Meet the "Swiss Army Knife" of instruments! It has the depth and warmth of a serious viola, with the clarity and brilliance of a high quality violin.
This instrument is the perfect choice for players that play both violin and viola, as you'll always have both in one instrumnet. It's the secret weapon for recording sessions to add layers of luscious string pads.
The Concert 5-String Viola comes set up from high to low as: E-A-D-G-C, but you could also choose to change it to A-D-G-C-F or you could also change to octave viola strings to make the ultimate Chin-Cello. Unfortunately, we are unable to make any string changes at this time.
Available Sizes: (In the video, Michael is playing the 15.5")
Players with shorter arms/fingers should consider the 15-15.5" size, as these are only slightly bigger than the Fiddlerman 5-String Master Violin, but the larger sizes will offer an even deeper and more profound sound, but require more physical capability.
The outfit includes all the accessories you need to get started.
- Solid-carved slightly flamed spruce and maple tonewoods
- 100% ebony fingerboard, pegs & fittings
- Ebony tailpiece with 5 fine tuners
- Hand-carved French Despiau bridge
- European spruce soundpost from "Alpine Tone Wood"
- Spirit-based durable dark brown finish (no thick lacquer)
- Wood dried a minimum of 6 years
- Strings - whichever strings sound better on the specific viola (most commonly D'Addario Helicore)
- 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 revolutionizing the violin 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.
Every Fiddlerman violin 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.
They did it!
About a half a year ago, I asked the folks at Fiddlershop if they could make and sell me a 5 string wooden viola, as opposed to a carbon fiber or carbon composite instrument AND keep it under $1000. They did it, and they did it very, very well. I received my instrument a few weeks ago. It sounds great, with a big, warm, rich viola sound, (the resonance feels really nice under your chin) and the E string rings very clearly and nicely. Yea, it's large (I usually play violins) and the neck is thicker, but man-o-man, it plays well, feels good, and it's so great to be able to play whatever I usually play on a viola and just keep on going up into the register provided by the E string. Now, I don't have to lug around two different instruments. I have the best of both worlds. Dealing with the folks at Fiddlershop has been a distinct pleasure. I understand why customers are so overwhelmingly positive about their experiences dealing with Fiddlershop.
Out of the box
Mine just came today, and I am very impressed with the excellent set-up. Took it out of the box, tweaked the tuners, and all great--at least until I learn to play it. The outfit totally complete and the instrument beautiful My skill on violin is quite limited, and the viola will take some getting used to, but I'm loving the mellow sounds of the viola and learning to keep track of what string I'm on.
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.