Large Violas

If you have tried to purchase a large viola in recent years you'll know they are increasingly hard to find. Our customers tell us they have previously travelled long distances to find a large viola only to find one or two instruments to choose from. More often than not they return home empty handed and disappointed! Fortunately, at Cardiff Violins we stock a range of large violas to choose from, as we strive to cater to various tastes and budgets.

Many violists opt for a smaller viola, but taller players benefit from choosing a larger viola as the sound produced is undeniably better. We advise violists to use the largest viola they can manage without strain.

The instruments below are for illustrative purposes only, please call 02920 227761 to enquire about availability.

COLIN ADAMSON VIOLA

Size 16 3/8.  This spectacular viola sounds as good as it looks, and we strongly recommend you come and try it!  Colin is a highly successful Scottish violin maker.  To find out more about him, please click here.

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WILLIAM ROBINSON 1925 VIOLA

Viola in our opinion by and labelled :
'William Robinson, Plumstead, London AD 1925' and handsigned 'William Robinson'

16 3/16 two-piece back of wide matching figure. Ribs similar to the back, scroll of finer flame, belly fine to medium grain.
Handsome reddy-brown varnish on yellow ground.

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CLIFFORD HOING 1959 VIOLA

Size 16 1/2".

Clifford Hoing is one of the most celebrated British makers of the 20th century. He received many awards and medals for his work, and made predominantly violas.  His intruments have always sold well, and are much sought after.

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COLIN CROSS 2008 VIOLA

Size 16 1/4".  No. 12.  Colin Cross is a well-known British maker, very much loved for his excellent copies of violins and violas.  To find out more about Colin, please click here.

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LORENZO GUADO 1990 VIOLA

Size 16 1/2".  Born in Italy, Lorenzo Guado came as a child to Britain, where his name was changed to Lawrence Ashford. However, he reverted back to his Italian name as a maker. We do not know much about him other than he studied violin making in Cremona and spent a lot of time in the UK, where he was selling a lot of instruments amongst professional makers, who very much like the powerful sound of his instruments.

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SEBASTIEN SEIXAS 1999 VIOLA

Size 16 1/2".  A French National, Sebastien has established himself as one of Greece's top violin makers.  His violas are loved for their bright tone.  Find out more about him here.

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MICHAELA WEDEMEYER VIOLA, NEWARK-ON-TRENT 1998

2-piece back, 16 5/8".  Faint flame on the back, ribs of fine flame, belly of fine to medium grain, mellow and direct sound, good projection.  An economical viola of excellent quality!

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LORENZO GUADO 1998 VIOLA

Size 16 1/2".  Born in Italy, Lorenzo Guado came as a child to Britain, where his name was changed to Lawrence Ashford. However, he reverted back to his Italian name as a maker. We do not know much about him other than he studied violin making in Cremona and spent a lot of time in the UK, where he was selling a lot of instruments amongst professional makers, who very much like the powerful sound of his instruments.

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MAURICE VINCENT 1955 VIOLA

2 piece back, 16 1/2", medium to large flame, ribs similar, fine grain belly, wide model, brown varnish over yellow base.  A powerful yet mellow sound.

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ERIC JACKSON 2012 VIOLA

Labelled "Eric Jackson, Isle of North Uist, 2012".  One-piece-back 41.5 cm, 16 3/8", fine to medium flame, well flamed scroll and ribs, fine to medium grained belly, brown varnish applied on an orangey varnish.

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JOHN DILWORTH VIOLA, BROTHERS AMATI COPY, 1616

Viola by John Dilworth, copy of Brothers Amati viola dated 1616.  Beautifully flamed one-piece back, 16 1/2".  In excellent condition, nice warm and powerful sound.

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UNLABELLED VIOLA

Interesting old viola, with a charming look and sound.  Played professionally for several years prior to our acquisition.  Beautifully flamed one piece back. 16 3/8th".  Must be tried!  Call 02920 227761 to book a viewing.

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PAUL HARRILD VIOLA, MAGGINI COPY

Although a very busy teacher at the Newark school of violin making, Paul Harrild has made over 400 instruments, making him one of the most prolific British contemporary violin makers! He specialises in emulating the Great Italian master makers whilst adding his own unique flair, and we think he does a very fine job of it!

This beautiful viola is a copy of Gio Paolo Maggini of Brescia, C 1610. 41.2 cms (16 1/4").  The one-piece back is cut on the slab, giving a very spectacular figure. Double purfled as Maggini used to do. This viola is really worth coming to try!

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PAUL HARRILD VIOLA, GUARNERI COPY

This beautiful viola is based on an Andrea Guarneri of Cremona, 1976. 16 1/2". Beautiful example of fine making. Must be tried!

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INTERESTING OLD VIOLA, POSSIBLY ITALIAN

Beautiful one-piece-back, 16 3/8".  Tight flame, with similar ribs and scroll.  Wide grain belly with a  flat arch. Very good condition.  Well worth trying!

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IAN ROSS ANDREA GUARNERI COPY VIOLA

Another great instrument by Ian Ross!  16 1/4" inch viola, String length 14 7/8"/475mm, 1 piece back.  Made of Poplar including ribs, medium grain belly, rich golden brown varnish

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WILLIAM JONES 1984 VIOLA

Labelled: William H Jones from Ickenham Middlesex
16 1/2 inch , String length 372mm/14 3/4 inch
1 piece back , Fine to medium grain on body, plain ribs, fine faint grain on scroll

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LUCA PRIMON 2004 VIOLA

Beautifully crafted 16"/407mm modern Italian viola, labelled "Luca Primon, Milano 2004"
1 piece back
Medium to wide horizontal flame
Belly of fine to medium grain

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WOJCIECH TOPA VIOLA

1 piece back 42.5 cm 16 ¾, varying flame going from narrow to wild, string length 79 cms, 14 7/16th”, ribs of narrow to medium flame, scroll narrow figure, belly fine flame, rich amber-brown varnish

Must be tried!  Call 02920 227761 to book an appointment.

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ROY W. MORGAN VIOLA

Lovely viola labelled:

'Roy W. Morgan
Violin Maker
Chicago Illinois
N 197
Signed Roy W. Morgan'

2 piece back, 43.2cm/17" narrow flame, ribs similar, scroll similar, orangey-brown varnish

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IAN HIGHFIELD VIOLA

Stunning viola by Ian Highfeld labelled
"Highfield Violins
Signed 'Ian Highfield Rednal 1990"
 
1 piece back 40.6cm/16”
String length 14 ¾"/ 74 cms
 
Narrow horizontal flame, ribs and scroll similar, belly of fine to medium grain, reddy brown varnish

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COLIN IRVING VIOLA

Labelled: 'Colin Irving Guildford anno 1980 no. 91'
2 piece back with medium to large flame descending to the edges , ribs of medium to large flame and scroll similar , fine grain 
Lovely orangey brown varnish on a golden base

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DAVID MILWARD

‘Labelled: 'David Milward Viola Maker, Instrument No. 54, Made 2004'
2 piece back, 43.3cm/17 inches, horizontal medium flame ribs and scroll similar, fine to medium grain belly, rich golden brown varnish?

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