Viola I 2016

Maestro Liutaio
Bertrand-Yves Delisle

This Viola 42cm was made upon the shape of the famous Amati brothers viola “Stauffer” made by Gerolamo Amati in 1615 even if its labels still bears as usual  the  name of the two cremonese brothers Antonio (1538- 1607) and Gerolamo (1561-1630). The sound of this particular pattern distinguishes itself by its response ease and a good tone balance over the four strings.

The back is made in two slab-sawn pieces from a local poplar tree. The same wood is used on the ribs and scroll. The top is made in spruce with a plain annual ring pattern. The ff holes have been cut  with a  longer shape respected to the original one to increase the geometrical proportion with the body length and also to enhance the sound projection maintaining a natural tone color. The dimension of the neck (146mm) and the stop (223mm) for a string-length of 372mm give more ease to play the viola even on the more difficult pieces.