It's not just a VSO, it's officially a violin. A sinister one it's true, but it looks like a violin, it sounds like a violin, it plays (with difficulty for a right-hander) like a violin. So it's no longer just a Violin-Shaped Object.
It actually sounds very good to my ear. It has an even and strong tone through the entire range. Playing a scale is the only way I have of testing the tone, and it is good. Being played by a left-handed player will of course be the real test. Hopefully that will take place at Goderich in August, or at the MVA meeting later this month.