Violas for Advanced Players


When a player reaches a high level of proficiency an instrument with greater versatility is required. Many new and difficult techniques will confound the student if the instrument is simply not capable of producing the desired response. A better bow or different strings will not do enough. Response to a variety of bow strokes, wider dynamic range, more powerful projection, and high aesthetic qualities are some characteristics of instruments in this price range. We know this might be the instrument on which a student wins his or her first competition, or begins post-secondary level studies. We have taken care to select instruments with these requirements in mind.


Sean Peak

American made Violas, with lightly antiqued varnish. This maker has worked along side Tetsuo Matsuda and in William Harris Lee's shop in Chicago. A great value for an American-made instrument.

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$4,950.00

Martin Hiller

Top model finished by Bill Weaver in the US, carving in Bulgaria with choice European Tonewoods. Tremedous power and projection. Tastefully antiqued finish.

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$4,950.00

Xueping Hu JHS

Top model from the Snow workshop. Mature, round sound with warm tone balance, yet retains power and projection. Violin model shown.

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$5,670.00

Otto Erdesz Copy

Carved in China. A copy of Bill Weaver's personal instrument. Additional interior work is done in the US, and then Varnished by Bill Weaver with a rich, thick, antiqued varnish. Very powerful tone.

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$2,990.00

Pietro Lombardi

The Pietro Lombardi is made with a beautifully flamed maple back and a highly select spruce top. The sophisticated amber colored spirit varnish of the Lombardi is reminiscent of Italian makers. Stradivari pattern. Violin model shown.

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$2,500.00

Jonathan Li

Crafted of the most select, stunning flamed maple back with a straight medium-grain spruce top. A refined, golden colored oil varnish enhances the tonal quality of this instrument. Each instrument is meticulously calibrated for optimum sound production. Violin model shown.

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$4,660.00

European Workshops-Germany Prominence

German carved instrument that is finished in the US. Premium aged European tonewoods are used as well as choice fittings. The varnish is a light antiqued style with dark color. These instruments are the most popular German instruments on the market today. Violin model shown.

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$2,629.00

European Workshops-Germany Zenith

A step up from Prominence. They contain the same high level of materials, but the varnish is more sophisticated and extra attention is given to the graduations of the top, back and ribs, so responsiveness is improved slightly. You will not find a better value in any violin from Germany. Violin model shown

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$2,669.00

Frederich Wyss

Made in Germany, and represent the pinnacle of modern European luthiery tradition. The finest available European tonewoods are meticulously crafted by makers working in the tradition established in Germany centuries ago. Tonally adjusted and hand-varnished by master luthiers in the Eastman Strings workshop, these instruments are nothing less than true professional models, worthy of the conservatory, or the concert stage. Their rich, mature sonority penetrates to the furthest reaches of the concert hall.Oil Varnish. Guarneri Model. Violin model shown.

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$3,749.00

Raul Emiliani

Outstanding tonewoods, expert craftsmanship, and artistic varnish come together in these professional instruments. Carefully tuned plates and bass bars contribute to the superb tone of these instruments. Antique style Oil Varnish applied in the US. Violin Model shown.

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$4,699.00

Jean-Pierre Lupot

Made with a well flamed maple back and a select spruce top. The elegantly antiqued spirit varnish of the Jean-Pierre Lupot is of reddish pigment. This instrument comes in Stradivari pattern. Violin model shown below.

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$1,860.00

Gunther Prager

Romanian carving, with additional work done in the US. Varnished in the US by Bill Weaver. Amati model. Powerful, warm and responsive. Thousands of these have been sold.

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$2,500.00

Joseph Bakos

Made in Prague, Czech Republic. Poplar back and sides. The softer material makes for a smoother, creamy texture, yet retaining substantial power.

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$4,600.00