Hand carved solid spruce top with solid flamed maple back & sides
Satin antique varnish finish
Hand inlayed purfling
Ebony fingerboard, pegs and chin rest
Ebony tailpiece with 4 nickel plated fine tuners
D'Addario Prelude Strings
VAC-40C light weight form fitting hard case
VAB-40B Brazilwood bow and unbleached horsehair
Extra viola bridge
Quality rosin cake
It plays nicely, it's not too big, and it looks very wonderful.
Very Good Experience
Last year my grand daughter borrowed a viola from school ( I wanted to be sure she was serious ) I decided to buy her one this year , it is a beautiful instrument, with good sound . She is so very pleased with it . Great instrument for the money ! Looking forward to her performing for many years to come !!
We purchased this viola for my daughter who switched from violin to viola last year at school. She used a school viola last year, to make sure that she wanted to stick with. This year we decided to buy her one of her own. This viola was less expensive than others we looked at but it is a serious instrument. Beautifully made and with great sound. I can see my daughter using this for several years.
Purchased the CVA-500 16.5" over 3 weeks ago, and I have probably close to 50 hours playing time on it (couple hours a day) and I still say incredible value at this price. The bow could be better for me, but decent for beginners, and easily upgraded. The Prelude string are mellow sounding enough, maybe due to losing 20 % of the length between the bridge and tailpiece because of the removable tuners. Anyway, with better strings, a different tailpiece, upgraded bridge, and a professional setup are always an option, as an intermediate step before necessitating the purchase of a better viola. No need to spend $400-500 on the first one, and the next level could be modifying the CVA-500 before going for a serious violas. If you have some experience and want to shoot for a modifiable intermediate viola at the outset, the CVA-600 looks maybe worth considering, with its nice rubbed oil finish. I was impressed with this viola the first day, but in the last couple of weeks the viola has been improving soundwise, so I just keep wanting to play it. ;-). The color of the wood under the antique finish also seems to be getting deeper and richer looking. I have a violin with the oil finish that started sounding more resonant after a few months, and also looks better when it's kept hydrated. Just keep the viola and your violins hydrated, and if they have good pegs, pegbox holes, and were/are installed and adjusted properly, they should stay in tune. Even the best violins could slip tuning if they're dehydrated or mistreated. Dehydration not good for your bows/bowhair. Happily, I am having very good experiences with this viola; the alto clef reading is also starting to gel, although I am impatient, lol.
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