How is Gliga Gama Viola?
I would like to know on the general tone quality of the viola.
Are its projections ok? Some people say they have no problem with good projection but some people say the opposite.
Just wanting to know some qualities about gama Viola I suppose!
I am planning to take the viola to luthier for possible required adjustments that needs to be made.
Anyone have any tips? Thanks!
Count on up to $200 to get it in playing condition from the luthier, even more if he's a high priced luthier. Its probably cheaper to buy an already set up viola from a good luthier.
They're some of the better factory/workshop instruments. The Gamma are probably the best of the lot for value:price. Each instrument varies though, so you won't know for sure until it's in your hands or you go and try a bunch.
If some are quieter and some are not, why do you think the case is?
They have to be built to a certain quality standard, but other than that some are better and some are worse. They're not built all by the same person, and so all the parts are very slightly mismatched. With a bench made instrument the luither would calibrate each part to work together as best they can. In a workshop it's more important to make all the pieces to the set quality standard, and then they're just assembled. They might work well together and you get one of the better ones, or they might all work against each other and you get a less than great one.
The better factory/workshop instruments would be something like EH Roth, Heberlein, even higher grade Lowendall, definitely not Gliga, I think most people would agree they're strictly beginner/student level, and priced as such.
Why don't you try a variety of affordable violas and pick your fave? I personally find Gligas to be overly dark with little complexity, but I'm sure the nicer ones will have more complexity. Plus, this is my very own personal opinion.
You can get a nice change in volume and response with sound post and bridge adjustments, but if you don't like what it sounds like before the adjustments you probably won't like what it sounds like after.
True true haha.
Then don't BS about it being one of the "better" factory models, try "cheaper" factory models, in more ways than one.
I never BSed at all lol
LOL you're not the one that called Gliga a better quality factory/workshop violin
I would absolutely love to have older instrument in the future.
At my store you would generally get a better sound quality for a similar price, so if the sound quality was similar, the older violin would be cheaper.
The quality of Gliga instruments has varied over the years. Before the Rumanian ouster of its dictator, shops (actually, all things) were pretty much government controlled. Vasily Gliga was in charge of his shop and had workers who were loyal (and, because of the dictatorial regime, they were all long-time, experienced, well-trained employees. Where else could they go without government approval?). Once the revolution happened, many of workers who had been trained by Vasily Gliga left his shop to start their own violin factories. This meant he had to train new apprentices, and often, once trained, these new employees would also leave to start their own shops. This meant that the quality of instruments from his shop dropped a bit, and there was more inconsistency between instruments of the same class (Gamma to Gamma, Maestro to Maestro, etc.). Even within the same model there were different thicknesses of tops, different thicknesses of the bridges, resulting in completely different response and sound.
There's also a small Gliga shop up here in North Vancouver, B.C. I tried many instruments there and picked the violin and viola that I'm currently playing.
If violins are of any relevance, I have a Gliga Gama violin, and I love its dark and thick soupy sound. It's great in terms of value for money.
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