Glasser Carbon Composite violas are revolutionary new instruments. Glasser has long been a world leader in developing advanced products with the use of composite materials. These acoustic instruments are the latest development. The success of the violins has encouraged the addition of violas to this popular line.
Built to last, they look and sound great. Glasser's patent pending design makes for an instrument with a wonderful tonal quality with durability most instruments will never match.
The standard Glasser Carbon Composite viola arrives fully set-up with Larsen strings, Planetary Tuning Pegs, and a carbon composite Glasser tailpiece with 5 fine tuners for the ultimate tunability.
5 String version is available in 15" and larger, and comes with the high E-string standard (although you could later change this to a low "F" on your own if you so desired).
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**Not Available in Colors**
First of all, Fiddlershop are super helpful and answered any and every question I threw at them. Props to them for great customer service :) So, I had heard that in general, carbon composite instruments don't sound that good. This is definitely incorrect for this model, the sound is great! (Of course the are many better sounding woden instruments, but for a carbon composite instrument in this price range, it's good). The viola arrived well packed, undamaged and fully set up, something negative though, is that when it first arrived the A string was too low and it was cutting into the bridge, so I put a bit of thick tape under it and that put it at a playable height. One last thing, I advice getting a decent carbon composite bow or a hybrid bow because that improves the sound and playability. Pros: The durability is unmatched by any wooden instrument. It can play violin repertoire. It is extremely stable in its tuning. I get to shift less. Woohoo! Cons: The weight takes some getting used to, I would advise using an everest shoulder rest to help. The overseas shipping was a bit of trouble, but that's not fiddlershop's fault and I'm sure the shipping would be fine within America. It doesn't come with case or bow. The string spaces are hard to play, but that just comes with practice. Overall for the price, it is a good viola that is great fun to play, and I would recommend it.
The sound is clear and the resonance is quite nice. I am looking forward to playing it more and more as I get use to the weight.
Being solely a 4-string violin/viola player, I was incredibly surprised on the quality, sound and price range of this 5-string Carbon fiber viola! And...I get to do less shifting, so there's that.
It's very cheap and unusually heavy. It's overbuilt and nearly indestructible. Save your money and get a more expensive and better sounding model of carbon-fiber instrument. However, it is still fun to play, just not suitable for gigs.
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