Viola based on Pietro Guarneri of Venice

This viola is free and open, responsive and powerful all across the strings, the sound getting a slight plaintive air on the higher strings, yet still with breadth and power. The size, at 15 ½” without a long neck makes it easy to play.


This model is a very popular small viola. I based it on a violin of Pietro Guarneri of Venice, except it is obviously longer, and proportionally wider with gentler archings to give a good viola sound. My aim with these small violas is to maintain a rich central section with a strong C string, whilst still having an A string which is both warm and projecting.



Length of back 394mm   [15 1/2 “]
Neck length 139
Open string length 363
Body stop 220
Width, upper bouts 196
Width, c bouts 140
Width, lower bouts 235



Try on Approval

I offer instruments on approval for a period of two to three weeks. You’re welcome to collect an instrument from my workshop, or if I am attending an event near you, I am happy to arrange a meeting place, or bring it to you. Every instrument is covered by my insurance whilst on approval.


If you would like to talk to me about this instrument, call me on: 

 01948 880608

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