Viola 40,5cm - Linea Macchi, Cremona 2015
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40,5cm is a great size for Viola because if you are coming from violin playing you still can handle it easy and if you are a Viola player it is small but still big enough to create a decent sound volume. This specific model has been made by myself inspiring me from the Stradivari "ex Mahler" many years ago. And actually by looking at it now 25 years later I think it has little to do with it's original. But the fact I am still using this mould is because it works great.
Listen here as a Linea Macchi version affordable for everyone who wants a decent handmade Viola made under my supervision.
General information regarding my Linea Macchi:
The belly, back, ribs and head are hand made by expert makers that Master Russ knows personally and appreciates for their skills.
The critical areas of the instrument construction that present greater difficulty are personally worked on by Master Russ in his workshop in the centre of Cremona, in Via Macchi. This ensures that the instrument will have acoustic qualities of the highest levels.
Master Russ establishes the criteria for the correct thicknesses and measurements for the belly, back and the other elements that have a fundamental impact on the instrument sound for every instrument. These include the placement and shaping of the bassbar, the correct positioning of the neck joint in order to ensure a balanced sound across the four strings, and a perfect set-up that guarantees the best sound possible for every individual instrument.
Finally, following antique traditions, the varnish can be either antiqued or in the non-antiqued Cremonese style.
Linea Macchi satisfies the needs of professionals.