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- Baroque Viola: 16″ Jay Haide, “Maggini”, El Cerrito 2016 – DVA263 (price $3,700)
This viola was crafted in Beijing and varnished at the shop of Jay Ifshin in El Cerrito, California. It was set up for Baroque playing in the workshop of master instrument restorer Andrew Dipper. The transformative process included resetting the neck angle, reconfiguring the fingerboard, and setting up the instrument entirely with uniquely-Baroque fittings. The exquisite bridge was completely hand-carved from scratch and fitted perfectly to the violin. The instrument has a clear, pure sound and speaks with great ease. It is perfect for anybody who is looking for a beautiful Baroque sound in a modern, pristinely-crafted viola.