Viola by James Robinson, Australia, 2005
About James RobinsonJames Robinson is a contemporary Australian maker whose workshop is in Derrinallum, Victoria. Robinson studied with the violin maker Morassi at the International School of Violin Making in Cremona. He then worked for a number of well-respected European violin shops, including the renowned Ealing Strings in London. Robinson has won four international awards for his making, including the 2014 silver medal for tone at the VSA competition for a viola. Robinson has made over 300 instruments over the course of a long and prolific career.
About the violaThis viola was made in 2005 and is a personal model. It has a two piece back of book-matched maple, the flame descending slightly towards the centre joint. The front is one piece of relatively wide-grained spruce and the varnish is a rich, reddish-brown, laid over a more golden ground.
The viola the ideal size for many, a comfortable 16 inches.
How does it sound?The viola has a full, rich sound and carries very well. It is even right across the range and responds well, making it a comfortable instrument to play. It has a good range of colour and would be an excellent partner for exploring demanding twentieth century repertoire.
ConditionThe viola is in excellent condition with no cracks. It bears the maker´s stamp on the bottom rib.
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