Making violas is always a great joy for us. There seems to be slightly more room to express ourselves, as the field is not so much dominated by a „perfect“ form (as
the Forma B for cello or the grand Stradivari or Guarneri models are) in a sense of a model that is suitable for a contemporary musician. There is the matter of size (not too big but sounding
like that) and the matter of sound (sounding big, dark, deep and colorful, but still focused with carrying power and a fast, direct response). Stradivari seems not to have experimented as much
with violas as he did with violins and cellos. Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesù did not make a viola at all.
What comes close to a „perfect form“ - at least it is very much in fashion these days - is the contralto form by Andrea Guarneri which produced as famous
instruments as the 1676 „Conte Vitale“ or the 1697 „Primrose“ (which is essentially the work of Giuseppe Guarneri „filius andreae“, the father of „del Gesù“). With 41,3 cm body length it is not
too small, but still manageable for many players. We have added some pictures of a viola we built on this model, inspired by the „Primrose“ and the 1690 „Josefowitz“ with its enormous archings.
This kind of arching still is rooted very deep in the Amati tradition, resulting in a quite silvery yet deep voice.