Viola by Rowan Armour-Brown, Warwick, 1984
About Rowan Armour Brown Rowan Armour-Brown trained under Morassi at the International Violin Making School in Cremona, graduating in 1975. She then worked for the highly-respected maker and restorer Gil Solomon before setting up on her own. Armour-Brown made over 120 instruments during her career, as well as lecturing at the Newark School of Violin Making and elsewhere.
Armour-Brown´s exceptional work as a maker and a teacher did a great deal to further the cause of British violin making. After her untimely death in 1996 the RAB Trust, set up in her name, now continues this work with their generous support of student violin makers in the UK.
About the violaThe viola was made in 1984 and is modelled after the instruments of Stradivari.
The viola has a two piece back of matching medium-flamed maple, the figuration descending from the centre joint. The ribs are of similar wood, and the scroll is of slightly plainer wood. The front is two pieces of medium grained spruce. The varnish is a rich red colour, laid over a lighter golden ground.
The viola has a length of back of 412 mm or 16 and 3/16th inches.
How does it sound?The viola has a warm and fruity sound and yet is extremely quick to respond. It has a fantastic range of colours available, making it a real pleasure to play. This viola would perform brilliantly in any setting and has the versatility needed to approach all of the major viola repertoire.
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