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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® Amadeus Viola Outfit - 15 inch

Instrument: Viola
Level: Beginning

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The perfect viola for the beginner!


Designed from the ground up as the perfect beginner viola, the Hoffmann Amadeus Viola is crafted from quality maple, spruce and ebony. Refined set-up 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. Sizes: 12", 13", 14", 15", 15.5", 16" and 16.5".

Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Viola Outfit - 14 inch

Instrument: Viola
Level: Beginning

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The perfect viola for the beginner!


Designed from the ground up as the perfect beginner viola, the Hoffmann Amadeus Viola is crafted from quality maple, spruce and ebony. Refined set-up 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. Sizes: 12", 13", 14", 15", 15.5", 16" and 16.5".

Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Viola Outfit - 13 inch

Instrument: Viola
Level: Beginning

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The perfect viola for the beginner!


Designed from the ground up as the perfect beginner viola, the Hoffmann Amadeus Viola is crafted from quality maple, spruce and ebony. Refined set-up 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. Sizes: 12", 13", 14", 15", 15.5", 16" and 16.5".

Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Viola Outfit - 15.5 inch

Instrument: Viola
Level: Beginning

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The perfect viola for the beginner!


Designed from the ground up as the perfect beginner viola, the Hoffmann Amadeus Viola is crafted from quality maple, spruce and ebony. Refined set-up 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. Sizes: 12", 13", 14", 15", 15.5", 16" and 16.5".

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

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The perfect viola for the beginner!


Designed from the ground up as the perfect beginner viola, the Hoffmann Amadeus Viola is crafted from quality maple, spruce and ebony. Refined set-up 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. Sizes: 12", 13", 14", 15", 15.5", 16" and 16.5".

Franz Hoffmann® Etude Viola Outfit - 14 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.

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 ground up as the perfect beginner viola, the Hoffmann Amadeus Viola is crafted from quality maple, spruce and ebony. Refined set-up 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. Sizes: 12", 13", 14", 15", 15.5", 16" and 16.5".

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.

$750.00

Carlo Lamberti® Sonata Viola - Instrument Only

REVIEWED ON: July 17, 2017

Wonderful viola

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reviewed by: Parent, KIMBRELYN MAYO

Our daughter changed from violin to viola and this instrument is as beautiful to look a ad it is amazing to hear. It's warm, rich tone is such an improvement over her old instrument. She fell in love from the first bowing, even before tuning it, as it had such a nice sound. Recommended for a serious student. Her teacher also spoke of what a nice instrument we had purchased.

$219.00

Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Viola Outfit - 15 inch

REVIEWED ON: April 12, 2017

Beginners

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reviewed by: Parent, JESSICA GRAHAM

So far my child loves the instrument, and the teacher was very impressed

$459.00

Franz Hoffmann® Concert Viola Outfit - 16.5 inch

REVIEWED ON: February 04, 2017

AMAZING!

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reviewed by: Student, LYNDON RAMKHALAWAN

First I have to say how amazing the customer service is from the staff at Shar. I was informed that my outfit would be backordered because of a few items but I was extremely pleased to be able to replace some components of the package in order to receive my package approximately a month earlier than I would have if I had waited. Now about the viola. I ordered this viola outfit in order to get a start on the instrument and I must say that my teacher and I are extremely impressed. The instrument is perfect for any student that wants a wonderful instrument that will be a pleasure to play. Everything in the description is true and this is most definitely the most impressive instrument on the market for under $400. I would definitely recommend that the strings be replaced with Pirastro Tonica strings, they ring well and have a very clear tone.

$219.00

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.

$319.00

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!

$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

$459.00

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.

$459.00

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.

$219.00

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!

$2,300.00

Carlo Lamberti® Tertis Viola - Instrument Only

ITEM NUMBER: LVA17

Q. Hello my name is Dylan Morris, I am in 7th grade orchestra and I rent a Viola. We have tried to call you guys but, we are not getting a response. I was wondering If I can trade in my 14 inch viola for a 15 inch Carlo Lamberti Tertis Viola? I have been playing viola for 5 years. Thank you!

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ASKED BY: DYLAN MORRIS

FROM: LAKE ORION, MI

ASKED ON: October 15, 2017

A. Hi Dylan! Sorry that you were not able to reach us. Our contact center is currently not open on the weekends. Give us a call Monday-Friday and we would be happy to setup an exchange for you. Our contact center can be reached at 1-800-248-7427. Talk to you soon!

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$2,300.00

Carlo Lamberti® Tertis Viola - Instrument Only

ITEM NUMBER: LVA17

Q. Hi, what type of case fits the 14 inch tertis viola - with the shape you describe, I am guessing it will not fit a standard 14 inch viola/violin case. Also what would the shipping and tax cost for me to try one in Colorado? thank you

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ASKED BY: CARLA SCOTT

FROM: COLORADO SPRINGS, CO

ASKED ON: October 13, 2017

A. Hi Carla, thanks for your question. We have found that many 14" violas will fit in a 4/4 full sized violin case or a adjustable viola case. We offer a wide variety of choices in our Case Section. All case diminsions are listed on the product page under "Featrues/Specs". We recommend you compare the case diminsions to the 14" Tertis Viola diminsions listed below.

Total Length (scroll to endpin): 23 1/4"
Body Length: 14"
Lower Bout Width: 8 7/8"
Upper Bout Width: 6 3/4"
Ribs: average 1 1/2" deep
Total Depth (tip of bridge to bottom of back-plate arch): 4 3/8"

Please note that these measurements may vary slightly from one instrument to another, but have acceptably small variance. Please also feel free to contact us directly at 1-800-248-7427 if you have any additional questions.

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$750.00

Carlo Lamberti® Sonata Viola - Instrument Only

ITEM NUMBER: LVA11

Q. Instrument only is exactly that, right? No case included? Bow included? Or are these extra expenses?

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ASKED BY: ROSE UNDERKOFLER

FROM: SACO, ME

ASKED ON: October 12, 2017

A. Hi Rose! Yes, this listing is for the instrument only. A case and bow would need to be purchased separately. If you need a recommendation or have any additional questions, please contact us directly at 1-800-248-7427 and we would be happy to help!

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$2,300.00

Carlo Lamberti® Tertis Viola - Instrument Only

ITEM NUMBER: LVA17

Q. Does Shar make any 17 inch violas?

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ASKED BY: Anonymous

FROM: DETROIT, MI

ASKED ON: October 12, 2017

A. At this time, we do not carry any 17" violas. Please check back and feel free to contact us at 1-800-248-7427 if you have any additional questions.

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$219.00

Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Viola Outfit - 16 inch

ITEM NUMBER: HA100T 16

Q. Franz Hoffmann Amadeus Viola Outfit - 16 inch Item# HA100T 16 What strings come on the viola, and what rosin?

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ASKED BY: Susan Nelson

FROM: Wilmington, DE

ASKED ON: October 09, 2017

A. Hi Susan! This outfit comes with Overture Premium Strings and a SHAR Mini Rosin. Please let us know if you have any additional questions.

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$349.00

Franz Hoffmann Danube Viola Outfit 14 Inch Size

ITEM NUMBER: HEA200T 14

Q. What brand of strings does it come with.

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ASKED BY: Anonymous

FROM: MORROW, GA

ASKED ON: October 01, 2017

A. The string information can be found in the "Features/Specs" tab. Please let us know if you have any other questions!

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$349.00

Franz Hoffmann Danube Viola Outfit 14 Inch Size

ITEM NUMBER: HEA200T 14

Q. The pegs on my viola won't move, what do I do?

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ASKED BY: DUYEN NGUYEN

FROM: MORROW, GA

ASKED ON: September 24, 2017

A. Hi Duyen! We offer a few varieties of peg compound to help fix this issue. Please follow the link to view products. However, we recommend that you consult your teacher or a local luthier before attempting to adjust your instrument. Also, please feel free to contact us directly at 1-800-248-7427 and we would be happy to help guide you through the process. Thanks for your question!

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$349.00

Franz Hoffmann Danube Viola Outfit 15.5 Inch Size

ITEM NUMBER: HEA200T 155

Q. Would it be possible to purchase this with the Toshira deluxe case instead? Thanks!

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ASKED BY: Tracy Ta

FROM: Richmond, VA

ASKED ON: September 22, 2017

A. Absolutely! Please contact us directly at 1-800-248-7427 and we would be happy to customize this outfit for you. Thanks for your question!

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$219.00

Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Viola Outfit - 16.5 inch

ITEM NUMBER: HA100T 165

Q. Good morning - I need to order a viola for my son who just joined his 6th grade orchestra. I have ordered from Shar before and been very satisfied with your "kits" but for this child, I know already he will need a hard case instead of the one that comes with the kit. Is there a way to upgrade the kit to include a hard sided case?

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ASKED BY: TERESA CASTLEMAN

FROM: Searcy, AR

ASKED ON: September 12, 2017

A. Hi Teresa! Yes, you can upgrade the case by contacting us directly at 1-800-248-7427. We would be happy to help!

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$319.00

Franz Hoffmann® Etude Viola Outfit - 15 inch

ITEM NUMBER: SA125T 15

Q. What strings are on the Franz Hoffman 15" Viola

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ASKED BY: MICHAEL STAFFORD STAFFORD

FROM: LUCERNE VALLEY, CA

ASKED ON: September 05, 2017

A. Hi Michael! Currently, this instrument comes with Overture Ultra strings. Please let us know if you have any other questions.

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