Violas

We source our range of violas from makers and manufacturers all over the world. All instruments are thoroughly checked against high-quality standards. Every instrument is then professionally setup by a trained luthier in our workshop. We have a huge range of beginner violas for all budgets. Whether you are purchasing your first viola or looking to upgrade to a more advanced viola, we will have something to suit you.

Crafted and Tested by the Best
We adjust, test and inspect every instrument we sell.

Begin your musical journey the right way with our expertly set up instruments.

Our makers inspect, adjust and trial every handcrafted instrument we sell, for easy playability and performance. Emphasising clarity, responsiveness and a balanced, well-rounded tone, our instruments are hand-crafted to last and sound spectacular.

Don’t fight an uphill battle with an instrument that just doesn’t feel right and won’t keep in tune.

From the bridge to the endpin, every element is handcrafted and examined. Each of our instruments is a vehicle to unleash your capacity for self-expression. Put yourself in the driver’s seat.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where are your instruments made, and are they ready to play?

Simply for Strings sells its own specialised brand of instruments as well as a selection from well-known makers around the globe. All of our instruments are fully hand carved and are crafted in Chinese and European workshops. Every instrument is beautifully hand-made using high-quality tone woods to ensure the best result for the player. Every instrument undergoes a professional setup by our team of professional luthiers to ensure excellent tone, projection, and easy playability. The entire Simply for Strings team is dedicated to playing each and every instrument post setup to find one that suits your needs.

What is the best size viola for an adult?

Violas are available from 11” and go all the way up to 17”, or even bigger! 

Most violists usually play a 15.5” or 16” generally, but if you have a longer arm span and a sturdy frame you can extend to even larger instruments. There is debate around which viola size is best for adults, but in the end, it simply comes down to the preferences of each individual. 
We highly recommend a visit to the store or an online video appointment so we can assist in finding the right size viola for you. 

What is the different between a violin and a viola?

A full-size violin is about 36 cm (14 inches), but a full-size viola is normally somewhere between 39 and 41 cm (15.5-16.5 inches). 
Violinists usually read their music from the treble clef, while violists, generally speaking, have to learn the slightly less familiar alto clef. 
The pitch is lower than that of a violin by a 5th. As well as being slightly thicker, the viola string order from lowest to highest is C, G, D, A. Violin strings, on the other hand, go from G, D, A to E.

Do I have to buy a small viola (11"- 14") or can I just have you re-string a violin?

We recommend purchasing a real viola where possible as the shape and tone of the viola is slightly different to the violin. 
However, we understand that a violin re-strung as a viola (removing the E string and adding the C string) can leave you with options in the future to play either as a violin or a viola. 

Do you ensure the sound post and bridge are correctly fitted to each viola?

Most certainly. This is one of the most crucial parts of our expert set up on every instrument we sell. Every violin has had its sound post and bridge hand-carved by our team of luthiers (violin makers). When buying any string instrument we advise only purchasing one that has been expertly set up. This ensures correct string heights and spacings as well as the instrument sounding and playing its best. 

Do your violas come with a warranty?

Yes! Our warranty is 12 months from date of purchase and covers the instrument for manufacturing defect. We also offer FREE 3-month servicing on all our instruments to ensure your musical partner is performing its best

Will my viola arrive ready to play?

Yes. All of our violins are professionally set up and tested by our violin makers and players. We test, tune and inspect every violin before it is carefully packed and shipped to you. Of course, you can also visit us in-store to buy a violin as all of our instruments are set up, available and ready to take home. 

Does my viola come with a case and a bow?

All Simply for Strings 'Outfits' include a case and a bow. We recommend purchasing your own Shoulder Rest and Rosin as these are essential for the learner. 
Some of our more advanced instruments are sold as 'instrument only' as most players at this level have their own case and bow or will purchase these separately to give them the choice

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