The tenor of the violin family, violas have a long and rich history that dates back to the 1400's. A key figure of a symphony orchestra's string quartet, the viola has graced the pieces of many famous composers ranging from Bach and Beethoven to Mozart and Dvorak. Today, the viola can be found in a wide range of different sizes, and you'll find more than enough options to choose from in this section.
Before purchasing a viola, there are definitely a few things to consider. As mentioned, the viola comes in a variety of different sizes, which can easily affect its playability and sound depending on the skill and physical traits of the player. Although larger violas have a bigger and bolder sound, they can also be hard to play for younger students. For this reason, a player should always focus on comfort first and foremost.
You'll find violas from all the best musical instrument brands, including Bellafina, Cremona, Yamaha and many others. One of the most popular violas in this catalog is the Yamaha Standard Model AVA7 viola outfit. Completely hand-carved, the AVA7 has a maple neck, back and sides, and consists of a beautiful, warm sound with an abundance of tonal colors. Another superb choice is the Knilling School Model viola outfit with Perfection pegs. Providing an extraordinary depth and projection at an affordable price, this model contains solid carved construction throughout, a spruce top, lightly figured maple back and sides, and inlaid purfling. The Knilling School model viola outfit also comes with a Brazilwood bow with horsehair, and a shaped, fully-lined case with zippered cover.
If taking up the viola is something you're thinking about, then you've definitely come to the right place. After all, any player who takes the time and effort to perfect the viola deserves an instrument that's exceptionally crafted, and capable of enduring countless amounts of practices and performances.