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 benchmade (made exclusively by one master Luthier)!
- Methodical production process with plate tuning technology.
- Antiqued Italian Oil Varnish
- 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
- 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
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.
Most affordable great viola
The Holstein Bench Strad Viola has a powerful, rich tone that surprises me every time I play it. I spent as much as I could afford and got a great viola from FiddlerShop.
Great Viola in every way
This Viola was a stretch for me and my budget but I am so happy I went with it. I tried another instrument that was 1k less but this one out preformed that viola in every way possible. I am extremely satisfied I spent the extra money. This viola has a big clear sound. Very easy to play. I would tell anyone if they are debating on whether to spend the extra money, this is worth it.
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