Viola by William Carter, London, 1933
About William CarterIt is likely that Carter was an amateur luthier whose profession involved woodworking in some way: his workmanship is skilled but there is no record of him as a violin maker. This was a period which gave rise to many skilled amateur makers: technical manuals by the likes of Edward Heron-Allen gave many the opportunity to learn violin making as a serious hobby.
About this violaThis viola was made in London in 1933 and is built on a personal model.
The viola has a two piece back of quarter-sawn maple with ribs and scroll to match. The front is two pieces of straight-grained spruce and the varnish is reddish-brown in colour, laid over a lighter golden ground.
The viola has a length of back of 16 and a quarter inches, or 413 mm.
How does it sound?This instrument has a robust and full sound. At times, it feels almost trumpet-like in its projection. An excellent sounding antique instrument for a relatively modest price, this would make a fantastic upgrade for a serious violist.
ConditionThe viola is in very good condition with some wear to the varnish.
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