Amateur viola, Scotland, circa 1990

Amateur viola, Scotland, circa 1990

About the maker

As sometimes happens, this viola has lost all traces of its maker's name. It is our opinion that the viola was made around 1990, most likely in Scotland. The maker was an exceptionally capable woodworker: the purfling and corners of this instrument are incredibly good. The very unusual model and large scroll are the features that suggest the maker was an amateur violin maker.

About this viola

As mentioned above, at present it is not possible to give any definite answers regarding the beginning of this instrument's life! It is built on a very personal model, giving the impression that the maker was experimenting with the ideal viola dimensions, perhaps with a particular player in mind.

The viola has a one piece back of slab-cut maple with ribs and scroll to match. The front is two pieces of straight-grained spruce. The varnish is relatively heavily shaded.

The viola has a length of back of 15 and 5/8ths or 398mm.

How does it sound?

The depth of the ribs and the height and fullness of this viola’s arching help it to achieve a fantastic depth of sound. This is surprising given it’s small stature! It is a very responsive and enjoyable instrument to play, with plenty of projection. Whoever the maker was, they really knew what they were doing!


The viola is in very good condition.

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