five string smooth body viola 15" - prospero

The "Prospero" smooth body five string viola

£1250

Half price Violorama soundpost pickup system is available for £120 if purchased to be fitted to this instrument at time of purchase. Pickup full price is £240

sold out - no more until mid 2017

This is one of the custom "Prospero" range of 5 string violas and violins made especially for Violorama.

This is a 15" instrument.

The Prospero body shape creates a powerful direct sound with great projection, and a feeling of solidity. The tone is somewhat dark.

It is striking in appearance as well as tone, with an unusual smooth body shape, and an antiqued brown varnish. Unlike our regular shaped Miranda viola model, which might go undetected in an orchestral string section at first glance, this five string violin is an instrument that will instantly be noticed.

This viola has several unusual features that enhance its function. The smooth body shape allows greater bow angle without bumping the bow hand on the corners, special pegbox and scroll design for light weight and ease of stringing, wide fingerboard and string spacing so the extra string doesn't result in a cramped feel, carefully calculated proportions for balanced and rich tone.

fitted with:

* Knilling perfection geared pegs.

* Light weight wooden tailpiece with dyneema tailcord for lively upper resonance.

* Strings: D'Addario Zyex A D G C / Violorama Gold E/p>

Comes with a rectangular black fabric covered hard foam case.

International (non UK) customers please click here before ordering

Note the exact violin pictured may be sold, if this violin is marked as in stock, it may be another of the same model. Ask me about any differences. Price may vary slightly with any variations in the individual instruments in stock.

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Here are some video clips of a violin of this model: (quicktime plugin required)

the videos are of an earlier one with a blonde finish, but the construction and sound is the same

Video Clip 1 slow tempo

Video Clip 2 medium tempo

Gallery 1 (Latest)

viola spruce top
flamed maple back
violin 5 string scroll
back of scroll
light wooden tailpiece with dyneema cord
light ebony tailpiece with dyneema cord
ebony chinrest
5 string violin bridge
5 string violin body
smooth body shape and simplified f-holes
players eye view
players eye view
flamed maple back
flamed maple back
viola spruce top
flamed maple back

Gallery 2 (Older)

viola spruce top
flamed maple back
viola side view
violin 5 string scroll
back of scroll
light wooden tailpiece with dyneema cord
boxwood chinrest
5 string violin bridge
smooth body shape and simplified f-holes
bridge, f-hole, waist
players eye view