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Franz Hoffmann™ Etude Viola - Instrument Only

Item # : SA125165


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Franz Hoffmann Etude Viola


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. Availble in 12, 13, 14, 15, 15.5, 16, and 16.5 inch.

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Note: This model instrument in the 16 1/2" size will not fit in the Toshira Deluxe Viola Case (TC100V 16) or the Thermoplastic Shaped Viola Case (203 16).

This Franz Hoffmann viola does not come with any accessories, it is the viola only.


Franz Hoffmann Etude Viola

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12/29/2017 10:02:00 am

Good 16 in viola

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.

1/29/2017 6:01:00 pm

Better than expected

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!

6/24/2016 8:27:00 pm

great sound, great price.

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.