Viola, Colin Skofield, 2005


Based on the Stradivari “Archinto” of 1696. This viola model is an early example of the ten or so extant violas from the Cremonese master. The original instrument has been played by Yuri Bashmet and Maxim Vengerov, among others.

My viola measures a comfortable 16 1/4 inches, and uses North American tonewood. It has a focused tone with excellent balance between the upper and lower registers.