Ethan Ford Heath

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  1. Modern Violas Based on The Stradivari CV form

    Since non-CV form violas are coming up, Sean Bishop spoke very highly of two violas he was selling by Alessandro Tossani, of Cremona, who seems to be a bit less well known. Tossani started making violas based on the Mahler, at 413mm with poplar backs, but has migrated to 420mm and maple backs. I gather that he doesn't make many, and one supposes is busy with the "CremonaTools" business. As far as I know, that is the only model and size of viola he makes, and he feels satisfied with it. Unfortunately I have not had the opportunity to try one.
  2. Modern Violas Based on The Stradivari CV form

    Torry Borman says on his website that his personal viola model is based on GDG.
  3. Gasparo 'da Salò' violas

    Regarding Amihai Grosz's viola, I had a chat with him when he was in town to play a recital and with his orchestra. And yes, his viola sounds pretty great in person! If anyone is looking for a new instrument modeled after his, they can be ordered from Alexandre Breton and Adam Korman, both of whom are quite familiar with the viola. I think M. Breton said a new order would take two years and cost 20K Euro. One of these is currently being played in the Berlin Phil.
  4. Gasparo 'da Salò' violas

    Many years ago I had the chance to spend an hour playing this viola, and under the ear it is truly magnificent, but a real handful, with what felt like a very long string length, and a big reach to get into higher positions, although I had been playing a deep-ribbed, high-arched 17 inch (430mm) instrument from the age of 13. Its gorgeous, deep, rich sound however convinced me to go to a larger da Salo model viola, a Helmuth Keller of 440mm, (which was also a really great-sounding instrument). I contacted Mr. Dunham a while back about getting a copy of his viola made, and he said that there is already a maker he trusts to make copies: Filippo Fasser. Mr. Fasser has made about 5 of them, including one for the principal viola of the RAI Orchestra. In addition, he has developed a 424mm version of the "Dunham" da Salo, which looks much more integrated and elegant than most of the original cut-down instruments. (IMHO). I would really like to try that one someday.
  5. Recommendations for replacement frog

    I asked a well-respected maker about a replacement frog for my ivory-frog Hill, and he said he would do it, but spent the rest of his message talking about his own bows, giving the me the commission information including price. He never mentioned how much the replacement frog would cost. Can anyone offer a ball-park estimate of how much a replacement (viola) bow frog should cost, from someone really good?