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214 reviews in the archive.
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: not rated
Components Rating: not rated
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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