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Old 12-17-2005, 11:15 AM
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I got a really good deal on a Juseck Viola, but found that
afterwards I had enough time to be good on the bass but
not enough time to be good on both bass and viola. My
wife (who died just a year ago) took up the viola after
15 years on the violin. She did a fine job of it. too.

I miss her with an ache that just does not go away.

Here is a poem on this most wonderful of instruments.
(uhhh AFTER the BASS, of COURSE!)

Eat out thy heart, O Cello proud,
and violin go don thy shroud.
Pray Saint Cecilia’s mercy mild,
forgive thy up and down bows wild.
For she in sacred restitution,
blessed VIOLA’S contribution,
Paying IT the compliment
of genius’ favoured instrument.

Ralph Aldrich

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David...
I am sorry to hear of your wifes passing... my condolences to you and your family...

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Old 12-18-2005, 01:34 AM
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Tell me about the Juseck Viola.
Have a Gliga Vasile 2001.
I have a small pic of it in my profile.
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Old 12-18-2005, 03:02 AM
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Tell me about the Juseck Viola.
Have a Gliga Vasile 2001.
I have a small pic of it in my profile.


What size viola do you play on? Just curious about that. I've trying to talk my mother into playing viola (she used to play violin and like the sound of the viola). Is it just a matter of getting the biggest one you can handle properly or is there more to it than that?
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Old 12-18-2005, 03:03 AM
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Tell me about the Juseck Viola.
Have a Gliga Vasile 2001.
I have a small pic of it in my profile.


Aout my viola: My wife, Judy, played it. It is a 16 inch instrument, a very good student instrument.

I wanted a viola, and remembered that a local chorus teacher played viola when she was a student, while I was taking bass lessons, circa 1973. I called her. She said her viola had been in the closet for 25 years and she had not looked at it. She only wanted $150 for the viola, the hard case, and the bow.

I tried to tell her that the case alone was worth twice that, and I tried to give her more, but she would have none of it. I paid her and sent it to my favorite luthier who went through it carefully. It has a wonderful sound. And that doubled in volume and quality when Judy put the Corelli Tungsten strings on it. I know I said Crystal but I believe now it was Tungsten over synthethic.

I don't have pictures of it, yet, but I'll post them when I manage to figure out Judy's digital camera.

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Old 12-18-2005, 06:28 PM
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What size viola do you play on? Just curious about that. I've trying to talk my mother into playing viola (she used to play violin and like the sound of the viola). Is it just a matter of getting the biggest one you can handle properly or is there more to it than that?

I started playing the Violin when I was 8 (1963). I stopped playing after my Freshman year in High School because there was nothing for strings in High School.



I picked it up again my Sophomore year in college (1974) which involved a few quarters of private lessons and school orchestra.



In 1984 I decided to join my church orchestra but this time I wanted to switch to Viola.

I found a 15.25” factory Roth at a store in Seattle for $250 (closeout).

I spent about a year playing some wedding gigs with a group from my church.



In 1991 I stared playing with the local Symphony as well as at church.

I played with them for 12 years. The symphony was and is quite ambitious which made them quite greedy of my time. I am not (nor will I ever) be a professional musician.



After 20 years with the little Roth Viola I decided to upgrade.

I found Gliga Violas for sale on ebay which looked wonderful and were reasonably priced. Upon inquiry I learned that theses violas could be tried out in a shop in Pasadena. I would never buy a viola without playing it first.

I went in looking for the Gliga Maestro Viola in the 16” to 16.5” range.

After playing all that they had my wife suggested that I try the 17”.



What a difference! I love the sound and the feel. It is set up with Zyex heavy strings. I have always used Dominants. I have owned the Gliga for a year now and I have had lots of complements on how nice it sounds (from violinists no less).

I think I will stick with the Zyex but I might try a Jargar A string.
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Mr. Ferrari,

If you are located in Socal you may have heard of the Violin shop that I reffered to.
http://www.violinslover.com/
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I started playing the Violin when I was 8 (1963). I stopped playing after my Freshman year in High School because there was nothing for strings in High School.

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I think I will stick with the Zyex but I might try a Jargar A string.



Thanks for that, for some reason I thought 16" was the max. viola size. I've been through several instruments, but find that I really only have time to focus on one. Private lessons have made a huge difference as far as both learning proper technique and also being motivated. Also, my teacher is very good about letting me sort of pick and choose what I like to play.

I think at some point I might try out heavy strings just to hear the difference.

The violin that I bought was really more than what I needed as a pure beginner. However, when I went to the shop, they really took time with me and played a LOT of their instruments. They didn't push me for a more expensive violin, but I just gravitated toward the sound of that model. In fact, even within that model line, there was one particular violin that sounded better to me. I don't know how I could buy one site unseen (and unplayed).
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The 2 reasons that chose a 17" viola:
I'm big enough to play it.
Bigger violas tend to have the best sound.

A few years ago a tried a 15.5" Heinrich Roth.
It had a delightful sound.
$5000 price tag
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"I don't know how I could buy one site unseen (and unplayed)."

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I asked a Symphony associate about buying an instrument online.
She responded, "would you get a wife online?"
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