Steffen Nowak, Maker of fine Violins, Violas and Cellos in baroque and modern style

Viola after Gasparo da Salo, 16.5'' 422 mm SOLD

A new Viola after this famous Brescian maker. Inspired by an original large uncut tenor Viola, ex Barzin - Kates, this one again proportionally reduced to a manageable 16.5'' body length with the typical slightly shorter Brescian body stop, resulting in a 372mm free string length.
The back is of well seasoned English figured sycamore cut on the slab and with its visual appearance ideally suited for the rugged Brescian look. The antiqued varnish finish also highlighting the natural texture of the wood and tool marks. The ribs and head from wood of the same tree, purchased and converted by myself in 1994.
The front of old Alpine spruce, with an even grain and quite similar to this maker's originals.
The whole instrument is quite lightweight due to the relatively low density tonewoods used. The resulting sound is dark, well balanced, even and with a strong projecting core.
The oil varnish is shaded, lightly antiqued and patinated, resulting in a warm orange brown colour and a subtle and textured appearance.

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