Viola by William Carter, London, 1933

Viola by William Carter, London, 1933

About William Carter

It 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 viola

This 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.


The viola is in very good condition with some wear to the varnish.

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