I am an undergraduate viola major currently in music school, and I have been hunting for a new viola for several months. I have checked out every violin shop in Los Angeles area, and have had much difficulty finding instruments in my size that have a beautiful sound and are less than $40,000. I can play up to a 16 1/4" viola comfortably, or a 16 1/2" viola with a shorter string length.
My teacher has recommended I check out the Chicago area for shops and modern makers, which I will begin doing this Fall. Also, he recommended Tetsuo Matsuda as an example of an excellent modern maker that sells instruments in my price range.
Does anyone have experience shopping for instruments in this range, or experience having instruments shipped from the Chicago-based violin shops? It seems like there's an awful lot of trust involved when asking for an instrument to be shipped to you without much knowledge of how it sounds. Also, any recommendations of modern viola luthiers would be greatly appreciated.
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