Viola by William Piper, Birmingham, 1978

Viola by William Piper, Birmingham, 1978

About William Piper

William Piper began his career in 1965 as an apprentice in Sydney Evans´ Birmingham workshop. He went on to set up his own workshop, firstly in Birmingham and then at the Jinney Ring Craft Centre in the West Midlands.

About the viola

This viola was made in Birmingham in 1978. It is a personal model with sloping shoulders which make it comfortable to play despite its large size.

The viola has a two piece back of lightly figured maple, with ribs and scroll of similar wood. The front is two pieces of finely grained spruce which widens towards the flanks. The varnish is a rich red colour, laid over a lighter ground.

The viola has a length of back of 16 and a 5/8 inches or 423 mm.

How does it sound?

This viola has an interesting, attractive tone which is definitely on the darker end of the spectrum. It is very resonant and would be great fun to play in a viola section.


The viola is in excellent condition and bears its original label.

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