Viola by James Rawes, Carlisle, 1988

Viola by James Rawes, Carlisle, 1988

About James Rawes

James Rawes is a contemporary English maker studied at the Newark School of Violin Making, graduating in 1980. He then worked in renowned Hill workshop before returning to Carlisle in 1984 to set up his own workshop.

About the viola

This viola was made in Carlisle in 1988.

The viola has a two piece back of book matched maple, the flame running horizontally from the centre joint. The scroll is of similar wood and the ribs are of slightly narrower flame. The front is two pieces of medium-grained spruce and the varnish is a rich red colour.

It is modelled after the 1696 `Archinto´ Stradivari viola and has a length of back of 16 and a half inches.

How does it sound?

Even across the strings and with a lovely singing character, this viola is comfortable to play and responds well. It has a good amount of grit to the sound and changes character with ease.


The viola is in very good condition and bears its original label.

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