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E. R. Pfretzchner: E 11 15 1/2 Viola

Submitted by wilford on 5/10/2008

Where Purchased: from a friend

Year Purchased: 2008
Price Paid: 400.00 ($US) (bought USED)


This viola has a "woody" rich bottom and clear upper tonal range. It's very responsive and although I think it was intended for a student violist, it behaves very well in the recording studio, producing a clean and wholesome tone.

Sound Rating: 7


The viola was built in 1979 in Mittenwald, Obb. It's a copy of a Stradivarius and was hand made in West Germany. It was set up and adjusted by the Scherl & Roth shop in Cleveland Ohio in 1980.

Setup Rating: 9


It is finished beautifully and shows very little wear on the back and literally no wear on the front and sides. The finish is well done.

Appearance Rating: 9


The pegs are well set and dependable, staying in tune very well with little slippage noted. I would bring this without a backup viola to a gig.

Reliability Rating: 9

Customer Service

Customer Service: not rated


Components Rating: not rated

Overall Comments

I would cheerfully recommend this fiddle for the price I paid without a hitch. I've seen them on Ebay for over $1,100.00 and I'm sure they're making their owners real happy.

Overall Rating: 8

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