John Barrett, 15 ½" cut down viola, London, c.1719

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John Barrett, 15 ½" cut down viola, London, c.1719

A rare example of the early London school, of which John Barrett was a significant figure. Currently with a modern set up, this viola belongs in the baroque era and could easily be restrung for early music performance.



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Originally based on a Stainer model, the viola must have been considered too large and was later cut down to a very comfortable 15 ½”. The subsequent squarish outline and variegated varnish are all forgiven when one hears the sound of this near 300 year old instrument.

It has great resonance and a peculiarly beautiful quality of sound. It’s well balanced, has a clear response of overtones and is very pleasant under the ear. It has a surprisingly big sound for a comfortably sized viola.

For those seeking both quality and quantity, this ticks all the boxes!

Please contact us for more details, quoting number 134.