I'm an experienced flautist but I'm bored of the flute now, been playing for over 30 years.
I'd like to try either the viola or the cello and I would like to know your opinions!
The disadvantages for me would be the twisty uncomfortable arm/wrist position for the viola (isn't this really hard to get used to, as an adult learner?) and learning a new clef as well as all the difficulties of the instrument. But the cello, although it seems more comfortable and I can already read bass clef, is so big to carry around - especially as I don't drive. And more expensive. And I'm not very big or strong which makes me think the viola would be quite tiring to hold up and the cello quite heavy to lug round.
I don't much like playing on my own and my priority would be to find a group to join as soon as I can. I'd really like to hear from conductors and orchestral players..... Is the viola more in demand? (in orchestras, string quartets, or anything else)? I don't really mind the fact that violas rarely get the melody, it's more important to me to actually feel wanted. But maybe cellos are needed too?