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 4 fine tuners for the ultimate tunability.
I purchased the 4 string 15.5" viola and am very pleased with it. It looks cool, has good fit and finish and is very loud. It is a bit on the heavy side but not objectionable. With the Larsen strings it has a bright, powerful sound. When it is time to replace strings, I will try a set of Pirastro Obligatos to see if it is a bit more mellow. For now, a mute tones it down when I don't need the volume. This will definitely be my outdoor and traveling instrument. Oh, the planetary pegs are awesome. So easy to tune.
All I Can Say is...WOW!
POSITIVES: 1. Phenomenal value for the money. Seriously, I don't think I could be any happier. I think EVERYONE who is an explosives technician or a kid under 16 should own one of these...at least all beginners. They're pretty much bomb-proof. And they are a far better value for the sound than wood (at the beginner price point). 2. The honey-brown color is beautiful. It's so gorgeous that I hung it on the wall in my living room (which doubles as a constant reminder to practice). 3. You can play outside around your fire pit at night, throw these in the back of the car, go to the beach, park, river, lake, boat...pretty much anywhere outside (I play on my deck with a cup of coffee) and play outside to your hearts content. Before my Glasser, it actually never occurred to me to take my viola outside and play. Wood is too fragile! 4. I'm not sure I can explain why, but it is the easiest viola to play out of the 4 that I've had. My intonation just seems to be easier to hit. NEGATIVES: 1. It's louder than wood, I'll concede. But who said that's a problem? 2. The tonal quality is vastly superior to what I had expected...it's really good! But I think that a carbon fiber viola will sound the same out of the original box as it will in 20 years. It doesn't mellow like wood, but I do!!!! I purchased a very nice electric viola at the same time I bought the Glasser Carbon Composite. I paid triple the amount for the electric viola, but LOVE playing the Glasser much more. I live in Lake Tahoe at 6,500' and get an average of 50 feet of snow per year; there's no humidity in the Summer and it's cold and wet in the Winter. I have a second home in the US ****** Islands, where it's hot and humid all the time. It's really nice to be able to go back-and-forth between the two climates without a care about cracking or splitting. It's GREAT to be able to take my viola to the beach or on the lake and play. That is a benefit that actually hadn't occurred to me until after I had purchased it.
as tough as beautiful
absolutely stunning and incredibly built. it is tough and will last me a lifetime!
Loud N Proud
The first few times I played the 16 1/2 inch Glasses carbon Viola I wasn't sure . Now I'm in love with it. Originally purchased for student who changed their mind.I know play outside with it. This past Xmas Eve I played in a lighted pavilion in park in Vermont. The sound was incredible a large group of people showed up and it was awesome. Definitely upgrade the chin rest.Best instrument for outside I've ever purchased. It sounds great indoors too.
It may not have the sound you'd expect from a fine wooden instrument but it's a great value for what it is. Perfect for adverse performance environments.
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