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Franz Hoffmann® Concert Viola Outfit - 12 inch

Franz Hoffmann® Concert Viola Outfit - 12 inch | SH500VT 12
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SHAR Price: $459

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Item# SH500VT 12

Select Size: 12 inch

Availability: In Stock

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About This Item

Franz Hoffmann Concert Viola

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.

Learn more about SHAR's expert instrument set up.



Body Material: Maple
Top Material: Spruce
Fingerboard: Ebony
Finish: Spirit Varnish
Pegs: Ebony
Strings: Overture Ultra Strings


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Warranty Info

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 [email protected]

About This Brand

Franz Hoffmann®
You can hear the difference!

Beginnings are critical. That is why we are committed to offering the best student instruments to beginning players. We believe this commitment is why Hoffmann instruments have become so popular with teachers, schools, parents, and beginning students of all ages.

We designed Franz Hoffmann instruments to give you the absolute best student violins, violas, cellos, and basses available on the market today. The consistent quality in materials, construction, playability, tone, and visual appeal make them a great value for every beginning string student.

Working closely with workshops, we have carefully designed and crafted each Franz Hoffmann instrument to ensure our specifications are met. These instruments are then sent to our Ann Arbor workshop to receive final adjustments assuring easy playability and polished looks.

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Customer Questions

Question by:

  • KIM LE

Asked On: 02/08/2018

I'm transitioning into high school, would this be an appropriate viola to purchase?

SHAR Answer:

Hi Kim, thanks for your question! The Concert Viola is a great choice for beginner to intermediate level players. Determining if this instrument is a good fit for you will depend on you playing ability. Some players who are comfortable with more advanced techniques, like higher positions, articulated bow strokes like spiccato and vibrato may want to consider a slightly higher level viola. Please give us a call at 1-800-248-7427 and we'd be happy to help find the best fit for you.

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  • Anonymous

Asked On: 02/08/2018

Where was this crafted?

SHAR Answer:

This instrument is handcrafted in China exclusively for SHAR , and then goes through a rigorous inspection/set-up process in our Ann Arbor workshop. Please let us know if you have any additional questions. Thanks!

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Question by:

  • Swana Chepaitis
  • Indiana, PA

Asked On: 08/09/2016

Can I upgrade the bow and case for this outfit?

SHAR Answer:

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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Asked On: 08/02/2016

What is the minimum that I should look for in a beginner’s violin or viola?

SHAR Answer:

When you buy a beginner's violin or viola, it's a good idea to be aware of its materials, set-up and durability. You'll want the instrument to be made from a solid spruce top and to have maple wood used for its back, neck, and sides. It ought to have real ebony fittings, for durability, and it's ideal to have pegs and fine tuners that are easy to turn and don’t slip. Most importantly, you'll want your violin or viola to meet the proper measurements/specifications and set-up, just like all of the instruments we carry here at SHAR! If the instrument has the proper specifications and set-up, then you will be equipped to succeed at learning the violin or viola. That will help minimize frustration and maximize the enjoyment of learning.

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