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  1. I have a viola labeled as a Stefano Scarampella. I assume it has been mislabeled but curious what people think.
  2. Elliot Kempton

    The Swan (Saints-Seans) - On Viola!

    Hi everyone! I've just recorded "The Swan" on Viola, and I would love to know what people think of it
  3. Hi there I realise that there's been a lot of discussion around set-up for instruments - but most of what I have read relates to violins and cellos and not a lot of specific viola advice. As violas vary even more than violins, I'm asking for tips from viola makers / experts for my situation. My viola is quite rich and dark sounding, which is lovely on it's own but not useful when trying to cut through in ensembles. It's not quiet but not as powerful as I would like either. There are a lot of resonances and overtones. I used to have a more strident instrument which cut through but didn't have nearly as much depth in it's basic tone as this one. I'm wondering what setup tweaks I can do to try and give it a bit more edge. (tailgut, tailpiece, strings etc.) One thing I was particularly wondering was about the distance the tailpiece sits from the saddle & material used - is it more useful to be metal/ kevlar & very close to the saddle for a darker sounding viola? I'll try and give as much info on my instrument as possible: Quite new viola (5 months - so I realise more playing in will be useful, although it's already had some quite aggressive breaking in being played in a very loud show twice a day for 2 months). 16.375" back length. (It's not especially wide nor has especially deep ribs) Vibrating string length of 370mm (with an afterlength of 78mm) It's arching is between moderate - moderately high. The seasoned maple used is apparently particularly dense / heavy wood - with the luthier thinning the plate 0.5mm more than she would normally. The current strings are Evah Pirazzi Gold. Current tailpiece Wittner ebony w/ integrated tuners - nylon tailgut. The bridge is slightly more wedged than 'normal' (slightly more thick towards the bottom) but is top quality & hard. The action isn't low, and might get uncomfortable any higher. Oil varnish (still a little soft) Thanks in advance for those who able to take some time on this... Simon
  4. Christabel

    12-20K Viola Suggestions

    Hi All, I am a high school student looking into purchasing a high quality viola. I am interested in instruments ranging from $12,000 to $20,000. I currently play a $4,500 Erdesz copy made in Washington, D.C. in 2016. I am open to any suggestions of shops/makers, though these would preferably be located in the mid-atlantic/northeast U.S. Thank you!
  5. Stringsayer

    Herman Wilhelm Hammig Viola

    Has anyone seen a Hammig viola sell recently? I know they are rare. I have seen one listed as sold previously, but I can't find the source now. Are there any Germans watching this site who know more about these?
  6. Felefar

    Joseph Meyer viola???

    Now that the little old viola is well strung and tested, it is time to try to find out what I have... The label was affixed in the bottom, on top of a repairer's stamp from 1954. When I checked the inside with a boroscope, I found the place on the rib where it had originally been affixed, the rectangular glue patch was quite visible. I also found an old bridge wedged into the bottom close to the bottom block, marked "H SCHICKER FREIBURG" The label seems to say "Joseph Meyer zu Br...... ..... Anno 1666", which is quite a bit earlier than I am willing to believe. Anyway, it sounds amazingly well with a full rich tone, so I am very happy with it.
  7. Good afternoon group, I'm a happy Pedi case owner. I'm a bit worried about the fact that when I close the case one of the bow holders is touching my Guarneri-type chinrest putting a bit of pressure on its slightly elevated edge. Is this a reason of concern?
  8. JavierPortero

    Forgotten Viola repertoire

    Putting together viola music for a YT playlist I came across some interesting and unknown (to me) repertoire: Röntgen viola sonata Joly Braga Santos concerto Jacques Francaix rhapsody for viola and orchestra Hikaru Hayashi concerto Beside this, the Rosza concerto and Martinu Rhapsody are seldom played. Any other viola works we can add to this list?
  9. johntgr

    Dominant Viola strings advise

    I am considering buying a set of Thomastik Dominants for my viola but I'm not sure which is the correct for the size of my instrument. It is a 16'' viola with a 37 cm string length (measured from the nut to the bridge). Which is the correct set? Is it the no. 141 one or the no. 4125? The measurements in the manufacturer's refer to the instrument's back size of to string length? Any ideas?
  10. thirteenthsteph

    Gasparo 'da Salò' violas

    Instead of continuing the hijacking of a thread by a fellow violist with the same name, I thought maybe I can indulge my fascination with da Salo violas (and violas, in general) in a new thread. I just discovered Amihai Grosz who plays a 1570 Gasparo and it has got to be the greatest viola I've heard. Short demonstration: Also, look at that wide grain. So... there's not much to this thread, I guess. I hope that others might post their favourite sounding (and looking violas), modern or old, to get an idea of what is out there. Looking at you, Mr Dwight, I was following your viola thread when it was being made, and still no sound clip! I'm so interested in hearing it!
  11. Hell everybody, Last May I send my oil-varnished viola to a qualified repair person to be cleaned. During the cleaning, three parallel lines appeared on varnish running along the upper left frontal side of the instrument. The repair person tried to "camouflage" them by applying linseed oil on them but with no luck.... The lines are still there! They can be noticed under appropriate light. Is there another way to make them dissapear or it doesn't worth it? I have attached a couple of photos - the lines can be better seen if you zoom the images. Thank you in advance. John
  12. thirteenthsteph

    Dart-shaped viola case?

    Lately I've been thinking of upgrading my viola case, as the one I have I believe offers not much protection. It is one of those cases made of natural fibres, the top used to press onto the bridge (I subsequently pushed inside the foam in that area to provide some clearance) and also the suspension system I believe is flawed, or it would only work with a smaller viola than mine (mine is 16.5'', the case supposedly fits all sizes), considering the base of the neck does not rest on the cushion (it is too low), resulting in the scroll resting on the bottom instead of being suspended in the air. When I bought it I didn't know and I had limited choices... For a month or so, I had been carrying the viola in a cardboard box with a DIY strap! I even got it on the plane like that. Anyway, that's a big enough prologue. Do you have any recommendations for good quality cases, preferably dart-shaped or viola-shaped, and definitely light-weight, for a 16.5'' viola? Not too expensive, I definitely cannot get a Musafia, but you could mention anything that comes to mind. Anything easily available in the EU is a plus... I can't seem to find Bobelocks, for example, around here and I don't think it's a good idea to order from the US, due to the added costs. I have no need for much space inside, I do not use a shoulder rest. Also, I'd like to mention that I have read the posts on the 'other site', written by Mr Musafia, regarding carbon fiber cases, which really shattered my view of them, but I still haven't ruled them out as I can't seem to find a good dart-shaped case. Sorry if the topic has been beaten to death, just looking for new ideas! EDIT: Dart-shaped & viola-shaped. Anything not huge.
  13. thirteenthsteph

    Violist Marc Sabbah

    Just a violist I discovered a couple of days ago and perhaps many of you will enjoy listening. He 'plays on a Leroy F. Geiger viola dated 1951 made in Chicago, USA', another new name for me.
  14. neeneen6

    Just Gonna Dive In!

    So, I'd like to thank you all in advance for potentially helping me sort through all of the general questions I have, and also welcoming me into this community(by allowing me to create a free account to quiz the people in the lifelong trade/journey about what I seem to have gotten myself into). Thanks again for reading. I am excited to become a part of this particular community!
  15. Abarson

    Viola identification

    Greetings, all! I'm new to the forum, so please be gentle. I have inherited two instruments from my mother, one a Jacobus Stainer violin, which I understand to be late 19th century. The other is a viola that Google fails to provide any information on. The label reads as follows: Pauer & Kubesela, Op. 15 Poszony 1902 Any information about the origin of this viola would be appreciated.
  16. johntgr

    Is the neck and pegbox ok?

    I have noticed recently that the neck/pegbox of my viola is slightly inclined towards the treble side. I have asked an expert and he told me that this is normal with string instruments. He showed me a violin that had the same kind of inclination. I live in a hot and humid climate (Corfu island. Greece) where tempetures in my room are around 28-31 degrees Celsious and humidity around 50-70%. I have posted three images. What do you think? Is something to worry about? Thank you in advance for your responses.
  17. Florian

    building a viola vs violin

    I'm planning to make my first string instrument soon and as a violist (I've been playing for seven years now) I of course really want to build my own viola. After searching for a long time online I quickly find out however that there are so many more resources for violin and cello building for beginners as well as wood and hardware required to finish. So my question is; is it a better idea for me to build a violin as there are many plans, instructions and cheap hardware for it, or should I make a viola which I can play myself and be proud of? (with maybe a steeper learning curve and more things to work out for myself)
  18. Hello All, It's been a while since I've posted 'round here. Been busy with a new job this last year. School finally let out so I can breath again for a bit. Anyway, I recently acquired a nice late-18th Century Viola. It's labeled as Paulo Castello (S, not F) made in Genoa 1780. I don't have any illusions that it actually is one of his instruments (mainly because it doesn't look like any of his work) but it's still a rather interesting instrument and would like to discuss it here. I'll start off by saying that this viola has received a lot of attention from a previous luthier (or two). I'm a violist and can say, with decades of experience behind me as a player, that it sounds pretty amazing despite it's small size. The C string, in particular, is deep & resonant despite the narrow design of the body. Also, the A is also rather exquisite and exceptional. Actually, the instrument's natural resonant frequency seems to be right around 440hz. No joke, If you play an A anywhere near it, the whole body vibrates in sympathy. Tuning is quite the experience as when you tune the A to anywhere from 438-442hz, it just comes alive (never had a viola do that before) I'll include the vital stats below. I would like to draw attention to the "Thomas Smith" stamp on the bass bar. I'm guessing he's the one who did all the work on the instrument, but where when or where I do not know. I've not opened the top, but has discerned the the following repairs: -New Bass Bar -Multiple crack cleats -Edge doubling -Reset neck -Scroll graft -Soundpost Belly Patch -Soundpost back crack fill -General over varnishing I'm mainly interested in discussing the possible origins of this viola, as well as anything else that catches your eye. To my eye, it's a very oddly shaped instrument. Very widely-set asymmetrical f-holes with a narrow body. Although it's almost 16", the ribs are about the same as a violin (as is the neck width at the nut). I've taken lots of pictures, and will start with a few general ones to get things going. I can provide any angle you might need to discern details. Thanks in advance for your discussion, I've always enjoyed learning from everyone's experience. Thank you in advance for any insight you can give: Labelled: Paulus Castello fecit Genuae anno 1780 Back Length: 397mm String Length: 362mm Upper: 177mm Middle: 125mm Lower: 221mm Ribs: 29mm Neck Length: 143mm (measured from ribs to scroll) Neck Length: (nominal) 128mm Neck Width at Nut: 23mm F-hole Length: 73mm F-Hole ID (Upper) 51.5mm F-hole OD (Lower) 161
  19. theviolaguy

    Bed Bugs and Violas

    My familie's home was just diagnosed with a bed bug infestation. We are having a professional exterminate the home, but I do not know if I need to do anything for my viola. I figure I can leave the case in my home when they do the extermination, but I cannot and will not leave my viola. They heat up our home past 130 degrees Fahrenheit. My question is this, do I need to have my viola cleaned/what do I do to make sure bed bugs are not hiding in my instrument?
  20. So, I've been pretty timid about posting recordings of myself online. And posting solo Bach is especially scary, but this past weekend, I finally went ahead with it. BTW- It's about 10 seconds in that I realize I didn't tighten my bow enough. (whoops) And I'm dedicated to my attaca Allemande, so it isn't until the Courante that I tighten it. And by the time I start playing the Sarabande, my top two strings (gut) are thoroughly out of tune. I should've stopped to tune sooner than I did (just before the bourrees). Live performance...
  21. Altonian2017

    Kodály Dances of Galanta

    Hi guys - section leader here for a London non-pro orchestra that has programmed the Kodály next concert. Any idea how to lead a section to play the passage at 487 well? Syncopations are quite quick...
  22. I have been looking for a good student viola for my niece and came across this on eBay for $199 plus shipping. The label inside indicates it is a 15.5 inch viola which is what she needs. Label markings as follows, Monique V. PW-250 15 1/2" 2008 Adjusted in Grace Violin Shop I am not familiar with this label marking so are there any one who can help me with information on this so called Monique V viola? The strings look like Dominant strings. I have tried to contact the Grace Violin Shop but NO reply from them and probably I sent the email to the wrong email address inbox. Here are few photos. Thank you for your information.
  23. Hello to everyone this is De Paoli from Canada I would like to add more photos of tone wood and accessories that we have if there is an interest please let me know as we are moving from our present location over the next month and would like all this wonderful collection to go to luthier's hands! the next few posts will be of pics but if you request something specific i can post many more! thanks again for the interest!
  24. Good morning from Greece, I would like some advice on how I can remove fingerprints or dirt from my viola except for rubbing it gently with a dry cloth or using polishers that may damage the sensitive oil-based varnish of mu instrument. Is it good blowing hot air from your mouth and then quickly dry the surface with a dry cloth a good idea? I tried that and it works.