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The beautiful Franke Henner Viola Outfit is one of our most desirable models for intermediate to advanced players. Its superior finish and gorgeous sound give this instrument great appeal at an unbeatable price, especially for such superb quality. Available in 14", 15", 15 1/2", 16", and 16 1/2" sizes, the Franke Henner Viola is a perfect fit for violists looking for an instrument with a warm, complex tone that projects with with a strong sound. Both the acoustics and the attractiveness of this fine instrument make it great for performance at home, in rehearsal, and on the stage.
We're often asked what makes one stringed instrument cost more than another, and it always comes down to the quality or grade of woods, fittings, and finish on each instrument. The Franke Henner Viola is made with far superior materials than beginner and student models. The big sound, excellent playability, comfortable string height for the left hand, and other characteristics contribute to the superiority of these instruments.
The Franke Henner Violas are constructed with select aged tonewoods. The solid-carved, tight-grain spruce top is carved with great detail and attention to the thickness and measurement of the plates. The maple back is made with beautiful, tiger-striped flaming accentuated by a warm varnish. The perfectly-polished, traditional oil finish increases its attractiveness, which — when combined with the amount of flame on the back of the instrument — increases its value and worth over time.
To complement the fine construction and design of the instrument, the Franke Henner Viola is fitted with a custom, hand-carved French Aubert or Despiau maple bridge. The professional-grade composite tailpiece is made with built-in fine tuners with smooth-turning screws for ease of tuning. An ebony tailpiece with independent fine tuners can be installed in place of the composite tailpiece upon request at no extra cost. In addition to its quality fittings, the Henner outfit also includes a Giuliani Brazilwood Bow with real horsehair, steel-core D'Addario Prelude Strings, Artcraft Rosin, and a protective full-suspension case with plenty of storage.