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Franz Hoffmann® Etude Viola Outfit - 15 inch

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Franz Hoffmann® Etude Viola Outfit - 15 inch | SA125T 15
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SHAR Price: $319

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Item# SA125T 15

Select Size: 15 inch

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About This Item

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.

Learn more about SHAR's expert instrument set up.

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).



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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Question by:


Asked On: 11/12/2018

what's a tone bar. where are the Hoffmann instruments actually made? I already have a Chinese and a Rumanian viola 15 1/5 inch. how are these better. I don't want a case or a bow.

SHAR Answer:

Hello Bobbie! Our Franz Hoffmann Etude viola is made in our Beijing workshop in China. We have very high standards and quality control for our student instruments in comparison to a lot of others on the market and the Franz Hoffmann line comes very highly recommended from teachers across the country. You can purchase the instrument by itself here.

Regarding the "tone bar", if you are quoting a review on the instrument outfit page, it's possible that they were referring to the bass bar, which is a brace running from the foot of the neck to a position under the bridge, which bears much of the tension of the strings. Bass bar repairs can be quite costly. Since the review was from 2014, I do not have records of the customer's specific issue or how the bass bar became detached. I apologize that I don't have more information on this instance. At this time, we do not have any reports of weakened bass bars being a problem with this instrument model.

I hope that this helps! If you have any further quesitons about this viola or any other products/instruments we carry, please feel free to submit another question or give us a call at 800-248-7427.

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  • Sara Wharry
  • Haslet, TX

Asked On: 06/18/2018

What type of strings do the 13" beginning violas come with?

SHAR Answer:

Hello Sara! This Franz Hoffmann Etude comes with a set of Overture Ultra Viola Strings. Thanks!

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Asked On: 09/05/2017

What strings are on the Franz Hoffman 15" Viola

SHAR Answer:

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

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Asked On: 07/15/2017

Can u pay half his month and half next month?

SHAR Answer:

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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