I will buy a viola, but I don't know where from or how much I will spend - there are cheap options (Stentor, Hidersine), but it might be best to avoid them this time - I loved my Stentor Conservatoire II violin when it was new, but now that I have a better German factory violin (Gewa Maestro), the Stentor is very much sidelined. Eastman are "reassuringly expensive", but watching EBay is a mug's game. Some have the knack for finding bargains there, but I've been stung a few times.
Posted 30 August 2019 - 19:56
Hi Gordon, you're lucky to live in London where there must be some great Viola shops - have you tried any of those?
Posted 31 August 2019 - 08:05
They are all pretty expensive - last time I looked, Bridgewood and Neitzert's violas started at £2,500.
I think I might simply start with a Hidersine Venezia outfit, if I can find a cheap enough supplier.
Drum and keyboard shops sell them cheapish, but I'm not sure if they are competent to sell string instruments. Otoh, my Hidersine electric violin was fine set up at the factory, so a viola might be a safe gamble.
Posted 09 September 2019 - 18:53
If you are a beginner don't go spending a lot. The drop out rate among adult beginners is huge. Liz