Scott Cao 750 Viola

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Scott Cao 750 Viola Review

* Quality maple
* Italian spruce
* Indian ebony fingerboard
* Hill style ebony fittings

Built and varnished in Guangzhou. Antiqued varnish. Beautiful look a feel!

During the past fifteen years, Scott has won many awards in international competitions. Five times out of six, Scott Cao was awarded the "tone" award by the Violin Society of America's international competition committee. The following is a list of awards:

First place award for tone and violin 1990 Violin Maker's Association of British Columbia
3rd place in 1994 international competition of Antonio Stradivari in Cremona, Italy
Silver medal for violin 1996 Annual International Competition
Silver medal for viola 1996 Annual International Competition of VSA
Silver medal for cello 1998 Annual International Competition of VSA
Silver medal for violin 2010 Annual International Competition of VSA
Tone award for violin 1986 VSA Competition
Tone award for violin 1992 VSA Competition
Tone award for violin 2008 VSA Competition
Tone award for violin 2010 VSA Competition
Tone award for viola 1988 VSA Competition
Tone award for viola 2010 VSA Competition
Worksmanship award for viola 1988 VSA Competition
Worksmanship award for violin 2010 VSA Competition

Scott's violins are consistently getting great feedbacks and compliments from professionals:

“Scott, your violin sounds beautiful. I love it, I love it!”
Elmar Oliveira

“Wow, huge sound! It's an incredible violin”
Sarah Chang

“Scott, this is an excellent violin! Can I buy it?”
Gidon Kremer

“Mr.Cao is one of the better makers I have met!”
Itzhak Perlman

“I have my Scott Shu-Kun Cao violin, because it has excellent tonal quality. I use it in my orchestra instead of my old French violin made by Gand.”
Mark Volkert

Acting Concert master of San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

“Scott, I can't believe a new violin sounds so good. I like it very much. Congratulations!”
Byung WooKim

Concert master of San Jose Symphony Orchrestra

“My Scott Cao violin was used interchangeably with the Isaac Stern Panette del Gesu while recording my latest CD.”
Bin Hwang - Soloist, First place Paganini competition

**We do not stock every size and every replica of Scott Cao Instruments. Some orders may take up to 10 days to ship from our shop. Please call for availability**

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This viola is a beautiful

This viola is a beautiful instrument and sounds great. I was a bit disappointed with the lower notes until I changed to my preferred strings and suddenly it opened up and had a beautiful sound in all registers. I really enjoy playing it and several have noticed the warm, full sound. My luthier guessed it to be much more expensive than it was. That was fun to hear. I think anyone would be pleased with this viola.

Roy from California

I ordered a

I ordered a Scott Cao 750e viola in a 15 1/2 inch size made in the Stradivarius viola style for my daughter. She graduated from a 14 inch viola to this size. The difference in sound was tremendous and a welcome upgrade. With the larger size she can project more without forcing it. The sound of the Cao 750e has body, projects nice, sounds fantastic. It appears to be a comfortable instrument for her to play presenting no bio-mechanical issues. It sounds good solo, in chamber group or in the orchestra. The finger board is slightly angled to the A string with a corresponding angle on the bridge that my luthier says is very normal but a sometimes overlooked detail among some luthiers. It allows the player to reach the other stings and bow them easier because the lower bout is larger. What this tells me is that the Cao attention to detail is superb. It comes with a mix of strings from Dommant Jarger, Dommant and another on the G string. Pegs, finger board and tail piece/tail piece button are black ebony wood. Bridge is French I don't recall the name but famous maker). The instrument also comes with a Signed Certificate of Authenticity with detailed instrument measurements from the luthier who made it. In addition, because of the Euro wood used in body, ribs and back, Cao uses on this particular model, they "antique and distress" the finish which gives the instrument a air of age that fits it style beautifully. In conclusion, I am very pleased with this instrument. It was well worth the little bit more I paid than comparable instruments. One side note: I found that because of the proliferation of Chinese made instruments, the market is flooded with all sorts of instruments from makers I had no clue about. There are so many of them that they rarely get reviewed on the Net. Not so with the Cao, numerous U-Tube reviews from professionals and amateurs alike which helped in my decision to reinforce the excellent Scott Cao reputation. Thanks for you guidance in my purchase. Roy F. from California

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