Maker of fine Violins, Violas and Cellos in baroque and
Viola inspired by Gasparo da Salo, Brescia 16.5
'' (420mm), string length 376mm SOLD
This design is based on viola
proportions by Gasparo da Salo.
Many of this makers tenor Violas only survived being cut down in length,
and often altered in width as well.
The challenge was in designing a 16.5 inch model with a manageable stop and
string length and yet maintaining its proportions.
Compared with the slightly larger
16 3/4 Da Salo model
I made in 2007, this has
the same string length but with a slightly reduced width and a more rounded top bout, facilitating left hand shifts.
The varnish is very lightly shaded and
of a golden orange colour, the 1 piece slab back of deeply flamed sycamore, the
front of medium wide Alpine spruce.
The sound even and
colourful, and both players found it easy and comfortable to play.
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