Well I need another vote option. My viola is coming out as transgender at the moment, it's a very confusing time.
She is a young thing (1975) and has always had a gentle, rather violin-ish quality, helped by her skinny ribs and slender shoulders. But now she's arriving at viola puberty and has decided to string herself in a more masculine way, shedding her high heeled Dominant and Corelli C strings and butching up in the lower register. The whole range is becoming darker, more masculine. I nearly always now call him "mate" and am more likely to describe him as a boy now.
My daughter's violin is a boy. His name is (perversely) Piano. He is a 1/16 size and when he grows up he wants to be a cello.
My violin is a girl. It wasn't this violin as I had to trade my collection of violins and violas all in part exchange to get my current viola when I was preparing for grade 8, but when I was younger I had to book a ticket on a plane for my violin. Her ticket read "Miss Violet Lin" although if I'm doing fiddle music she has a stage name of Vi O'Lin. Oh dear, how crazy am I?
My daughter has no truc with this, people keep asking her the names of all her toys and she has many, many dolls called Dolly, all her teddies are called Teddy, her monkey is called Monkey... do you see the theme here?
None of my recorders have names or genders, nor does my flute or piano. I thought maybe it was to do with the level of bond I have with my instruments whether I'm close to them or not, but I'm way more connected with my Moeck rosewood than my violin.
I think I lost it.