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Franz Hoffmann® Concert Viola - Instrument Only

Instrument: Viola
Level: Beginning

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For years, teachers and schools have trusted Franz Hoffmann instruments to help bring out the best performances in their students. Consistent quality, playability, visual appeal and value have been the hallmarks of the Franz Hoffmann line, and are only possible because of SHAR's close management of the manufacturing and setup process. Our goal with the Hoffmann Concert viola was to create an advancing level viola with a deep, appealing sound, responsive playability and great looks. Aged, flamed tonewoods, careful hand work, beautfiully-shaded spirit varnish and a relentless quest for quality all add up to the most impressive $400 viola on the market today.

This Franz Hoffmann viola does not come with any accessories, it is the viola only. Most players purchase an outfit to start which includes a case, bow, and rosin, all of which are needed to begin playing. You can find an outfit here.

$1,250.00

Otto Ernst Fischer® Bianca Viola

Instrument: Viola
Level: Intermediate

This new addition to the Fischer® line offers violists a warm, deep sound that is pleasant for both player and audience. Made in Romania, the attention to detail by our partner workshop follows the German tradition of meticulous handcraftsmanship. The result is a fantastic European viola at a remarkable price.

$2,500.00

John Cheng™ Stradivari Model Viola

Instrument: Viola
Level: Advanced

John Cheng violas combine the finest, aged tonewoods from China, meticulous workmanship, and expert varnish work. This Stradivari model captures the essence of the great Italian master, and gives us the tonal qualities which have set Strads apart. Full-bodied and sonorous with excellent response and balance.

Franz Hoffmann® Etude Viola Outfit - 15.5 inch

Instrument: Viola
Level: Beginning

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For the student ready to explore musical expression, the Etude is the perfect choice. Made by hand and finished with an attractive spirit varnish, the Etude resonates like a much more expensive viola, creating a big, bold sound. Solid spruce top, and solid maple sides, back and neck with finely-finished ebony pegs and fingerboard. The Etude has all the attributes of expensive violas... for hundreds less.

Carlo Lamberti® Sonata Viola

Instrument: Viola
Level: Intermediate

Developed to the specifications of Charles Avsharian, CEO of Shar and Professor of Violin at Michigan State University, these instruments are among the finest examples of Chinese instruments being made today.

This high quality Chinese viola is sure to impress - its performance is unmatched in its price range, and its tonal qualities compare favorably to violas costing much more. The beautiful finish and expert set-up in Shar's workshop further assure you of the quality and performance of this outstanding viola.

$2,200.00

Carlo Lamberti® Tertis Viola

Instrument: Viola
Level: Intermediate

In the 1930s, Lionel Tertis, the most influential violist of the 20th century, created a unique design for a viola that allowed for a big, viola sound, yet was easy to navigate by smaller or younger players. The result is a viola with a small upper bout for maneuverability and a large lower bout for big sound. Our new Lamberti® Tertis viola is based on Tertis's design. It is beautifully crafted from choice tonewoods and finished with a subtle antique varnish. Our violists here at SHAR have described this viola's cello- like sound as awesome . Since the lower bouts are large, we recommend the Heritage Pro Adjustable Case (730X). This instrument will not fit in an 860 case.

Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Viola Outfit - 15 inch

Instrument: Viola
Level: Beginning

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The perfect viola for the beginner! Designed from the groud up as "best in class", the Hoffmann Amadeus viola is crafted from quality maple, spruce and ebony. Refined setup is immediately evident in the smooth hand feel, smooth peg function and responsive, clear sound. Carbon fiber tailpiece with four built-in string adjusters helps the beginner develop confidence. Outfit includes shaped foam case, rosin and brazilwood/horsehair bow.

Carlo Lamberti® Sonata Viola

Instrument: Viola
Level: Intermediate

Developed to the specifications of Charles Avsharian, CEO of Shar and Professor of Violin at Michigan State University, these instruments are among the finest examples of Chinese instruments being made today.

This high quality Chinese viola is sure to impress - its performance is unmatched in its price range, and its tonal qualities compare favorably to violas costing much more. The beautiful finish and expert set-up in Shar's workshop further assure you of the quality and performance of this outstanding viola.

$2,200.00

Carlo Lamberti® Tertis Viola

Instrument: Viola
Level: Intermediate

In the 1930s, Lionel Tertis, the most influential violist of the 20th century, created a unique design for a viola that allowed for a big, viola sound, yet was easy to navigate by smaller or younger players. The result is a viola with a small upper bout for maneuverability and a large lower bout for big sound. Our new Lamberti® Tertis viola is based on Tertis's design. It is beautifully crafted from choice tonewoods and finished with a subtle antique varnish. Our violists here at SHAR have described this viola's cello- like sound as awesome . Since the lower bouts are large, we recommend the Heritage Pro Adjustable Case (730X). This instrument will not fit in an 860 case.

$229.00

Franz Hoffmann® Etude Viola - Instrument Only - 16.5 inch

REVIEWED ON: July 29, 2014

great sound, great price.

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reviewed by: JARED LONG

I was surprised with the sound of this viola for the price I paid. I perform and teach on violin regularly and recently needed a viola to perform with. I'm always on a tight budget and initially didn't expect too much from this purchase. However, the lower notes resonate well and the upper registers aren't that bad either. With better strings I'm sure the sound would open up even more.

$1,250.00

Otto Ernst Fischer® Bianca Viola

REVIEWED ON: February 26, 2014

Sweeeeeet

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reviewed by: JOHN RIGGS

I am very pleased with this viola. I had tried out a group of them through the Shar home trials, but settled on a 16.5 inch Bianca because of the tone and balance. It doesn't hurt that it's also a beautiful instrument. Thank you Shar!!!

$369.00

Franz Hoffmann® Concert Viola - Instrument Only

REVIEWED ON: January 07, 2014

Inspect your Strings carefully

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reviewed by: Anonymous

The strings coming with the viola are of low quality. Need to inspect them carefully within 30 days. Otherwise Sharmusic will not do anything for you. You may need to add $100 budge upfront to replace the strings.

$429.00

Franz Hoffmann® Concert Viola Outfit - 15.5 inch

REVIEWED ON: January 07, 2014

Inspect your Strings carefully

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reviewed by: Anonymous

The strings coming with the viola are of low quality. Need to inspect carefully within the 30 days if anything goes wrong. Over 30 days, Sharmusic will not do anything for you. Add $100 in your budget upfront to replace the strings.

$229.00

Franz Hoffmann® Etude Viola - Instrument Only - 16.5 inch

REVIEWED ON: November 01, 2013

Better than expected

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reviewed by: Anonymous

Due to a shortage of the size viola I needed this viola was my only option. It is gorgeous instrument, and while the sound is certainly not like a more expensive viola it is pretty decent for a student instrument. The bottom notes are deep and resonant, and it plays very easily. A nicer set of strings may improve things. For $200 though, this is a fantastic buy!

$369.00

Franz Hoffmann® Concert Viola - Instrument Only

REVIEWED ON: May 13, 2013

Pleased Parent

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reviewed by: STEPHEN GALLAGHER

After a week's worth of research for my daughter's replacement Viola I decided this one offered the best value in the range we could afford. I chose the instrument only so I could select a premium case and bow for her separatly. We got it within 3 days. They logically packed the instrument very well, utilizing the case I ordered to encase the instrument, bow and extra strings with the shoulder rest within the outer box. My daughter tuned it and played the same song on both her old one and this one. Unbelievable difference over her old bottom end piece. The sound was crisp and clear besides being almost three times as loud as her old one (I'll need to get her a mute next!) I am VERY pleased with this purchase as will my daughters music instructor once she hears the difference. Thank You Sharmusic

$199.00

Franz Hoffmann®Amadeus Viola Outfit - 15.5 inch

REVIEWED ON: April 02, 2013

Wow!

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reviewed by: DAVE HARPER

This viola surpasses anything I could imagine getting at this price point anywhere else by mail. The low C is deep and resonant. Easy playability on the set up. Pegs turn easily and stay put. A fine outfit. This is my first dealing with Shar. It won't be my last. A wonderful supplier for strings for those of us who live far away from any real string shop. My wife was thrilled by the sound of this instrument, too. This beds well!

$2,200.00

Carlo Lamberti® Tertis Viola

REVIEWED ON: March 31, 2013

Very Nice Instrument

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reviewed by: Anonymous

I think now I'm ready to do the review of this instrument. Mine is 16.5" which could be a 17" in terms of cases, but not so sure so you might try a 16.5" case to see if it fits. Good things about this viola: first of all, it is true that it sounds like a cello, not to me though but looks like it does sound like that to people. I was doing a gig the other day and someone from the second violins next to me told me he thought he had a cello by his side. So I would say it sounds really deep, sorry but violas have their own identity and don't like the comparison ;) The other thing is I had to change many of the accessories: Eva Pirazzi strings sound better than the ones it came with; the bridge was extremely high so a luthier lowered it for me and now is perfect; I think he also moved the sound post; and the last change i did was the tailpiece, I got one of those boxwood with 4 tuners (not the expensive one for around $300, but one for $74) and the size is 135mm, the one it came with i think is 125mm or less. Something I discovered is this viola should be played with a light bow, the instrument sounds too much already so do not force it with a heavy bow. I forgot one of the things I love the most in this instrument, the neck is very comfortable to play, my previous viola had a wide neck so i know how it feels and hurts; and the instrument is very light for it size. PS: Many people in my section want to try my viola now, even violinists :D

$429.00

Franz Hoffmann® Concert Viola Outfit - 16.5 inch

REVIEWED ON: September 13, 2012

Easily the best Viola for the money

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reviewed by: MICHAEL DAVIS

I was suprised by the quality of this instrument for the money. Easily as good as instruments that cost twice as much. The Viola was very playable out of the box. The A string tended to be somewhat finicky. This was fixed by using a Larsen A string. Also I replaced the Bridge because I like a lower playing position. Just personal preference. These are Chinese made; but Shar must have excellent quality control. I have heard nothing but good things about Franz Hoffman Instruments.

$199.00

Franz Hoffmann®Amadeus Viola Outfit - 16.5 inch

REVIEWED ON: June 08, 2012

Great viola

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reviewed by: Anonymous

I feel that this outfit was well worth the money. Not being an expert, I'm not sure what constitutes an excellent viola, but for a beginner like me, this is perfect. It looks beautiful and plays great (as far as I can tell). You cannot beat this type of quality for the price, especially for just starting out. I wish I had known about Shar prior to purchasing a cheap violin online. It is nothing compared to what I got from Shar and I would def do business with Shar again!