Beautiful Antique German Viola, C. 1900, Very Good Condition - 15 1/4 Inch Back
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Beautiful Antique German Viola, C. 1900, Very Good Condition - 15 1/4 Inch Back:
This beautiful antique German viola
is offered to the highest buyer with .The back of the viola measures 385mm or 15 3/8 inches. The viola is unlabeled and I do not know who made it. It does bear the repair label of Richard Lubocki of Dortmund, Germany dated 1922.
The viola is in very good condition with three small well-repaired hairline cracks on the top, near the saddle and tail piece. Other than these repaired cracks, there is no other damage or repairs to be found. There are no cracks or repairs in the sound post or bass bar areas.
The set up is completely fresh, including a new custom bridge, vintage tail piece (high grade ebony), tail gut, sound post, and strings. The work was done by an experienced and professional luthier, who checked it out thoroughly. He also planed the fingerboard, adjusted the pegs to hold well and turn easily, and installed new Thomastik Dominant strings. The viola is ready-to-play.This is a very attractive instrument with a rich, fiery oil varnish and beautiful woods. The back, ribs and neck are all from the same Maple tree, highly flamed with intense figure. The top is tight and straight grained old growth spruce, resplendent with shimmering silks and bear claw figure. The purfling is expertly inlaid very close to the edges, and the corners, edgework, ffs and button all reflect the attributes commonly considered by experts in the field to be good. The interior work is very neat and clean. There are four, large contoured corner blocks and wide linings all around that are let into the blocks. The work reflects meticulous attention to detail. The external appearance is that of a much newer, fresher instrument than its age would suggest, but close examination reveals a light and clean patina. There are some nicks and light scratches to be sure, but the corners are all original and intact, the pegbox pristine, and the varnish retains its original gloss. This is a beautiful viola in very well-preserved condition. The tone is full, loud and rich. This is a very smooth and pleasant instrument to play, no doubt due in part to its slightly smaller size but also because of the high quality set up, resulting in proper string heights, smooth and properly scooped fingerboard, and well-fitted bridge and sound post. This instrument just begs the player to keep playing, because the warmth and depth of its tone is so accessible and user friendly. This viola has near endless sustain and a resonance and sonorous depth that is warm, deep, creamy with a cello-like quality. It has a character and complexity that is readily accessed, and the power and volume often found in only larger instruments. I really enjoyed playing this viola, and didn't stop until my arms ached. I found it readily responsive, silky smooth and unusually agile for a viola. It provided wonderful, blooming overtones when played in tune and responded enthusiastically to vibrato. This is a very good and enjoyable instrument, well-suited for the advanced player and performer. Its a lot of fun to play and a delight to listen to.
The starting offer is $49 and there is !
If you have any questions, or need additional photos, please don't hesitate to email me.
While this is a very good, old viola that is certain to attract serious interest and commensurate offerding, it will surely sell for a small fraction of the price a shop would charge. This viola carries a full 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you win it and don't like it for any reason, you can return it for a full refund excluding my shipping charge. Where else can you buy an antique viola at sale with a full money-back guarantee?
Insured shipping and professional packaging of the highest order is $39 in the US, $59 to Canada and $79 to most other countries. I pack in new, custom-made shipping cartons. I use packing materials designed to provide superior protection for old instruments. I ship very fast, usually within 24 hours of payment-or less. You can expect your package to arrive safely within a couple of days of your payment.
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