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Violas

Violas range in size from very large ones at 17 inches or more, down to even 13" violas for kids.

I have many violas in a variety of sizes, models, and price ranges. 

 

Violas:

15" Violas:

Savannah Strings- Gasparo Da Salo models.  Various sizes.

"Avalon Prodigy" Beijing, China, 2004 $1800

"Carl De Luca" West Coast String Instruments, China,  2014

"Santoro Lucci" West Coast Strings-China- 2003  $1600.00

Workshop of Ming Jiang Zhu, Guangzhu China, 2016 $3300.00 various sizes available

15 1/2" VIOLAS:

Savannah Strings, Gasparo Da Salo models.

A fine viola by Peter Yang of Chicago, 2006

Workshop of Steven Cundall, Texas- "Giorgio Luigi Belloso" 2006  

Workshop of Ming Jiang Zhu, Guangzhu, China, 

Andreas Eastman

16" Violas:

Alkis Rappas;

Alkis S. Rappas started taking private violin lessons at the age of nine.  He received formal violin training at the Bucharest George Enescu School of Music for three years studying with Mirca Vasilescu, a student of George Enescu and Carl Flesch.  At the age of seventeen, Alkis decided to pursue a career in Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, and continued playing violin in community orchestras and for his own enjoyment.  He completed undergraduate studies in Chemical Engineering at the Bucharest, Romania, and the Athens, Greece, Polytechnic Universties.  After receiving a Ph.D. from Yale University in Engineering and Applied Science, he embarked on a successful and highly rewarding career as an R&D engineer and inventor fo the next 40 years.

Alkis started violin making in the early 1980's, inspired by the acoustical research of Carleen Hutchins.  He attended workshops to learn more about Hutchins work with Ed Campbell's Chimneys Violin Workshops in Tucson, AZ, to learn more about the practical applications of acoustics in violin making.  This started a full time parallel violin making career to the one in engineering and R&D.

I 1992, Alkis was invited to learn from Vahakn Nigogosian, "Nigo", who worked at the Wurlitzer along side Simone Sacconi.  Nigo started the Oberlin Violin Restoration Workshop, which had begun a few years earlier.  Nigo taught at Oberlin until his passing in 1997.  The Oberlin workshops continue, with the violin making workshop being under the excellent direction of Christopher Germain.  There, along with now many of the most successful Luthiers of our generation, Alkis has gradually gained information, data, techiques, tools, examination and analysis of classical Italian masterpieces, and research at the highest levels.  

Alkis has learned to appreciate and apply in his own making the key elements of the Italian making traditions, style, character, and tonal qualities.  Being an accomplished player himself enables Alkis to assess the tonal qualities of his own creations.  

Alkis makes violins and violas intended for professional musicians, advanced students and passionate amateur players.  The tonal and artistic qualities of these instruments result from the melding of both traditional Italian violin making methods and principles, and modern day research on the acoustics of violins and violas.  Alkis has been rewarded many awards for his instruments, including silver medals for tone.  His focus now is totally on violin and viola making.

I am pleased and honored to offer a 16 inch viola in my shop, made by Alkis Rappas.  Please call for an appointment to try it. 

There is much more to the story of this viola.  

Alkis told me about going to Italy to buy wood from the best wood dealers, and choosing wood with his Italian friend Luca Primon.  He told me about the time it takes to make the varnish and apply it himself.  He told me about drawing the viola himself, with input from other maker friends at Oberlin, using classical proportions and dimensions in the style of the Italian masters.      

Gustav August Ficker, Germany, 1965

Roman Teller, Germany, 1979

Steven Cundall Workshop, Texas, 2006

Workshop of Ming Jiang Zhu, Guangzhu China 2016 $3400.00 Mr. Zhu is a multiple award winner at VSA competions.

"Vito Rossi", West Coast String Instruments, China, 2016 $2500.00

"Avalon" "From the bench of Guy Cole",  1999. $4000.00

Savannah strings, Gasparo Da Salo models.

16 1/8 "to 16 1/4" Violas;

16 1/8" Viola made by John R. Waddle in 1992.  

I was inspired by a 1715 Stradivari viola when I made this one.  I sold it to a local violist, a player and teacher, who used it until just recently and it was time for her to pass it on.  Not antiqued, but naturally aged.

16 1/4" viola from Pablo Alfaro from Atlanta, Georgia.  Pablo has won many awards, and is a fine musician as well as a fine maker.

16 1/2" Violas

William Robert Scott, Minneapolis, 1999. $16,000.00.  The body length is 16 5/16".  The string length is 14 3/4" (or 375 mm).    Bill Scott is one of the best of the current American makers and is a multiple award winner at VSA competitions, having achieved the coveted "Hors Concours" status with the Violin Society of America.

Ming Jiang Zhu, China, modleled after Andrea Guarneri

Savannah Strings all sizes, Gasparo Da Salo models.

16 5/8" Violas

A Viola by Benjamin Ruth, Boston, 1997 Maggini Model, 16 5/8" body length.  375 mm (14 3/4") string length.  Beautiful one piece back with matching ribs. 

Call for price and availablity. 

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A fine viola by Brian Skarstad of New York.   Maggini model.  

16 3/4" Violas

 

 

 

 

 

Gold medal for Viola Workmanship ~ 1980
Gold medal for Viola Workmanship ~ 1982
Gold medal for Violin Workmanship ~ 1982
Gold medal for Violin Sound ~1982
“Hors Concours” status ~ 1984
Distinction given to makers who have won 3 or more gold medals at VSA competitions
Violin Society of America Workmanship Judge ~ International Violin Making Competition – 1986, 1996
 
International Society of Bassists Workmanship Judge  ~ Bass Making Competition – 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009
 
Art of Sound Workmanship Judge  ~ Violin Making Competition – 2012
 
Published Articles
 
Hargrave, Amos. “Localized Corrections in Top and Back Plates before or instead of Making Plaster Moulds.” The Conservation, Restoration, and Repair of Stringed Instruments and Their Bows. Ed. Tom Wilder. Vol 2. Archetype Publications Ltd: 2011.This is a clean viola made in the style of Goffriller.Gottfried Raabs, Bubenreuth, Germany, 1987 $4,000.00Workshop of Steven Cundall, Texas, 2008 $4500.00Ming Jiang Zhu, Guangzhou, China, 2012  several sizes and grades.Many More violas are available and will be added soon!

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