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.
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.
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.
Big and clear sound just a beautiful viola.
Great customer services . Thanks Maiki and Felix.
Risk of long-distance purchase including not seeing or playing at all. Relied upon excellent website information and assistance readily provided by very helpful Fiddler Shop representatives. Due to customs duties, GST, and cost of exchange ended up exceeding budget even further – absolutely no fault of Fiddler Shop – but realized as soon as opened case it was worth it. (What is a little comestible stretching and financial insecurity when you can spend time with something so grand?) A viola of superb craftsmanship and setup. Beautiful to look at and to the touch. Tonally rich, expressive, and able to be played with ease. Measurements far more exacting than my initial instrument too, so much so that required a new rest to matching scale to properly fit. Adjusting to traditional tuning (other than A string with a fine tuner) no big deal and pegs are beginning to be a little more friendly. It is a pleasure to play this instrument every time. The sound it produces is incredible and I am by no means a good player. Could not be happier. If I could afford it, I would buy the equivalent violin. Hope this is helpful.
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.