Viola by Stefano Conia
Viola by Stefano Conia - back
Viola by Stefano Conia - ribs
Viola by Stefano Conia - scroll
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Stefano Conia, Italian viola. Cremona 1985 (certificate by Stefano Conia)

This Stefano Conia viola was made in 1985 in Cremona and is one of the earlier instruments made by this famous violin maker who studied with Sgarabotto, Morassi and Bissolotti. His viola is a mid-sized instrument made on a Testore model with a body length of 41.2 cm. The unmistakable Italian appearance of this Stefano Conia viola perfectly demonstrates its Cremonese provenance. The soundholes are cut in a very characteristical shape, the dominant, large scroll and the soft and rich, orange-brown oil varnish, that shows...

This Stefano Conia viola was made in 1985 in Cremona and is one of the earlier instruments made by this famous violin maker who studied with Sgarabotto, Morassi and Bissolotti. His viola is a mid-sized instrument made on a Testore model with a body length of 41.2 cm. The unmistakable Italian appearance of this Stefano Conia viola perfectly demonstrates its Cremonese provenance. The soundholes are cut in a very characteristical shape, the dominant, large scroll and the soft and rich, orange-brown oil varnish, that shows slight craquellation are true expressions of a mature Italian style, that is underlined by the self-confident choice of tonewoods. Especially the medium grained spruce of the top has perfect regularity, the one-piece back cut from the slab is an even more perfectly done play with nature, as its delicate mild flaming seems to be grown especially to match the shape of this instrument. But what is all aesthetical virtuosity against the great acoustic qualities this Stefano Conia viola is featuring, with a floating, warm, bright and sweet voice that is more than recommendable, precise and perfectly balanced across the strings. We offer this Stefano Conia viola with minor varnish flaws and retouch in undamaged, excellent condition, completely worked over by our luthier, in immediate playing condition. Included in the price is a certificate of authenticity by Stefano Conia and the original bridge.