Viola by Helen Michetschläger, Ashby de la Zouch, 1985
About Helen MichetschlägerHelen Michetschläger graduated from the prestigious Newark School of Violinmaking in 1980 and established a career as a highly-respected maker of contemporary instruments. Her research and writing on instrument making mean that she is in much demand as lecturer on all aspects of luthiery.
About the violaThe viola was made in 1985 and is modelled after the instruments of Nicolò Amati.
The viola has a two piece back of matching finely-flamed maple, the figuration descending slightly from the centre joint. The front is two pieces of spruce and the varnish is a rich red colour, laid over a lighter golden ground.
The viola has a length of back of 405 mm or 15 and 15/16th inches.
How does it sound?Absolutely brilliant! This is an instrument with a huge voice and a lively, responsive character. The fundamental tone is beguiling, however the viola is capable of assuming a large variety of different characters. Reliable and yet able to change colour very quickly, this is a really fantastic instrument to play.
ConditionThe viola is in excellent original condition.
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