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Rare small English Viola by William Tarr dated 1845

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Rare small English Viola by William Tarr dated 1845. Branded "W Tarr" below button on back and inside centre of the back. Only 15"/380mm. Very easy to play.

Two previous repair labels, "J Shaw, Manchester 1891" and "Bryan Skilhorn 1965".

It has a fairly wide-grain front with a two-piece medium flamed maple back with matching ribs.

Varnish of a brown colour over a amber base - mostly original.

Some restorations.

Newly set-up with a professionally cut bridge and Dominant Pro strings.

Would suit a professional player and/or discerning amateur looking for a small viola with all the power of a larger model.

William Tarr was born in Manchester 1809, died 1891. He was a celebrated English double-bass player and maker and began making basses in 1829. With the help of his sons he produced a number of high quality concert basses which are highly sought-after today. Just a few of his violas remain.


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