Jacob Stainer tenor viola c. 1650 poster

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The only remaining tenor viola made by the Tyrolean maker Jacob Stainer reveals the maker’s painstaking attention to detail and offers tantalising clues about Italian influence on his style. It is in superb condition: the scroll is a replacement but the rest of the instrument – including, remarkably, the neck and fingerboard – are believed to be original. The label, which is a facsimile, states that it was made in 1650. Includes measurements

‘The viola’s most striking feature is its size. The body stretches more than 18 arm-aching inches. The neck is relatively short, however. In the 18th century, many tenor violas were cut down to more manageable sizes, though a few were left large. Three of the best examples are the 1690 Antonio Stradivari ‘Medici’, the 1574 Andrea Amati, and this Jacob Stainer’ – Darren Freeman in the March 2010 issue

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Weight 0.1 kg
Dimensions 84 x 68 cm
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