I'm currently searching for a viola, with a budget of up to £2000.
The largest instruments that I have tried so far were both 16.5", and having played these, I felt that I could comfortably cope with a larger instrument (I am tall, with proportionally long arms, and even larger hands).
I'm therefore interested in trying some 17" and 17.5" models to see what they feel and sound like. I'm keeping a watch on the local second-hand market in case any interesting instruments turn up, but these sizes seem to be relatively rare!
However, I'm open-minded about purchasing a new instrument, if the sound and quality is right, but have found that many of the Chinese instruments aren't produced in that kind of size (as an example the largest Jay Haide viola appear to be 16 7/8).
So - does anyone have any recommendations for new instruments within my price range that are available in those sizes?
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