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Magnificent Rare Richard Duke Viola

 

 

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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.