello cases, but these
may not accept a full size bow. For the baritone, small bass, and contrabass,
bags are a more economical choice. Custom case and bag makers can also be contacted
to make something for your instrument. The NVFA is working with certain companies
to provided fitted cases, so check back from time to time!
is presently being prepared by the NVFA and will be posted on this web site when
available. This will eventually include music of varying difficulty as well as
music for subsets of the octet. Transcriptions and adaptations will be among our
offerings, and also music written especially for the new violin family.
presently has a small, but growing, catalog of discs. These can be ordered through
our central office or the online order form on this website. Our discs are also
available on CD Baby www.cdbaby.com along with other recordings produced by independent artists who play individual
5)Start with the luthier’s
list on this web site. Most of the makers listed not only are trained craftspeople,
but also have received training in the acoustic methods required to tune the plates
(the tops and backs) of the instruments in accordance with the techniques developed
by Dr. Carleen M. Hutchins.
6)The list given here is intended as a general guideline for planning purposes. Prices shown are in US dollars. Please keep in mind that these amounts reflect prices typically paid for hand-made, built-to-order octet violins from experienced makers based on the current market. The NVFA does not attempt to regulate the prices asked by individual makers, so these amounts may vary considerably.The NVFA continues to work toward ways to provide quality instruments for beginners and students at lower cost.
| $3,000.00 - $4,000.00
$3,000.00 - $5,000.00
$4,000.00 -- $7,500.00
$4,000.00 -- $10,000.00
$5,000.00 -- $13,125.00
$7,000.00 -- $15,000.00
$10,000.00 -- $20,000.00
$15,000.00 -- $25,000.00