The quality and dimensions of the wood and varnish are copied from the original to achieve the same tonal qualities of the priceless Medici contralto which was part of a set of instruments, five in number, which were made by Stradivari in 1690 for Cosimo di Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany. The original has been described as "one of the finest of the ten existing examples of the maker, its preservation being as remarkable as the beauty of its appearance."
At Fiddlershop, we are proud to offer this stunning replica which produces a warm and deep tone comparable to a vintage instrument, with the projection and response of a modern viola.
Available in sizes from 15" to 16.5"
- These violas are bench made (made exclusively by one master Luthier)!
- Aged Select Russian Spruce and Select Maple sourced from high altitude forests (100+ year old wood, aged and dried 20+ years)
- Highest Quality Hill-style Boxwood or Ebony fittings. The standard varnish option is usually set up with ebony fittings, and the antique varnish with boxwood.
- Highest Quality Ebony Fingerboard
- Deluxe Aubert Mirecourt French-made Bridge (or Despiau 3-tree)
- Strings depends on what we think works best with the specific viola!
- Comes with a Quality Oblong Case
- The Standard Varnish is an Italian oil varnish with mild antique
-We currently have a limited number of Medici Strad Violas with an antique varnish option. These instruments have a more prominent level of antiquing, as seen in the photos.
Every Holstein instrument undergoes our famous 10 - point inspection
Still not convinced?
You can request this violin on an In-Home-Trial, or request a personal video. If you can't decide between two models, we can record and send a comparison video for you to pick and choose. Chat with us, send us an email, or give us a call (800-595-0592) for a professional consultation.
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.