Viola by Rob Furze, Edinburgh, 2019
This viola has now sold.
About Rob FurzeRob is a brilliant Edinburgh-based luthier who trained at the Newark School of Violin Making. He then worked for Michael Byrd and John Dilworth, as well as in the workshop of J.P. Guivier, before setting up his own workshop in 2017. Satisfyingly, Rob is also an excellent violist himself.
About the violaThis viola is modelled after the famous instrument by Anselmo Bellosio which can be found in the collection of the Royal College of Music. The viola was made in 2019 and the length of back is 15 and a 1/4 inches.
How does it sound?Small violas are generally thought of as tonally inferior to their larger counterparts: this can be true, however this viola certainly bucks the trend! With a full and rich lower end and a nicely balanced A string, this is an exceedingly good choice for anyone in search of a smaller viola.