- Solid-carved slightly flamed spruce and maple tone woods
- 100% Ebony fingerboard, pegs & fittings
- Carbon tailpiece with 4x fine tuners
- Hand-carved French Despiau Viola Bridge
- European Spruce Soundpost from "Alpine Tone Wood"
- Spirit-based durable dark brown finish (no thick lacquer)
- Wood dried a minimum of 5 years
- Great for Suzuki and NAfME students
- Strings - whichever strings sound better on the specific violin (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
- 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 violin case. Case includes straps, music pocket, storage compartments, four or two bow holders.
Bow: Fiddlerman Carbon Fiber Viola Bow
Shoulder Rest: Muco Easy Model Viola Shoulder Rest (14” and smaller sizes 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 revolutionizing the string instrument industry? We believe that music and instruments should be accessible to everyone at a price they can afford. Our founder Pierre Holstein (a.k.a. "Fiddlerman") works directly with makers in many different countries to produce only the best for our customers. With over 40 years as a professional violinist in orchestras around the world, he brings unmatched expertise in music and business to everything we do.
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! Every Fiddlerman viola is set up and tested in our workshop to make sure it passes our rigorous 10-point inspection. Our incredibly talented team is here to help answer any questions you have, and make sure your instrument arrives safely.
This is a beautiful instrument. You can tell that this viola is good quality from how rich the tones are. My only issue is it does not stay tuned, but that's pretty normal for a new instrument and the fine tuners are excellent so that isn't really a big deal.
We had a great experience with Fiddlershop when ordering online. We initially purchased another Viola and decided we wanted to upgrade to this Fiddlerman Apprentice Viola. They were great about a return and purchase of this Viola. This Viola looks great, feels solid, and the sound is deep and rich. It comes with a high quality bow that is easy to rosin and adds to the rich tones of the instrument. The case is much improved from others we have had and is solid and should protect the Viola well. We are happy with this purchase and will definitely be coming back to shop at Fiddlershop for our future string instrument needs!
Although I was nervous of ordering a viola online (due to being a beginner with a violinist background and my concern for shipping damage), I received a wonderful instrument that surpassed my expectations. Within 8-10 hours in placing my order, I got a email from the Fiddlershop stating that the 16'' viola intended for me had a small imperfection in its varnish (about a 1/8'' by 1/16'' chip, its hardly noticeable) - pictures were included and I was assured that the damage had no effect on the sound. The email stated that I would be given a discount for the damage, if I would like to continue the order. Within a half hour of my return email saying I'd take it, the viola was shipped. Living in Missouri, the viola took four days to arrive. The box had thick paper padding and included other smaller products I ordered (such as the Don't Fret finger marker and viola wall mount). The viola and bow were secured within the included case and the bridge of the viola was supported with a cardboard structure. The viola was in tune. Everything listed to come with the viola was received and a slip of paper including the name of the luthier who checked over my viola was given. Overall, every item provided was secured and nothing was harmed from shipment. I am a beginner, but the viola sounds absolutely beautiful - I love it! All the strings have been easy to tune and often need a slight adjustment from day to day. The case seems protective. There are two compartments that have lids under constant tension from a inner elastic band so that the lid remains closed. I can place the rosin and assembled shoulder rest in the compartments without difficulties. A outer zippered compartment can hold sheet music. The hygrometer does appear to work. The case also includes a simple lock with two included keys. Overall, I love this viola and hope to gain many years of enjoyment from it. I would highly recommend the Fiddlershop. I will be a returning customer.
the service was pretty good at first. They mention their concern for slight imperfection on the varnish and they gave me a discount. The package arrived in a timely manner. The viola was slightly heavy. The biggest concern was the peg box was too narrow and the angle of the a stream coming out of the peg box was great. It was bent against the peg box I had work done on it to prevent damage. I spoke to customer service and they say they would reimburse me but I forgot the receipt so I would get it to them at a later time. I found a cheaper better quality viola and decided to return the fiddlerman viola. This different customer service representative was a lot less understanding and refused to honor a previous arrangement since I was returning it. She then cited that they check every instrument before they're sent which was not the case from a structural standpoint only aesthetic. They did pay for return shipping. I didn't except to have to get a luthier to work on my new, "inspected", instrument. Bow was great as well as the case. Didn't care for the shoulder rest.
We are so sorry for all your troubles. We have sent you a full refund and also paid for the return shipping. We wish you all the best with your new viola.
This is such a sweet sounding instrument. Very comfortable to play it feels very natural and is really beautiful to look at. I cant belive that the cost was low as it was I would have expected this viola to cost at least twice what it did. It was set up and ready to play right out of the case, the rosin is of good quality, the bow has a great sound the case is sturdy and well protects the instrument and its goodies, the only problem I have with the case is I have to disassemble the shoulder rest for it to fit in the compartment but that's no big deal. Having a latch, zippers and a flap with buttons to ensure the case will not come open and to aid in protecting the instrument. It's just a really great deal at this price I wouldn't even think of renting one just because even if you bought it and decided it wasn't for you I cant imagine not being able resell it for what you have in it but I intend to keep and play it for long time.
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