ATTENTION!: You most likely got to this page via a search engine rather than visiting the Adventurous Muse Storefront. This is a custom-made instrument, available ONLY at our new store, Don Rickert Musical Instruments (www.RickertMusicalInstruments.com).
The Octave Violin Darci Jones Model (aka the "Type II" Model) was designed by Dr. Don Rickert, IDSA of Don Rickert Research & Design in collaboration with Fiddarci Lutherie in Birmingham, AL, who also builds the instruments, is a William Sidney Mount "Cradle of Harmony" inspired instrument, but with Chanot-type "slit" soundholes, with many modifications based on recent research in bowed string instrument acoustics.
This is a purpose-built (not a re-strung violin or viola) octave instrument with unbelievable projection and a nice deep timbre (unlike some other instruments, which are loud but 'thin')...this instrument has its own distinctive sound and projects like a fine 'cello! Natalie Haas, one of the truly world-class 'cellists, also owns a Darci Jones Model Octave Violin.
The Octave Violin Darci Jones Model and a related octave violin (see the William Sidney Mount Model) are being played by some of the finest musicians in the world, including the Swedish group Vasen, David Greenberg, Alasdair Fraser and talented and gracious Natalie Haas (one of the world's finest cellists), who has said very nice things about us and her instrument on her website. Darol Anger (father of the modern octave violin) performed with this instrument as well and says some VERY nice things about our company on his website.
We strongly recommend the CodaBow Diamond Series VIOLA bow or the Glasser Octagonal Braided Carbon Fiber Viola Bow for all of our octave fiddles and violins.