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- Baroque Viola: 15 1/4″ Sebastian Dallinger, Vienna 1776 – DVA265 (price $14,500)
Sebastian Dalinger was a central figure in the Viennese musical community during his lifetime (b.1735, d.1809), producing many fine instruments in the style of Jacobus Stainer. His work was refined and masterfully crafted. This viola with its original label and all original parts was beautifully restored by Andrew Dipper and projects with refinement, depth and power. The sound is very broad on the C and G strings, and sweet in the upper range. Whether the musician is an experienced baroque performer seeking to project their sound, or someone just coming into the specialty who wants to explore the range of sound early instruments can offer, this is an excellent viola.
- 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.