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Virtuoso Klingenthal viola, circa 1830 - top
Virtuoso Klingenthal viola, circa 1830 - top
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Provenance: Klingenthal
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 38.1 cm
Year: approx. 1830
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Virtuoso Klingenthal viola, circa 1830

This outstanding Klingenthal viola made its way to us from the estate of a professional musician. With its perfect response on every string and its resonant, absolutely balanced sound, it ranks amongst the finest violas in our catalogue. At a small body length of 38.1 cm, it is very pleasant to play and offers potential for virtuoso interpretation in a manner that very few other violas can. Its musical qualities are further confirmation of the good reputation that early 19th-century Klingenthal stringed instruments enjoy amongst demanding musicians. Such instruments reflect the high standard of the Klingenthal guild at that time, where it was common not to indicate craftsmen by name on the label. This viola can be regarded as an example of premium artisanry, not least because of its narrowly flamed one-piece maple back and the lovely carving of the strong grafted scroll. We received this instrument in perfect condition, and our experienced luthiers set it up completely. It is now ready to play, and we give it the highest recommendation because of its precise, resonant and complex voice which fills the room with a sophisticated character and a great richness in timbre.

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