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Our award-winning Anton Gerard Viola is by far the richest sounding viola in the Kennedy Violins line. It has a deep, powerful voice with a dark complexion. Although most dark violas are characteristically closed in, the Gerard is conversely very open and forward sounding. The chocolatey, bold sound of the Gerard is the perfect viola for blending in or standing out.
As one of our finest instruments, the Anton Gerard Viola is an excellent choice for intermediate and advanced players taking their performance to a higher level. This responsive and precisely set up instrument makes the Gerard very easy to play with a warm and voluminous sound. The Gerard Viola is available in sizes 15", 15-1/2", 16", and 16-1/2" sizes. Contact us for 14" size availability.
The open, responsive sound of the Anton Gerard Viola is a result of time-intensive precision in the final carving of the top and back plates. Made with high-grade, aged spruce and beautifully flamed maple tonewoods, the plates are measured and graduated with measured thicknesses that promote the best sound possible.
Great attention to detail is also paid to the final setup of the Anton Gerard Viola. A certified luthier from the Kennedy Violins staff hand-carves and notches the bridge to accentuate the acoustics of the instrument. Bridge feet are carefully shaped with sharp knives to fully contact and fit the curvature of the viola face. Properly fit bridge feet promote a clear tone and strong projection.
Highest-quality fittings including the tailpiece, pegs, chinrest with gold-toned brackets, and fingerboard are beautifully carved from 100% high-grade ebony. An authentic French Aubert bridge supports professional-grade D’Addario Helicore D, G, and C strings with a Larsen A string that offers a warmer tone for treble playing.