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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.

Cleaning Your Viola

Cleaning Your Viola

Proper cleaning of your viola, as part of our Instrument Care & Maintenance video series.

SHAR Repair & Restoration Shop

Repair & Restoration

Our world class Repair & Restoration Shop provides service for instruments in all price ranges.

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® Amadeus Viola Outfit - 15 inch

Instrument: Viola
Level: Beginning

Play

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.

Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Viola Outfit - 14 inch

Instrument: Viola
Level: Beginning

Play

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.

Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Viola Outfit - 13 inch

Instrument: Viola
Level: Beginning

Play

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.

Franz Hoffmann®Amadeus Viola Outfit - 15.5 inch

Instrument: Viola
Level: Beginning

Play

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.

Franz Hoffmann® Etude Viola Outfit - 15 inch

Instrument: Viola
Level: Beginning

Play

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.

Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Viola Outfit - 12 inch

Instrument: Viola
Level: Beginning

Play

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.

Franz Hoffmann® Etude Viola Outfit - 14 inch

Instrument: Viola
Level: Beginning

Play

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.

Franz Hoffmann® Etude Viola Outfit - 15.5 inch

Instrument: Viola
Level: Beginning

Play

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 Only

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.

$2,300.00

Carlo Lamberti® Tertis Viola - Instrument Only

Instrument: Viola
Level: Intermediate

The "Best in Class!" icon is your assurance that SHAR has searched the world for instruments that are they very best value in each category. We offer a variety of instruments for different playing levels and price ranges, so that you can find the instrument that is perfect for your needs.

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.

Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Viola Outfit - 15 inch

Instrument: Viola
Level: Beginning

Play

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 Only

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.

$2,300.00

Carlo Lamberti® Tertis Viola - Instrument Only

Instrument: Viola
Level: Intermediate

The "Best in Class!" icon is your assurance that SHAR has searched the world for instruments that are they very best value in each category. We offer a variety of instruments for different playing levels and price ranges, so that you can find the instrument that is perfect for your needs.

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.

$239.00

Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Viola Outfit - 16.5 inch

REVIEWED ON: September 06, 2016

Good instrument

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reviewed by: NADER SHIHADA

Overall - I strongly recommend this for beginners. I even could recommend this for intermediate players on a budget. Just replace the strings as soon as possible and you should be fine. Then, when you have the money replace the bow and bridge and you're golden. Quick background - I played for 9 years in school, then graduated and had no instrument until 5 years later when I got this. That being said, I'm not exactly a beginner but here is my honest review. Sound quality - it's good for a beginner to learn on for their first two or three years. The strings aren't the best, but since a beginner may be tuning their own strings I would recommend not having expensive ones since they may break. The bow gives a nice sound. The instrument produces a loud enough sound but it is not a very rich sound. Strings- they're okay for a beginner. I recommend keeping them for the first couple years until the player gets tuning down. I replaced mine with some synthetic dominants which were much more responsive and had a better sound quality. With the stock strings you may get more screeching and shifting sound quality. Bow- it has very good control. I liked it other than the fact that the amount of tension is controlled. I couldn't tighten it to the point I like. This is good for beginners because they usually over toughen bows. My bow was a little warped but not too the point that it interferes. Build quality - the instrument is built very well. Honestly, I wouldn't be able to tell it was this inexpensive if I didn't buy it. Everything works the way it should. I want to replace the bridge to a better quality one, that is my only complaint.

$329.00

Franz Hoffmann® Etude Viola Outfit - 15 inch

REVIEWED ON: January 15, 2016

I love this viola!

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reviewed by: Teacher, Anonymous

Great sound! Nice feel!

$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!

$329.00

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

$479.00

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.

$479.00

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.

$239.00

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!

$3,000.00

Karl Joseph Schneider® Premier Viola - 16.5 inch

REVIEWED ON: October 07, 2012

Amazing Viola Sound!

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reviewed by: Roger Carlson

I have owned this Karl Joseph Schneider 16.5 inch viola for about 2.5 years. I am a retired science teacher with a life-long hobby interest in string instrument acoustics. When I retired from teaching, I began to search for a viola upgrade in the $5000 price range. When I saw the KJSV165 Premier Artist viola in the Shar catalog for $3200, I realized that Shar prices are usually lower than those at local violin shops. This instrument easily exceeded instruments I had tried in the $4000-plus price range. Construction quality is top-notch! I inadvertently posted my 10 month review of this viola under the Shar model number KJSV155. I have continued using Eudoxa A, D, G strings and and the Oliv non-ridgid C string on this instrument. I have also upgraded the very good quality Shar student-grade bridge with custom-fitted Mirecourt Grade A bridges. I work hard on tone-building exercises and end up changing strings about every 6 weeks. The tone quality of this instrument has taken quantum leaps since I've owned it. I play in a community orchestra with a significant number of retired professional musicians and music teachers. Violas in this orchestra range in value up to $20000. People who have tried out my Shar viola are generally surprised at the sound they can produce! It usually takes 10-20 years to bring a violin or viola to acoustic maturity. My musician friends are all amazed at how rapidly the harmonic overtones have continued to develop in this rich-sounding instrument! I think I've ended up with a phenomenal bargain!

$479.00

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.

$239.00

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!

$1,250.00

Carlo Lamberti® Symphony Viola

ITEM NUMBER: LVA12

Q. Is possible to trade in a Karl Joseph Stradivari violin which I have had since 2014 for this viola, Thank

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ASKED BY: JANE AJANAKU

FROM: HOMEWOOD, IL

ASKED ON: November 25, 2016

A. Hi Jane! For more information about our Trade-In Policy, please contact us at 1-800-248-7427. Thanks!

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$2,300.00

Carlo Lamberti® Tertis Viola - Instrument Only

ITEM NUMBER: LVA17

Q. Do I have to pay this in full? Is it possible to pay it off little by little?

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ASKED BY: James Gamboa

FROM: Edmonds, WA

ASKED ON: November 21, 2016

A. Hi James! At this time, we do not offer financing on our instruments. If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact us at 1-800-248-7427.

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$329.00

Franz Hoffmann® Etude Viola Outfit - 16 inch

ITEM NUMBER: SA125T 16

Q. Can instruments have custom finishes? for example I love darker colors like perhaps a walnut finish. How much extra would something like that cost?

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ASKED BY: Isidro Williams

FROM: Eatonton, GA

ASKED ON: November 17, 2016

A. Hi Isidro! Unfortunately, we do not offer custom finishes on our instruments. Each violin is slightly different based multiple factors such as wood grain and varnish. No two are exactly alike! Thanks for you question.

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Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Viola Outfit - 16.5 inch

ITEM NUMBER: HA100T 165

Q. Does the outfit come with the neck rest on the bottom of the viola? Or do I have to buy it separately?

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ASKED BY: Owen Neilan

FROM: Swampscott, MA

ASKED ON: November 09, 2016

A. Hi Owen! This instrument is professionally setup by our trained staff of musicians and includes a chinrest. The outfit includes a shaped foam case, rosin and brazilwood/horsehair bow. Thanks for your question!

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Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Viola Outfit - 16.5 inch

ITEM NUMBER: HA100T 165

Q. How long is the 16.5 viola from bottom to top of scroll?

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ASKED BY: Owen Neilan

FROM: Swampscott, MA

ASKED ON: November 06, 2016

A. Hi Owen! The 16.5" instrument measures approximately 27.25" from bottom to scroll. If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact us at 1-800-248-7427.

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Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Viola Outfit - 12 inch

ITEM NUMBER: HA100T 12

Q. What brand of strings come on this viola? My son has been playing for about a year, and we're looking at getting him new strings. Not sure what brand is on here now. Thanks!

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ASKED BY: REBEKAH BERGER

FROM: JACKSONVILLE, FL

ASKED ON: October 24, 2016

A. Hi Rebekah! This viola comes setup with Overture Ultra strings. If you have any questions or would like a recommendation for new strings, please feel free to contact us at 1-800-248-7427. Thanks for your question!

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Franz Hoffmann® Etude Viola Outfit - 15 inch

ITEM NUMBER: SA125T 15

Q. Can you get a fiberglass bow instead of the brazilwood bow?

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ASKED BY: ALISHA WALLWORK

FROM: SPARTANBURG, SC

ASKED ON: August 29, 2016

A. Thanks for you question Alisha! This outfit comes standard with a Brazilwood Bow and Toshira Case. If you would like to customize the outfit, please contact our Customer Care Center at 1-800-248-7427 and we would be happy to assist you!

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$239.00

Franz Hoffmann®Amadeus Viola Outfit - 16 inch

ITEM NUMBER: HA100T 16

Q. What is the vibrating string length for this 16" Hoffman viola? I'm a beginner & trying to buy matching "finger positions / fret tape" for this viola & they needed the length from nut to bridge... Thanks!

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ASKED BY: Anonymous

FROM: Oakland, CA

ASKED ON: August 25, 2016

A. Thanks for you question! This instrument measures 14.75" from the nut to the bridge. If you are interest in finger position/fret tape, please see our Accessories/Teaching Aid section. Hope this helps!

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$329.00

Franz Hoffmann® Etude Viola Outfit - 14 inch

ITEM NUMBER: SA125T 14

Q. How do I rent item #SA125T 14? Thanks

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ASKED BY: CURTIS TOPHAM

FROM: BREMERTON, WA

ASKED ON: August 21, 2016

A. Hi Curtis! To view all of our rental options, select the Rentals page from the main menu. If you have any additional question, feel free to contact us at 1-800-248-7427. Hope this helps!

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$479.00

Franz Hoffmann® Concert Viola Outfit - 15 inch

ITEM NUMBER: SH500VT 15

Q. Can I upgrade the bow and case for this outfit?

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ASKED BY: Swana Chepaitis

FROM: Indiana, PA

ASKED ON: August 09, 2016

A. Hi Swana! Yes, you can customize and upgrade the bow and case to your preference. To do so, please contact our Customer Care Center at 1-800-248-7427 and they would be happy to assist you. Thanks!

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