This violin was very fun and exciting to build. It was the first one built on a new mould that was designed just for a 5 string. In an attempt to get a little more volume in the body for a more robust C string, the body was made about a half inch longer than standard, but maintains a standard string length. In addition to the added length, the ribs taper from a high of 36mm on the lower bass side bout to 28mm on the upper treble side bout.
The wood choice was also experimental. the back and sides were made from Camphor burl, which gives the inside of this violin a very aromatic smell. The top was carved from a nice piece of curly redwood. The neck was made from curly maple. The back was accented with a piece of curly maple down the center, and the top has curly maple banding the soft redwood edges.
The neck has a curvy peg box fitted with Wittner fine tune pegs with an 8.5 to 1 gear ration. Finger board and tail piece are hand carved from high quality ebony. nut and saddle are ivory.