Fiddlerman Concert Viola Review
An advanced level viola with a deep appealing sound, responsive playability and inspiring looks. Big, bold sounding, great "hand feel" and precisely-functioning components! Carefully selected aged flamed tonewoods with real ebony fittings and careful hand-varnishing brings out the natural beauty of the wood and the tone.
- Solid-carved slightly flamed spruce and maple tonewoods
- 100% ebony fingerboard, pegs & fittings
- Carbon tailpiece with 4 fine tuners
- Hand-carved French Despiau bridge or Holstein 1-star
- European spruce soundpost from "Alpine Tone Wood"
- Spirit-based durable dark brown finish (no thick lacquer)
- Wood dried a minimum of 6 years
- Great for Suzuki and NAfME (National Association for Music Education) students
- Strings - whichever strings sound better on the specific viola (most commonly D'Addario Prelude)
- Precisely measured string height for easy and comfortable playability
- The viola will arrive ready to play out of the box!
Fiddlerman Viola Bow Features
- Strong, responsive, high-grade carbon fiber (far superior to Brazilwood and lower grade pernambuco)
- Durable Siberian horse hair for a smooth, full tone
- Nickel-mounted true ebony frog
- Genuine mother-of-pearl inlays
Case: Sturdy light weight high-quality oblong viola case. Case includes straps, music pocket, storage compartments, four or two bow holders.
Bow: Fiddlerman Carbon Fiber Viola Bow
Shoulder Rest: Fiddlerman Wood Viola Shoulder Rest (14” come with Fiddlerman Wood Violin Shoulder Rest)
Rosin: Fiddlerman Select Dark Rosin
Cloth: Fiddlershop Polishing Cloth
Tuner: Fiddlerman Digital Tuner AV10
The Fiddlershop Family
Why is Fiddlershop growing so fast and blowing away its competitors?
Fiddlerman himself tests and curates the instruments 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. Each Fiddlerman viola is set up in our workshop.
For the Boss
I actually purchased this viola for the owner of the music store I teach out of. I played it before I gave it to him and it was lovely. It has a nice deep, mellow tone. He absolutely loves it. It's beautiful and the packaging was superb. Nothing was wrong with the viola and it came with all kinds of goodies. Great job Fiddlershop. I would buy from again.
Wow! That was our reaction when I first played it!
After beginning to learn how to play on an inexpensive 16" viola for about 11 months, I bought a 16" Concert Viola Outfit and when I first played it, my wife and I both said, "WOW". It was setup properly and only needed minor tuning and rosin on the bow to begin playing. The whole process from intent through receiving it was done painlessly with great service from everyone I came in virtual contact with. The only minor problem was that it was shipped with the stock chin rest even though I had requested the new Holstein Freedom Chinrest and that was speedily rectified and within only about 4 days I received it and couldn't be happier! Great product, great service, reasonable price. What else is there to say?
My viola order arrived today. It was packaged perfectly for shipping. I first noticed the viola case...very nice details. Durable and not too heavy for my son to carry to school daily. I was fairly skeptical about buying an instrument sight unseen, but I found so many positive reviews on this site and others about Fiddlershop and decided to give them a try. So glad I did! The instrument is simply gorgeous. And the sound quality is beautiful right out of the box. The included bow, resin, and other accessories are a nice touch to round out the set. I cannot wait to give this to my son at Christmas! And before I forget, Fiddlershop's customer service was top notch. I contacted them twice before I made the purchase and both people I talked to were helpful, knowledgable, and took the time to understand my questions.
I love my viola!!
I bought the 17in concert viola. showed up in a beautiful case and with everything I needed to play. I am mainly a violinist but wanted to try something new. The viola is gorgeous and my teacher says she loves the tone. I will definitely be buying more instruments from fidderlshop. I have bought a few different bows from here but this was my first instrument. I am really impressed. Thanks! -Kasey
This viola came in a very well protected packaging, was set up nicely and easy to tune. It has a very nice tone and a rich sound, and the instrument itself is beautiful. Came with many accessories that are helpful to get you started. Overall, I’m very happy with this purchase and I love the instrument. However, the shoulder rest that came along with does not stay on. It slips off so constantly and it is definitely frustrating.
Hello there! Thank you so much for your review! We just wanted to mention that the width of the feet is adjustable to sit tighter on your viola, so it doesn't slip off. Finding the perfect adjustment can take time but will definitely be worth it in the end. Best Regards, Michael
Fiddlershop is a small family-owned business located in South Florida. Since 2012 we have been serving the string community with quality instruments and accessories. We believe that music and instruments should be accessible to everyone at a price they can afford.