Opinions on this Brescian Viola off of Ebay!
Hello! I am currently searching for a viola that has a deep mellow tone and also a rather unique appearance. This Brescian model viola that I found on Ebay seems to fit my standards, however I am aware of how perilous shopping online for an instrument is. I want your opinions on this sound sample that I requested from the seller. The seller is also a beginner, so take into consideration that this viola unfortunately isn’t being played at it’s full potential :/. Please give me feedback on what you can make out from it! Thank you :)! Here’s the link: https://youtu.be/qDsAkZT3Yf0
Whats the price?? seems OK, if its priced reasonably.
It doesn't show much haha
It is quite simple:
Doesn't look horrible, from what I can see of it.
I would not buy a string instrument from E-bay or Craig-list, or even an on-line auction. You need to take it home for a week and play it.
Dunno about the viola but when the seller fakes bad playing...
Most likely the photo of the viola is distorted, it looks so narrow. Same goes for the sound example.
I mean, from that sample, it sounds horrible, but the guy apparently can't play... It looks okay to me. Maybe ask if he can have someone who can actually play the instrument give it a shot, lol! Tone-wise, despite the player, I think it's fine.
You say you want a viola with a "deep mellow tone". This isn't it.
The viola appears to be a roughly 100 yr old trade viola, quite possibly not Markneukirchen/Schoenbach. If the price is somewhat below $1000 it would probably be reasonable.
So, did you end up buying it??? We need updates! :D
I currently have a brescian style viola and love it. However, I would caution against buying off the internet based on a recording. Although my viola has a wonderful deep dark sound, I think many had passed on it because of its wider upper and lower bouts which can make it difficult to navigate in both lower and higher positions.
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