My latest 15.5-inch viola (39.6 cms.), just finished.
Here some photos of a small 15.5-inch viola, "La Piccina". I just finished, a commission from a teacher of the Manhattan School of Music, my personal model inspired in Andrea Guarneri.
La Piccina's younger sister?
You're working really fast!
This is "La Piccina". I am making just about 4, 5 violas a year.
Beautiful as usual. Hope she'll have a great time in Big Apple!
Thanks Nuuska! I will be in NYC from October 16th to 26th, come to play my violas! I will stay at the Upper West Side, as usual.
Too far for me from Austria, as usual. And not actively looking at this moment. But the day will come...
Well, add me to the admiring herd. Excellent stuff, Luis.
Beautiful. Your maple backs always look gorgeous. What maple do you use?
There are pics of many more viplass made by Mr. Manfio on Maestronet and can be found on his work bench page witb an easy search. If I played viola I would buy one of these beauties.
Jeff, and if you visit him in Sao Paolo to pick up your new instrument, chances are it comes with pasta. Just saying...
Andrew, as I think the "long" string length on a "small" body makes the strings as responsive as on larger instruments, while the combination with the short body and a narrower than average fingerboard makes it more ergonomic to play. But ergonomics is only one piece of the whole, and I guess there is much more voodoo Luis is doing to make it sound good than I might be able to understand.
Thank you all! Andrew Holland, this one has a 372 mm string length, and I think it would work with a 370 mm too.
Beautiful piece. Just stunning back.
... never change a winning team...
Is it Carpathian red maple at least? (chuckle)
Luis, your instrument turned out gorgeous and I suspect sounds equally gorgeous. Any chance that you might be able to share a sound clip with us?
Thank you all. You can listen to some of my violas if you google the name of some of my players such as "Esther Apituley", "Alberto Lepage", "Katya Lazareva". if you send me an email I can send you a list of sound samples. Thanks!
Do Manfio's violas sound as dramatic as his photography looks????
David, that's right - no need to decide from an internet forum. And if you're living in New York City which is full of shops and exhibitions and whatnot, or near Ann Arbor which is full of makers, you've got plenty of choices.
Lyndon, if Immo Schaar from the Grieg Quartett and Gewandhaus Leipzig still plays his Manfio, then there's nothing to complain. (Heard him not too long ago with his quartet in Leipzig. Sure it always depends on the player, and it's difficult to judge if you don't hold the instrument in your own hands. High level players seem to be able to make a good sound out of almost any cigar box, and Mr Schaar unquestionably is some really fine violist...)
I'm sure Manfio's violas are top notch, I just find the photography a bit dramatic.
Yeah, he really knows how to put them in scene! But we have to understand that this is part of his business. When looking for a violin family instrument, most peoples first thought isn't about looking for a Brazilian maker with European prize tags. It's a very conservative business. So he's using the jungle drums and does some mouth watering.
Thank you all! By the way, I will be in NYC with 4 violas, come to try them! I will stay at THE EXCELSIOR HOTEL, directly across the street from the National History Museum. Please contact me if you want to play them.