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The Nicholas Gand Viola Outfit is perfect for advanced viola students aspiring towards a future in music and those who need an instrument that will carry them through high school or college. Built with the finest woods, the Gand is truly a beautiful instrument with a sound described by our professional viola testers as sweet, strong projective and dark. It is a perfect fit for violists looking for a warm, intricate tone with excellent projection. Both the acoustics and the attractiveness of this fine instrument make it perfect for performance at home, in rehearsal, and on the stage. It is available in 16" and 16-1/2" sizes.
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 Nicholas Gand Viola is made with far more 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 an instrument that will increase in value and worth over time.
The Nicholas Gand Viola is constructed with aged tone-woods that are highly select. 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 flame accentuated by a warm varnish. The perfectly polished oil-based finish increases its attractiveness, especially when combined with the amount of flame on the back of the instrument.
To complement the fine construction and design of the instrument, the Nicholas Gand Viola is fit 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 Gand outfit also includes an upgraded Giuliani Brazilwood Bow with real horsehair, steel-core D'Addario Helicore Strings, professional Hill Dark Rosin, and a protective full-suspension case with plenty of storage.