Our first 6 string Mezzo violin was recently completed and is now in the capable hands of the wonderful Ljova Zhurbin who is fast becoming at home with it and already making recordings exploring the huge range of the instrument (E,A,D,G,C,F). Check out his baby naming journal at http://thesoupasonic.livejournal.com/21808.html.
This instrument is the next generation of my work on the 6 string violin. The body is the size of a small viola with the scale length stretched to 35.6mm. That is short enough for a sweet hi E string that will not break and long enough for a clear low F string. I am very happy with how it turned out and am in the process of building the next one for another great modern violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain .
Stay tuned for more info about him and his new 6 string Mezzo Violin.