Ref :   0630

A very good viola by
Vassil Valtchev
Sofia, 1993

Vassil Valtchev is internationally accepted as one of the most important violin makers in Bulgaria and is certainly its leading viola maker. He seems to have a particular understanding of the tonal properties of violas and his output of these instruments is prolific - all of them well-crafted and sounding good. This particular instrument was made in Sofia, Bulgaria, in 1993.

This viola is characterized by a fine selection of very attractive woods and excellent workmanship. The top grain is unusually wide - somewhat of a characteristic of Valtchev's choice of materials evident in a lot of his violas. The scroll is elegant and balanced with a deep fluting into the edge that recalls Degani and other Venetian makers. Valtchev at times makes his own tailpieces and chinrests, as is in this case - they beautifully compliment the deep red-brown of the viola.

I have dealt with several of Valtchev's instruments and can speak for a consistence in quality and tonal property. As with all his other instruments, this one is noted for a robust tone. It speaks easily and is clear and even throughout the register.


Dimensions :
  Back length: 40.7 cm.

Condition Report :
  Excellent condition. No repairs or cracks.

Provenance :
  This viola was acquired directly from the maker by an important violist who used it as one of his principal instrument until his death. He favoured this viola above all his other instruments.

Price : Withheld


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