Southern German baroque viola circa 1800
Antique baroque viola, Nürnberg school, approx. 1800
Baroque short neck and veneered baroque fingerboard
Antique baroque viola, Nürnberg school, approx. 1800
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Antique baroque viola, Nürnberg school, approx. 1800

This baroque viola of the classical Nurnberg school was made by an unknown master of the Leopold Widhalm circle, when Widhalm has been the leading master of Nurnberg. This baroque viola is a dynamic and expressive instrument from the annals of southern German violin-making, this interesting baroque viola has a sound of appealing warmth, volume, mellowness and strength, more than “quiet but with a sweet sharpness,” as Nikolaus Harnoncourt calls the sound of a baroque...

This baroque viola of the classical Nurnberg school was made by an unknown master of the Leopold Widhalm circle, when Widhalm has been the leading master of Nurnberg. This baroque viola is a dynamic and expressive instrument from the annals of southern German violin-making, this interesting baroque viola has a sound of appealing warmth, volume, mellowness and strength, more than “quiet but with a sweet sharpness,” as Nikolaus Harnoncourt calls the sound of a baroque violin. Medium-grained spruce with interesting irregularities was selected for the top and mildly flamed maple for the two-piece back and ribs; the tonewoods are of superb quality. The few repairs made along the lower margin of the top were minimal and should be seen as a matter of course for such an old instrument. Even a minor repair to the button was performed by an experienced hand, and its solid workmanship is evident. This baroque viola has a handmade veneered fingerboard and is set up with gut strings and a baroque bridge, making it ideal for playing early music.

 
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