At Gainesville Violins, there is an instrument for everyone! From entry level student violas to professional workhorses. Every instrument is expertly setup and adjusted to help you bring out everything it can offer.
Our selection includes handmade moderns and century old antiques with a story all their own. Every instrument we sell carries a lifetime warranty to be free from defect, and that travels with the violin regardless of owner.
Instruments shown below are just a sample of our larger collection.
Since finding the right viola is such a monumental and personal choice, feel free to spend the day finding the perfect instrument for your needs.
16.5" Krystian Schaf
This is a beautiful 16.5" Maggini copy, Krystian Schaf model. Double purfling, larsen strings, and the biggest sound this side of 18". Ribbon maple back.
16" William Primrose
The William Primrose is our rental viola model line. This 16" viola is $1150 for the outfit.
16" Paolo Rossi
This Paolo Rossi, from the Rossi line, is 16" and $3500. As indicative of this line, some of the most stunning wood is used for a visually and tonally beautiful instrument. In this case, the back-ribs-scroll are made of quilted maple.
15" Antique German
This is a late 1800's German Strad copy, 15". Two piece back, Obligato strings, and a beveled fingerboard. A wonderfully complex tone due to the advanced age of this beauty.
15.5" Hans Otto 401
This is a Hans Otto 401 and is 15.5". Dominant strings and a lovely one piece back.
15" Johann Padewet
Antique Johann Padewet, late 1800's, 15". This instrument has a stunning Italian style build in varnish type, wood selection, design, and craftsmanship. Evah Pirazzi strings.
15" Euginio Fabrizio
Customized by Jan Van Rooyen, this viola is both stunning visually and tonally, with a huge punch and sound befitting a much larger instrument. It has been very carefully designed and set up, now fitted with a French made Aubert Luxe bridge and Vision Titanium Solo strings.
Le Tzigane 16.5"
A lovely blond student viola with a big sound and extra weight reduction. Great for the player on a budget. Features Helicore strings with a Spirocore C anda beautiful one piece back with off vertical grain.
Helmut Dresdner 17"
The largest viola in our collection is not for the faint of heart. The antiquing and F hole cuts are aggressive and create a magnificent sound. The two piece back has lovely flamed maple with a ripple effect. Setup with Spirocore strings.
Hans Otto 401 15.5"
This viola has some wonderful choice spruce on the top with a great deal of texture. Nicely antiqued overall with very sharp edges and corners, highly precise. Evah Pirazzi strings with a Larsen D.
Lionel Tertis 15"
This viola is a special model with extra tall ribs and extremely long F holes, allowing for a much bigger sound in a smaller instrument. A one piece back with elegant ebony pins. Vision strings with a Larsen A
Salvador Dali 13 1/4"
The Salvador Dali is a rather unique viola with a radically different body design allowing for a bigger internal volume giving the player a sound comparable to 14" or larger. Further, by cutting away the body on the treble side the player will have an easier time playing in higher positions.