Czech viola made circa 1920

Czech viola made circa 1920

About Czech violin making

This viola was made in Luby, then known by the German name Schönbach. The town had been a centre of violin making since the arrival of the Pöpel and Placht families in the second half of the 17th century and flourished during the reign of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. By 1927 the town had a population of 4,500, of which one-third were involved in the making of string instruments.

About the viola

One of the most generously-sized violas in our stock, this Czech instrument has a length of back of 16 and 3/4 inches. It is a Strad model viola made around 1920.

The viola has a two piece back of book-matched maple, the flame descending gently from the centre joint. The front is two pieces of spruce and the varnish is a deep red colour.

How does it sound?

The viola is even across the strings and rings well. Despite its age, the tone means that this is an instrument that would be particularly appropriate in early music repertoire.


The viola is in good condition with some restored worm damage to the ribs.

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