Ref :   0866

A good modern viola of German Origin
Selected and imported by Johan Grobbelaar

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With a length of back of 39.7 cm this is a small instrument, making it very suitable for a woman or any person who is uncomfortable playing on a larger instrument.

It is characterised by very good tone - robust, balanced and even throughout the register, speaking with clarity, openness and responsiveness - easy to play on and certainly a violist's viola. All who have tried it were impressed by its tonal properties, which are equal to the demands of very advanced literature.

The materials are well chosen - a two-piece back and sides of nicely-figured maple with a medium curl. The top is of good tone spruce with a fine narrow grain. Workmanship is excellent throughout - tidy work in the corners and purfling neatly traced. Varnish is a beautiful reddish brown colour over a yellow ground.

This viola is new, but has been slightly artificially antiqued to look older than it actually is. Today such antiquing is no longer regarded as deceitful, but is perfectly acceptable and very much the norm in commercial and fine lutherie. In some international violinmaking competitions antiquing is an anticipated finish for which points are allocated.

This viola passes with conviction as a serious instrument that conforms to the requirements one may have for a professional instrument.


Dimensions :
  Length of back: 39.7 cm

Condition :
  Excellent. Brand new.
Currently fitted with new Pirastro 'Evah Pirazzi' strings.

Provenance :
  Owned by Johan Grobbelaar who selected and imported the instrument.

Price : On application


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