I just love my Luis & Clark viola. The sound is amazing and it plays easily and consistently. Each string is evenly balanced and equally rewarding, and the machine is physically a joy to work on. It blends in perfectly with traditional instruments and is just as responsive whether playing loudly or softly. A bonus is that Cardiff Violins have provided excellent support service and they are always willing to advise and help. I look forward to many happy hours of playing this super viola.