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Violas for Intermediate Players

As students progress through the viola grades, they hone and develop a new musical awareness and perception.  As this happens, they will probably discover the limitations of their first instrument.  A beginner's instrument does not claim to be a 'forever' instrument; it just allows you to start learning music without costing too much.

Often students advancing to Viola Grade 5, Viola Grade 6, Viola Grade 7 and Viola Grade 8 will be ready to change.  When the time comes to look for a better instrument, it is wise to make your choice from as wide a selection of instruments as possible, enabling you to test one instrument against another. This will greatly assist you in matching the instrument’s character with your tonal requirements.

We may be able to part exchange your first instrument, so do bring it in!  Also bring along some of your music, preferably not too difficult, to enable you to concentrate on the instruments rather than on the music.

We upgrade our violas to a standard that results in violas that are often superior to other brands such as Eastman Strings, Concertante, Young Master, Veracini, Preciso, Melodioso, Nobile, Elysia, Arcadia and Franz Sandner. Please read our Setting up for success article.


Part Exchange

Please do not forget that we will take your first instrument in part-exchange (if you have bought it from us and it is in good condition), so do bring it along!  If your first instrument was purchased somewhere else, we will try to help you by part-exchanging it, but cannot promise to do so, as it depends on the make and condition.


Antique Violas & Violas By Modern Makers

The instruments featured on our website are only a small portion of our stock.  We also stock many antique violas from £1000 suitable for violists at intermediate level, as well as violas from modern makers.  Please contact us on 02920 227761 for information about the violas currently in stock.


If you would like a second-hand viola, please call us on 029 20 22 77 61.