Karl Joseph Schneider® Antiqued Viola 16 1/2 inch

Item # KJS70V165


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Average Customer Rating:

5 Stars
Full, complex tonal palette matches the beautifully antiqued varnish. An exceptional instrument for the dedicated violist.
1-Year Limited Warranty
This item comes with Shar's 1 year warranty covering defects of workmanship or materials. General wear and tear or mis-use are not covered. Non-transferable.

30-Day No Hassle Return Policy
If you are not satisfied with this item for any reason, you may return it for a full refund within 30 days of purchase.

If you have any questions about this product's warranty or to make a return, please contact our Customer Service Department at 800.793.4334 or email us at sharserv@sharmusic.com

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  • Rating:
    50 Stars
    Posted By: Roger Carlson from White Bear Township, MN
    October 07, 2012

    Amazing Viola Sound!

    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 rom 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! ... (See Full Review)

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Trade-In Policy

Shar is devoted to your musical development from your first beginning instrument to the eventual instrument of your dreams. We know how important your equipment is in producing the best sound possible. As you grow musically, you will undoubtedly need an instrument that can grow with you. We encourage you to take advantage of our Trade-In Program. Whether it is from a 1/4 size to a 1/2 size or from an advanced instrument to a professional instrument, we offer you a generous trade-in credit for your current instrument:

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- Trade-in Credit may be used towards up to 50% of the purchase price of a new, used or blemished instrument or instrument outfit at SHAR! Refurbishment fees and other conditions apply, please click here to see full details.

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100% - (Includes Carlo Lamberti, Otto Ernst Fischer, Karl Joseph Schneider, John Cheng and those from our Fine Instrument Collection)  Trade-in Credit from any new, used or blemished instrument may be used towards the purchase price of an instrument of equal or greater value. Refurbishment fees and other conditions apply, please click here to see full details.

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3, 6 or 12 Months - No Interest!  There is no interest charged on this plan. These plans are available only to qualified customers over the age of 18, within the United States. 3-Pay Plan for Instruments over $1,000: Requires 1/3 down and 2 equal monthly payments. A non-refundable handling fee of $20 will be charged with the first payment. 6-Pay Plan for Instruments over $1,500: Requires 20% down and 5 equal monthly payments. A non-refundable handling fee of $75 will be charged with the first payment. 12-Pay Plan for Instruments over $2,000: Requires 20% down and 11 equal monthly payments. A non-refundable handling fee of $220 will be charged with the first payment.

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