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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.

$3,000.00

Karl Joseph Schneider® Antiqued 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!

$289.00

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

$429.00

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.

$165.00

Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Viola Outfit - with KVOB bow and UHA100 case - 13 inch

REVIEWED ON: October 16, 2014

Okay if you have no other options

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reviewed by: Teacher, JEFFREY OHMART

This is a cheap viola. Make no mistake. The pegs are poorly constructed and don't hold pitch well. The overly shiny finish on the viola is so slippery that the bridge moves at the drop of a hat. The C-string changes pitch if you play louder than mp.

$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!