Viola 41,5cm - Linea Macchi, Cremona 2018
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This 41,5 cm viola is the perfect size for everyone. Big to create a great big sound and still small enough to be considered easy to handle. If I remember correct there has been long time ago an article in the Strad magazine written by René Morell where he explained that the 41,5 viola is actually the best size for a viola. And it is just like that.
in order to get the best out of a viola I like to use a slap cut maple wood for the back. Ribs and neck are out of regular flamed maple and the top is made out of Italian spruce from the Val di Fiemme.
A great instrument made in my workshop in Cremona.
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.