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Not often seen, a magnificent small Duke viola, London c1770.
Branded "Duke" below button and "Duke" & "16" lower rib.
It has an original neck/scroll with the neck built-up at root for modern playing.
Original amber/brown varnish is plentiful.
Lovely one-piece maple back with matching ribs.
Excellent condition - minor repairs to front (not soundpost or bass bar). Historic repairs to pegbox.
Quality set-up with fancy pegs (Victorian?), Passione strings and Hills & Son bridge.
LOB: 378mm (under 15")
Ideal for the violinist looking for a small viola without the loss of that wonderful deep viola tone.