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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.  

 

Violas:

Two violas by Mathias Dahl, Minneapolis, 1951 These were built on Dahl's own model.  

A viola by Brian Skarsdad, New York, Maggini model

A viola by Vernon Hickerson, 1988.

15" Violas:

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

15 1/2'  to 16" VIOLAS:

Workshop of Steven Cundall, Texas- "Giorgio Luigi Belloso" 2006  $4580.00

Samuel Eastman, Scott Cao, Ming Jiang Zhu

A new viola by Edwin Halloran, winner of the Silver medal for tone at the last VSA competition in Indianapolis. Brescian model.

16" Violas:

A fine viola by Mark Womak, 2003. Brescian model.

A fine viola by William Whedbee of Chicago, made in 1991. $16,000.00

     Whedbee is mostly influenced by the work of Joseph "Filius" Guarneri, son of Andrea Guarneri, the patriarch of the Guarneri family of violin makers in Cremona, Italy.  Joseph "Filius" Guarneri is the father of Giuseppe Guarneri "del Gesu".  This viola is a beautiful example in great condition.

A fine 16 1/8"violas by Amos Hargrave, Charlotte, North Carolina, 1984.  

     Amos Hargrave, not to be confused with Roger Hargrave, won four gold medals at VSA competitions in the early 1980's before being designated a Hors Concours Luthier and not being allowed to compete any more. 

Gold medal for Viola Workmanship~1980

Gold medal for Viola Workmanship~1982

Gold medal for Viola Workmanship~1982

Gold medal for Violin Sound and Workmanship~1982

"Hors Concour" Status ~ 1984 a distinction given to makers who have won 3 or more gold medals at VSA competions.

Violin Society of America Workmanship Judge ~ International Violin Making Competiton - 1986, 1996

International Society of Bassists Workmanship Judge ~ Bass Making Competition- 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009.

Art of Sound Workmanship Judge ~ Violin Making Competiton - 2012

A fine viola by Benjamin Ruth, 16 5/8 Inches.

     This fine viola was made in 1996 by Ben Ruth, in Ithacan New York. Numbered #122 on the label.  

It is based on Maggini and Gaspar da Salo, with some Cremona flair thrown in with good result.  It's a beauty! 

A Fine viola by William Robert Scott, Minneapolis, 2006.  Winner of a Gold Medal at VSA in 2006.  SOLD

Wiebe, David- Viola, 16 5/8".  Made in Woodstock, New York in 2003.  This viola was played professionally for many years.

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 $4500.00

Ming Jiang Zhu, Guangzhou, China, 2012  several grades.

 

 

 

 

 

Many More violas are available and will be added soon!


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