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Violas

We have FINE and RARE PROFESSIONAL violas made by craftsmen like Guadagnini, Testore and modern Italian makers available here regularly.  Please inquire if you have a specific request for an old master instrument or bow. 

Listed below are many of the fine violas we currently have in stock.

NOTE: Some of our finest instruments are not listed on this site. Please inquire about specific requests.

All consignments will be considered.

Trade-ins will also considered. For master quality instruments we often give two-thirds to 80% (at our sole discretion) of the original price back on trade-in instruments purchased here (provided they are in the same condition as when we sold them, other than normal usage, and provided you are purchasing an instrument of higher value. The same applies to trading-in a master quality bow for another bow. If you have an instrument or bow that was not originally sold to you by us, we will also be happy to determine what trade-in value we would allow for it.

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Violas
All prices are in Canadian Dollars unless otherwise noted.

Leopold Widhalm and son. Nurnberg, Germany 1783. Made by Leopold Widhalm and son. Nurnberg, Germany 1783.
This is an amazing viola in wonderful condition. Beautiful sound. 15 1/16" body size.
Available now
Piergiuseppe Esposti 2002, Cremona Italy. A very fine Italian viola in perfect condition. It is modelled on the style of Carlo Giuseppe Testore of Milan, Italy in the 1700's. The back and sides are made of beech wood as Testore often did. Great tone. Orange varnish. 16 3/16" size. $12,800
Piergiuseppe ESPOSTI
#Cpe-ava384
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1998 Cremona, Italy (40.8cm) 16 1/8". Fine Italian viola made by the well-known Italian master luthier, Piergiuseppe Esposti. Stradivari model with maker's Certificate of Authenticity. Smooth, powerful Viola sound. Nice one-piece back with
horizontal flames. Fine condition.
$9,000
Andrew WEINSTEIN
#AVA-1040
1995 Boston 16" (40.6cm), This professional viola has a powerful, warm, dark viola sound and is in excellent condition. Nicely antiqued varnish, with a classical appearance. $9,500
Leo ASCHAUER. 1964 Mittenwald, Germany. 15 15/16"
#Clr513
Professional viola. Has a 1972 certificate from William Moennig and Son of Philadelphia. Excellent European tone woods and fine sound. Just about 16" in body length.
$8000
Thomas Thorley 1881 England #Ava-2314
Very fine sounding viola by this maker. Made by him in his workshop near Manchester, England. Both he and his father were respected makers. Transparent medium-dark brown oil varnish. Fine condition too. 15 1/8".
$8500
Edouard BARTLETT
#Cmc312
2001 Owen Sound, Canada. 16 5/8". A fine professional viola by a well-respected Canadian luthier. Desirable sound. High quality tone-wood. Very fine condition. $7500
Edouard BARTLETT
#ava-cpb618
1991 Owen Sound, Ontario 15 3/4". This 15 3/4" viola was Ed's 26th instrument. $7500
Istvan Farkas
Budapest (Hungary) 1994  
#Ava-2174  
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16 9/16" (42cm)Made by the luthier, Istvan Farkas. Excellent tone woods. This is a very desirable-sounding viola in very fine condition.. $6500
Ed Bartlett, Owen Sound 1981 - 5th Viola -- #CCD615   SOLD Fine 16" viola. Large sound. Good workmanship. Fine attractive tone woods. 0
Marc LABERTE. France. c1950. #AVA-3127 16" Guarneri del Gesu model viola. Excellent condition. Fully balanced and very responsive tone. Red-brown on deep golden ground colour. Good spruce top. Two-piece maple back with narrow flames descending from the center. Ribs and scroll of matching maple. $7000
John Thomas Kuczer, 1950, Winnipeg.
#Ceg012
Fine sounding viola. 15 3/4 inches (40cm). well-made and attractive, in excellent condition.. $4500
Guang Hong
#Ava-1422
New. Beijing 16" c.2006. Well-made of fine European wood. Stradivarius model. Nice-sounding viola. Antique style varnish, #Ava-1422. $3600
Rudolph Doetsch Made in Germany of European spruce and flamed maple. They are hand graduated and bass bar fitted for tone. Hand varnished in the U.S. in the style a fine antique instrument. Ebony fittings. (15, 15.5, 16, 16.5) Photos available.. $3000
Torc Sorensen, 2010. Listowel, Ontario. #AVA-CTS7 Good viola made by this maker of good spruce and maple. It is his 12th instrument. $2995
Andreas Eastman M605 15.5", 16", 16.5" Outstanding quality. Model 605 Viola. High-grade flamed maple and well-aged spruce. Lightly antiqued and hand-varnished. Dark orange-brown on a yellow-brown ground coat. The tone is rich and powerful with pleasing complexity. Call or email for availability of size. Photos available. $2750
Edouard Bartlett, 1966 Owen Sound. 15 7/8" viola #CAG616 Another Fine Canadian viola. Medium to Dark brown varnish. 40.5 cm body
(15 7/8"). $2500..
$3800
Istvan Farkas. shop/model VIOLA
#Ava-2173
Made in Hungary. 16" Fine condition. Good tone wood, and workmanship. $2500
Giovani Basino
#Ava-1582
Made in modern Italian Style. Stradivari model 202. Antique oil varnish. $2100
"Pietro Minotti" model
#CRD1-509
Pietro Minotti model. 2008. Beijing. 16.5".
Very well-made viola. Golden-brown. Good tone.
$2100
Shop of Janos Bela,
AVA-3460
Good viola. Made in Budapest, Hungary, 2004" body size. $1880
Eastman 305 antique-look viola 15",15.5", 16", 16.5" Lightly distressed antique style spirit varnish shades from dark red-brown to golden brown. These violas are visually and tonally appealing. The combination of superior craftsmanship, wood, and artistic finishing results in an instrument of great personality with a powerful, clear tone. Cases and Bows available too. Photos available.2. $1850
Hai Chou, Beijing, 2006
#ava-1336
Full, rich-sounding attractive viola. Excellent condition. $2500
Samual Eastman M200
Violas or outfits
16" . Handcrafted from selected, seasoned tone woods with ebony fingerboard and boxwood fittings. Fine tonal quality, and workmanship. Nicely flamed maple with hand-applied satin varnish. (Violas are also available individually without a bow or case at a lower price.) Photos available.. $Used outfit up to $1029

New: $1099
Jay Haide violas New plain varnished (Jay Haide), and antique varnished - Jay Haide a l'ancienne - violas. Very pleasant sounding and beautiful modern violas in various sizes. E-mail for
special pricing
Samual Eastman Model 100
Violas or outfits
Viola Outfit. 14", 15", 15.5", or 16" body size. (A 14-inch Viola requires a height of 5 ft 2 inches.) Good hand-carved workmanship, with ebony fingerboard. Better spruce top and nicer maple back, sides and scroll. Well-varnished. Consistently pleasant to play with nice tone. (Violas are also available individually without a bow or case at a lower price.)
Photos available..
Used - Up to $749

For New - Inquire
Samual Eastman M80 Viola Outfit. 11", 12", 13", 14", 15", 15.5", or 16" body size. (A 14-inch Viola requires a height of 5 ft 2 inches.) Good hand-carved workmanship, with ebony fingerboard. Spruce top; maple back, sides and scroll. Nicely varnished. Consistently pleasant to play with good tone.
(Violas are also available individually without a bow or case at a lower price.).
Used - Up to $619

For New - Inquire
1/2-1221 Giovanni Basino Viola outfit Half-size Viola outfit. Fine tonal qualities. Nice varnish, wood and workmanship. Made in Beijing, 2005. With bow and case. $595
1/2-1383 Giovanni Basino Viola outfit Half-size Viola outfit. Nice varnish, wood and workmanship. Fine tone. Made in Beijing 2006. With bow and case. $695
1/2-2553 Eastman M80 Viola outfit Half-size Eastman 80 Viola outfit. Made in 2012. Fine sound and appearance. $695
1/4-1921 Giovanni Basino M200 Viola outfit Quarter size Viola outfit. Very attractive sound and appearance. Made in Beijing in 2009. $820
1/4-2048 Giovanni Basino Viola outfit Quarter size Viola outfit. Fine-sounding viola, made of high grade wood and attractive varnish. Made in Beijing in 2010. $825
1/8-1247 Giovanni Basino Viola outfit Eighth-size Viola outfit for a 5 to 6 year old. Attractive sound, wood and varnish. Fine workmanship. Made in 2005 in Beijing. $695
1/8-1426 Giovanni Basino Viola outfit Eighth-size Viola outfit for a 5 to 6 year old. Fine sound. Attractive wood and varnish. Fine workmanship. Made in Beijing in 2006. $695
1/8-1500 Giovanni Basino Viola outfit
#ava-1/8-1223
Eighth-size Viola outfit for a 5 to 6 year old. Very good sound. Attractive wood, workmanship and varnish. Made in Beijing in 2006. $695

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