Viola by Alexander Youngson, Glasgow, 1975
About Alexander YoungsonAlexander Youngson was based in Glasgow throughout his career. His violas were very popular with professional players in the Scottish orchestras of the time. Many have remained in the hands of one professional up until the present day and so they are often to be found in excellent condition.
About this violaThe viola was made in January 1975 and is labelled 'The Isabelle II'. The label tells us that it is number 35 in Youngon's output and is modelled after the violas developed by the violist Lionel Tertis.
The viola has a one piece back of finely-flamed maple with ribs and scroll to match. The two piece front is of narrow-grained spruce and the varnish is a pale golden-brown in colour.
The viola has a length of back of 426 mm or 16 and 3/4 inches.
How does it sound?This viola has a particularly compelling tone. It speaks well and is manageable to play: a successful interpretation of the Tertis model indeed!
ConditionThe viola is in excellent condition.
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