A 15.5 inch viola, appears to have been made in Schonbach.  Has a nice shaded amber-brown varnish.  It has a warm, resonant, sweeping tone.  Set up with D’Addario Helicore strings.

15.5 inch viola, mid-level student grade instrument. It has a rich, baritone sound that is well maintained all the way up the fingerboard.  It is very responsive to the bow.  A repair has been made to the upper-right top. Set up with Thomastik Dominant strings.

A violin with an amazingly beautiful sound that fills the room.  It was likely made in Prague, Bohemia (now Czech Republic) very early in the 19th century.  Its varnish is that deep dark plum color and features a one-piece back.

Excellent violin by Ernst Reinhold Schmidt from his shop in Markneukirchen, Germany, ca. 1925,  This violin projects well with a bold warm tone, and plays well up and down the fingerboard in all positions.

A violin with a very refined, sweeping sound that is surprisingly powerful.  The finish is a deep shaded amber-brown.  It appears to have been made in Graslitz, Bohemia (present-day Czech Republic) at the turn of the 20th century.


Fine modern Italian violin made by a student of Giuseppe Ornati.  Wonderful “silvery” focused tone that fills the room.  Two professionally completed repairs to the top.

A violin of German origin – likely Klingenthal — made with double purfling in the manner of Giovanni Paolo Maggini.  The deep viola-like quality of the sound is compelling and the patina of the one-piece back is eye-catching.

Modeled after Guarneri ‘del Gesu’ with great clarity and richness of sound…good responsiveness to the bow.


A violin with a beautiful one-piece back and ebony fittings. This violin has great warmth, a wide range of colors and excellent projection.


Highest level student grade instrument.  Beautifully shaded & antiqued deep red red/brown oil varnish.  Very responsive to the bow producing a focused medium-dark sound that resonates in all positions up and down the fingerboard