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Whether you are just starting out or steadily improving, SHAR is committed to helping you achieve the highest possible musical goals.

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.

$2,200.00

Carlo Lamberti® Tertis Viola

REVIEWED ON: July 06, 2015

LOVE THIS INSTRUMENT!

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reviewed by: KIMBERLY LOCK

I have had this Viola since 2008 and I love it more every time I play it! It's perfect for people like me, who love the Viola, but may not have the long arms and big hands for it. The structure of the Tertis allows short-armed people like me to still have a professional sounding-instrument without actually having a 16 or 17 in viola. I would recommend this viola to anyone looking to take their playing to the next level!

$2,500.00

John Cheng® Stradivari Model Viola

REVIEWED ON: June 28, 2015

Excellent value

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reviewed by: Anonymous

I recently purchased a 15.5 John Cheng Stradivari viola as a trade-up from a Lamberti Sonata 15.5 viola. Each of the three different brand violas I tried on the in-home trial had attractive qualities. Ultimately, I was won over by the John Cheng viola's warm sound and the clear, sweet A-string. It also had consistent sound quality across all four strings, and was nice sounding in the higher positions on all four strings. Every viola player has their own ideas about what they want and need from their viola in terms of sound and playability. The service representative I worked with was very helpful in selecting the trial violas that fit my requested criteria, which included easier left hand playability. I consider this viola to be an excellent value for the price.

$259.00

Franz Hoffmann® Etude Viola - Instrument Only - 16.5 inch

REVIEWED ON: February 18, 2015

Good 16 in viola

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reviewed by: MADONNA WHITE

I have been playing violin for number of years wanted to try Viola.I purchased 16 etude on Dutch auction so payed half price.I am very pleased has nice deep sound I did change strings they seems to ring out more.Its a great way to try Viola without costing too much.The instrument is great starter instrument well set up easy to play can't complain about the sound for this price.

$700.00

Carlo Lamberti® Sonata Viola

REVIEWED ON: January 29, 2015

Three months and not a single regret

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reviewed by: Student, Anonymous

I am a beginner, but quickly outgrew the cheap viola I started with. There's little that I can compare this instrument with, but it is comfortable and easy to play, visually beautiful, and the tone is smooth and easy. When my teacher first played it, my jaw probably hit the floor (actually I may have started dancing). I am nowhere near making that sound but I consider that a good thing, as I know it's something I can work toward as I progress. Love this viola!

$3,000.00

Karl Joseph Schneider® Premier Viola - 16 inch

REVIEWED ON: December 09, 2014

Karl Joseph Schneider KJS70V16 Antiqued Viola

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reviewed by: Anonymous

I own a Karl Joseph Schneider Antiqued 16 inch viola which was built in 2002. Everything about this instrument exceeds my expectations! The craftsmanship is first rate. I never expected to find a German-made instrument of this quality for such a low list price. I bought mine used. It sounded great when I first got it, but I've been amazed at what my continuing tone building efforts have done for its steady growth in sound quality. I Keep my KJS70V16 strung with Obligato strings; and I successfully purchased a Coda Bow Classic (predecessor of the Coda Bow Diamond GX) with optimal weight for this viola's size and string tension. Most of my violin text books claim that it takes 10 to 20 years for the wood to reach maturity in a violin or viola. If my KJS70V16 viola hasn't reached maturity yet, I can hardly wait to hear it in a few more years!

$319.00

Franz Hoffmann® Etude Viola Outfit - 16 inch

REVIEWED ON: December 08, 2014

tone bar got separated from body - two years after purchase

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reviewed by: IRINA TSYBA

we ordered our viola on January 2013, in December 2014 – we come to the local store to check viola – tone bar got separated from body, need to be re-glued which in the price range 250-350$ - the same price as new viola ($289.00). You can make your own call if this instrument is good quality or not. Irina

$439.00

Franz Hoffmann® Concert Viola Outfit - 14 inch

REVIEWED ON: December 08, 2014

Gotta Play a 3/4, Very Pleasantly Surprised

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reviewed by: ELIZABETH BUSTAMANTE

I have to play a 3/4 size viola due to joint problems, and thus am not planning to "outgrow" this little fiddle. NO, it doesn't sound like a big one--but it speaks right up, is even across all the strings (Obligato with Helicore C in case anyone is interested) and projects well. It is kind to my stiff old arms and the tone is warm and pleasant! I can imagine that small people and kids will get their money's worth too. To anyone that needs a 14--inch viola, I heartily recommend the Concert.

$2,200.00

Carlo Lamberti® Tertis Viola

REVIEWED ON: December 01, 2014

Tertis Model is very nice for the price!!

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reviewed by: Teacher, JUDITH HIRSCH

I have had a 16 inch tertis model for several years now. The sound is dark and rich, somewhat more cello like than I prefer, but still alovely sound in ensemble. I use this instrument for outdoor playing with orchestra and also with several of my ensembles., depending on the tone color needed. The main problem that I had at first, was a slight tubbiness and lack of articulation on the C string. This problem was solved to my satisfaction by changing the lower string to D'Darrio Zyex. The thinner C string is much more responsive and the articulation was much improved. I have another instrument which is about ten times the price of this instrument and obviously I prefer, but at about 2K, I find the Tertis model very comfortable (nice thin neck) to play and quite satisfying in tone production. I do finds that there is less "digging" in necessary, however, one must be careful not to "let loose" with arm weight too much on the C string. The response is more like that on the G. All in all, I am very happy with this instrument and am deriving a great deal of pleasure from playing it.

$259.00

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!!!