Violas

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Carlo Ferdinando Landolfi c. 1749

An excellent viola modeled after the Landolfi owned by Irving Illmer of the Chicago Fine Arts Quartet. The varnish is yellow over a cinnamon ground. The two piece back was created from maple. This viola has a tenor voice and is smaller than usual-perhaps perfect for an aspiring young violist.

Size: 15 7/8"

Maker: William Bartruff

Year: 2006


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Andrea Amati c. 1620

This Amati viola reproduces the famous 1620 instrument now residing in the Ashmolean museum and featured in our article The Alto Viola. This lovely viola has a two piece back and is finished in a stunning orange tint. It produces a perfect tenor sonority.

Size: 16"

Maker: William Bartruff

Year: 2006


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H and A Amati c. 1620

This viola has a two piece quarter back with golden varnish. The instrument plays with a smooth, even warm sound which is slightly on the dark side. The crown and coat of arms detail adorning the back was hand painted by Stuart Loughridge.

Size: 16"

Maker: William Bartruff

Year: 2008


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Andrea Guarneri c. 1676

This viola has a single piece back and is yellow brown in color. The instrument plays with a smooth, even warm sound which is slightly on the dark side.

Size: 16 1/4"

Maker: William Bartruff

Year: 2010


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Giovanni Grancino c. 1701

This viola is a replica of the Grancino owned by Kathryn Plummer, Professor at Vanderbilt University. The decoration on the border is an exact recreation of the original, and the coat of arms and crown under the fingerboard are from France's house of Bourbon. The finish has a golden glow while the instrument itself produces a warm, tenor sound capable of pervading any venue.

Size: 17 1/4"

Maker: William Bartruff

Year: 1995


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Paolo Maggini c. 1600

This viola has a single piece back with a reddish brown finish. The instrument is constructed with 270 year old wood and is a near perfect copy of the original W.H. Wall ex-Montini. The tones produced are low and smooth sounding.

Size: 16 1/2"

Maker: William Bartruff

Year: 2010