Ref :   0716

A fine viola by
Robert Brislin
(b. 1950)
Johannesburg, 2011

Robert Brislin is self-taught, having completed his first violin in 2006. His interest in violins started at age 10, when he began playing the violin. He was so fascinated by the instrument that he modelled miniature violins out of balsa wood. This led to a deep-seated desire to one day make a real violin.

Rob is a practising Attorney but has recently started working half-days in order to focus more on violin making. He has completed numerous instruments and has additionally taken to holding violin making classes in response to so many people having expressed a desire to learn to make stringed instruments. He has also completed a project on behalf of the Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra, funded by the Lotteries Board, in which he taught five young musicians from the townships to build their own instruments. Apart from making instruments he also undertakes repairs and restorations.

This viola is made of well-chosen and attractive materials - the maple used throughout is nicely figured with a straight and even medium curl producing a distinct flame. The top is of fine tone spruce with very straight medium grain. The oil-based varnish is of a very light-golden honey colour of high transparency, allowing for clear appreciation of the materials. The f-holes show elegance and refinement and the purfling is neatly traced with decent work in the corners.

With a back length of 38.9 cm, this is a small and comfortable viola. Its shortness is compensated for by fairly wide bouts. It speaks easily with a warm tone.


Dimensions :
  Back length: 38.9 cm. Upper bout: 19.2 cm. Middle bout: 13.2 cm. Lower bout: 24.4 cm. String length: 34.5 cm.

Condition :
  Impeccable. New instrument.

Provenance :

Price : Withheld


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