Fiddlerman Artist Viola Features
- Solid hand-carved, figured spruce and maple tonewoods
- 100% ebony fingerboard, pegs & fittings
- Hand-carved French Despiau bridge
- Hand-rubbed, oil/spirit-based finish (no thick lacquer)
- European spruce soundpost from "Alpine Tone Wood"
- Antiqued wood - dried a minimum of 7 years
- Strings - whichever strings sound better on the specific viola (most commonly Thomastik Dominant)
- Exceeds all Suzuki and MENC (Music Educators National Conference) standards
- Precisely measured string height for easy and comfortable playability
- The viola will arrive ready to play out of the box!
*Every Fiddlerman instrument undergoes our famous 10-point inspection!
**Lifetime Structural Warranty and Free Lifetime Adjustments.
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
Case: Fiddlerman Quality Oblong Viola Case FC75 with dark gray interior.
Bow: Fiddlerman Carbon Fiber Viola Bow
Shoulder Rest: Fiddlerman Wood Shoulder Rest
Rosin: Holstein Premium Rosin
Cloth: Fiddlershop Polishing Cloth
Tuner: Fiddlerman Digital Tuner AV10
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. Each Fiddlerman viola is set up in our workshop.
I purchased this viola about a year ago to finally upgrade from my student viola and am very pleased with the decision. I was a bit hesitant to buy an instrument online and to not be able to play it first. Fiddlershop's videos of the instrument and the generally good reviews changed my mind. That and the price points of their instruments. I don't regret it. I fell in love with my new viola as soon as it arrived. The sounds coming from it were so much nicer than my old instrument- it actually made me feel like I had been playing a toy for all these years. The strings felt so nice. I had never played with a carbon fiber bow and fell in love with it instantly. My playing instantly sounded better. I really love this new viola and find myself playing more than I ever have because of it. My friend (another viola player) played it recently and was shocked when I told her how much I had paid for it. Her instrument cost 10x as much but the sound quality between the two instruments is comparable (even she admitted). One difference I noticed between the two instruments is how much lighter hers is- much lighter than I thought a viola could be- which isn't to say that this is a heavy viola. I find it to be very comfortable. There were a few minor hiccups along the way that required contacting customer support, and I was really pleased by the interaction and response. It made me feel good about future purchases with Fiddlershop and about recommending them to others. The case is also really nice and very functional. I got caught in a rainstorm on my way home from a recent orchestra practice and the instrument was protected well. Overall I'm very happy with my purchase and would do it all over again. I've owned a number of different musical instruments over the years and this is by far the nicest one I've ever owned.
I am a violinist and have decided to try viola as a second instrument. I purchased this outfit and fell in love with the beautiful tone and appearance immediately. My viola playing friends were raving about the sound and comfort of this viola. I did switch the A string to one of higher quality and will buy a better bow. The bow that is sold with this outfit is fine for a beginner. My friend played this viola with his fine viola bow however, and it sounded even more amazing. All in all, I am extremely pleased and am in danger of neglecting my violin.
Very playable and grand-sounding instrument. I'm a violin player of ten years, a musician of 60 years! So able to pick up the viola quickly. Just need some work on alto clef! Asking my many FB friends to help me with a name for the darling stringy thing!
I ordered the Fiddlerman Artist Viola outfit. I was nervous about ordering an instrument online, but thought the company looked reputable and the instruments sounded good on the posted videos. The viola arrived quickly after I ordered it and everything was in perfect condition. I was more impressed with it once I saw it in person and heard how it played. My teacher was also impressed.
I purchased this viola outfit for my daughter about a month ago. It has a bright and clear tone and overall is a very good instrument for intermediate level at an affordable price. I’m very satisfied with this purchase and thank you Fiddlershop.
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