Fiddlerman Artist Viola Features
- Solid hand-carved, figured spruce and maple tone woods
- 100% Ebony fingerboard, pegs & fittings
- Hand-carved German Teller bridge
- Hand-rubbed, oil/spirit-based finish (no thick lacquer)
- Antiqued wood - dried a minimum of 7 years
- Installed D’Addario Helicore Strings
- Exceeds all Suzuki and MENC standards
- Precisely measured string height for easy and comfortable playability
- The viola will arrive ready to play out of the box
- Available in sizes: 14", 15", 15.5", 16", 16.5"
Every Fiddlerman instrument undergoes our famous 10-point inspection!
Lifetime Structural Warranty and Free Lifetime Adjustments (Contact Fiddlershop
Fiddlerman Viola Bow Features
- Strong, responsive, high-grade carbon fiber (far superior to Brazilwood)
- Durable Siberian horse hair for a smooth, full tone
- Nickel-mounted true Ebony frog
- Genuine mother-of-pearl inlays
- One-year warranty on all accessories
- Sturdy light weight gray/black suspension moon-shaped case
- Case includes straps, music pocket, storage, YKK zippers, two bow holders, hygrometer
- Holstein Premium Viola Rosin
- Muco or Everest Viola Shoulder Rest
- Fiddlershop Polishing Cloth
- 4x Wittner Fine Tuners (removable)
The Fiddlershop Way
Why is Fiddlershop growing so fast and blowing away its competitors?
Fiddlerman himself tests and curates all violas and works directly with the maker to produce only the best. With over 40 years as a professional violinist of orchestras around the world, he knows what he's doing. We buy our violas directly from the maker - a rare business practice that lowers our cost so we can pass the savings on to you! Each Fiddlerman viola is set up in our workshop.
This instrument is fantastic! Just with the 15” you get an incredible sound that local instrument shops can’t compare to. It didn’t come exactly as it all states but very similar. It didn’t come with the 4 fine tuners removable like I was hoping but they provided me with extra strings, bridge, and tailpiece with 1 removable fine tuner which is really awesome. It did come a little later than I was hoping but I opted for the free shipping. There was a few spots with the varnish a little messed up but it could’ve been due to the shipping company and not the shop itself. I would definitely recommend this instrument to any violist because it is extraordinary! My teacher was very impressed and jealous! Buy it now! Can’t wait to play it at future string events.
I did quite a bit of research before pulling the trigger on this 16" viola. My son has been progressing well with his school's strings program and was in need of a step up type of viola. I wasn't sure about buying a viola online but the price AND service both before and during the sale process made me more confident about this decision. My 12 year old decided he wanted to take away any doubts I may have by offering to pay half for his viola. He's a can do kinda kid and I jumped at the opportunity to have him pay for half of his new viola. He does some landscaping stuff on the side and what better way to spend the money on something useful and with years of potential joy ahead of him! He listened to many online instrument examples and we settled on the Artist Viola. He had a winter recital coming up and we both couldn't be happier when the viola came a couple days early. I've never seen him happier after playing the viola for the first time. His teacher was immensely impressed with the quality AND SOUND of this wonderful instrument. His teacher was skeptical but is a definite convert. He wants one for himself and he plays a custom made viola costing many times more money than this one. The sound is rich and beautiful. The case it came with is a nice case with extra room for some spare bows. High end rosin and a carbon fiber bow (which took a few days to get used to) came with the package. I requested Dominant strings be installed which they outfitted with no qualms. I can't stress enough how happy we are with our purchase! As a result of this viola instilling player confidence and the supreme sound quality (with a capable player..it's not a self playing viola!) my son was asked to play with the upper class (high school) strings group as well as the 7th grade strings concerts. What a difference a quality viola makes. Kudos to Fiddlershop!!! I would highly recommend this viola.
It is very, very hard to find a good viola in the Philippines, and just as hard to find good accessories for the viola. So I looked at various online shops hoping to get the best deal I could get until I found Fiddlershop. My order took only 4 days to arrive in the country after purchase, and took another day to be cleared at customs and delivered to my house. The only significant negative experience I had wasn't really with the product or Fiddlershop, but with our customs since they decided to charge an additional $150. Anyways when I opened the package, the case looked... amazing. It's well-built, sturdy, fashionable, and very functional. The only downside is that it's pretty heavy. The accessories that came with the outfit (rosin, shoulder rest, chin rest, carbon fiber bow, cloth) were similarly of high quality. The bow was gorgeous, and really brought out the viola's rich tone! Even my old viola sounded better when I tried it with this bow. The viola I ordered was a big, fat 16.5", and the one I actually received did not disappoint at all. The viola looks beautiful. It looks better in person than in the pictures you see here. The sound was just captivating. It is much, much better than my old 15.85" viola (which was advertised as 16", tsk). I had a friend listen to me play it, and within 5 seconds she told me it does sound better than my old viola. A lot of notes resonate much more on the C & D strings than on my old one. I replaced the default Helicores with Spirocores for the C & G and Larsens for the D & A. I can't believe how nice it feels to play, especially the C & A which are just.. wow. I won't hesitate to recommend Fiddlershop for friends who have the budget. I will likely purchase something again in a couple of years. I wish all instrument shops were this customer-oriented.
Fiddlershop has done (and I trust will continue) a great job in offering a product exceeding my expectations. I was looking for a quality-built, aesthetically-based instrument with beautiful timbre and wonderful feel. When first checking into Fiddlershop's instruments, I was hesitant to purchase any of my options. However with exceptional service and exceptional product, I changed my mind (not to mention a reasonable price tag). If you're undecided about any questions you have, I believe the team here is more than happy to help. I would strongly recommend Fiddlershop and am very happy with my experience here!
The instrument looks and sounds great.
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