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Our Safe, Easy, and Risk-Free In Home Trial Program allows you to try up to 2 violas for a 7 day trial period.

Cleaning Your Viola

Cleaning Your Viola

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

Trade Ins

Trade Ins

100% Trade-In Policy on SHAR instruments. There's never been a better time to "step-up" to your next viola.

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®Amadeus Viola Outfit - 16 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 - 15.5 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.

$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!

$2,500.00

Carlo Lamberti Tertis Viola Outfit - 16.5 inch

ITEM NUMBER: LVA17T 165

Q. What are the dimensions of this viola? (Upper and lower bout?)

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ASKED BY: Anonymous

FROM: DETROIT, MI

ASKED ON: August 07, 2017

A. Hello! This instrument measures approximately 7.75" (upper bout) and 10.5" (lower bout). Please let us know if you have any other questions.

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$319.00

Franz Hoffmann® Etude Viola Outfit - 16 inch

ITEM NUMBER: SA125T 16

Q. Can u pay half his month and half next month?

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ASKED BY: AMY BRADDOCK

FROM: RICHMOND HILL, GA

ASKED ON: July 15, 2017

A. Hi Amy, thanks for your question. At this time, we do not offer instrument payment plans. If you have any additional questions, please contact us at 1-800-248-7427.

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$219.00

Franz Hoffmann®Amadeus Viola Outfit - 16 inch

ITEM NUMBER: HA100T 16

Q. I'm hoping to purchase the Cushy® Deluxe Carry-All™ Dart Shape Backpack Case Cover along with this. Will the case that is included within the outfit fit in the Cushy?

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ASKED BY: Kim Le

FROM: Wichita, KS

ASKED ON: June 21, 2017

A. Hi Kim Le, thanks for your question. Unfortunately, the case included with this outfit will not fit inside of the Cushy Viola Case Cover. This case does include backpack style strap for easy carrying and ample storage space for accessories. If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us at 1-800-248-7427.

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$289.00

Franz Hoffmann® Danube Viola - Instrument Only

ITEM NUMBER: HEA200

Q. Is it made in China or Romania. Thanks for your attention

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ASKED BY: DONALDO GUTIERREZ

FROM: WEST PALM BEACH, FL

ASKED ON: May 24, 2017

A. Hi Donaldo! This violin is manufactured in Romania and inspected and shop adjusted in SHAR's Ann Arbor, MI workshop. Thanks for your question!

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$349.00

Franz Hoffmann Danube Viola Outfit 15.5 Inch Size

ITEM NUMBER: HEA200T 155

Q. Does this viola come with a chin rest?

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ASKED BY: Jesslyn Stoner

FROM: MC CONNELLSBURG, PA

ASKED ON: May 11, 2017

A. Hi Jesslyn, thanks for your question! Yes, this viola comes with a ebony guarneri style chinrest installed. Hope this helps!

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$2,500.00

Carlo Lamberti Tertis Viola Outfit - 15.5 inch

ITEM NUMBER: LVA17T 155

Q. I would like to know it the Carlo Lamberti Tertis Viola Outfit - 15.5 inch is eligible for the trade program. I have several violins that I would like to trade. If so what would I need to do? Regards Al

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ASKED BY: ALBERT CHEATHAM

FROM: SEMMES, AL

ASKED ON: April 26, 2017

A. Hi Albert, thanks for your question! We have a few options to consider when trading in your instrument. To insure that you get the best value for your trade-in, please contact us at 1-800-248-7427 and we would be happy to help!

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$159.00

Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Viola - Instrument Only

ITEM NUMBER: HA100

Q. Does the viola come with a case or a bow?

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ASKED BY: Anna Tryan

FROM: Escanaba, MI

ASKED ON: April 15, 2017

A. Hi Anna! This particular item includes the instrument only. Although, we do offer this instrument as an outfit (w/ case and bow). Please follow the link to view. Thanks for your question!

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$2,300.00

Carlo Lamberti® Tertis Viola - Instrument Only

ITEM NUMBER: LVA17

Q. In what country are these violas made?

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ASKED BY: LAURIE BASILE

FROM: BROOKFIELD, WI

ASKED ON: April 13, 2017

A. Hi Laurie! This viola is manufactured in China and setup by our trained instrument technicians in Ann Arbor, MI. Thanks for your question!

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$2,300.00

Carlo Lamberti® Tertis Viola - Instrument Only

ITEM NUMBER: LVA17

Q. Can you give me the following measurements for the 14" Tertis style Carlo Lamberti? Length of body (which should be 14); Length from end of scroll to bottom of bout. I'm trying to figure out a fitting issue I have with my 15" Tertis that I bought in the fall. Many thanks, Amanda Diamond

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ASKED BY: AMANDA DIAMOND

FROM: RIVERTON, UT

ASKED ON: March 25, 2017

A. Hello Amanda! The body length is exactly 14". The overall length (end of the scroll to where the endpin enters the lower bout) is 23 1/4". Lower bout width is 8 7/8"; Upper bout width is 6 3/4". Ribs average 1 1/2" deep, and the total depth of the instrument (tip of bridge to bottom of back-plate arch) is 4 3/8". Please note that these measurements may vary slightly from one instrument to another, but have acceptably small variance.

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$1,500.00

Carlo Lamberti® Classic Viola

ITEM NUMBER: LVA14

Q. Does this item include a bow when shipped?

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ASKED BY: Nick S

FROM: Virginia Beach, VA

ASKED ON: February 26, 2017

A. Hi Nick! This item listing is for the instrument only and does not include a bow. If you are looking for bow recommendations, please contact us at 1-866-742-7270 and we would be happy to help!

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