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Nicholas Gand Viola Outfit

$1,609.78

$1,867.97

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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.

Product Highlights

  • Highest-rated stringed instruments on Amazon and #1 rated customer service in the U.S.
  • All violas backed by a lifetime warranty and 45-day money-back guarantee.
  • Final assembly and set-up performed by Kennedy’s professional luthiers in Washington State, not overseas.
  • Complete outfit with case, Giuliani Brazilwood Viola bow, rosin and high quality steel-core Helicore strings.

Pick Your Size

16 1/2" 16” 15 ½” 15” 14”

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Outfit at a glance

  • Case: Portland Classic Viola Case
  • Bow: Giuliani Brazilwood viola bow
  • Rosin: Kaplan Artcraft rosin
  • Accessories: Rosin, extra strings, cleaning cloth, luggage tag, and instrument care poster
  • Recommended Upgrade: Portland Advanced Case

Nicholas Gand Viola Outfit

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.

Nicholas Gand Viola Outfit in action

Nicholas Gand Viola Outfit Features

Product Features

  • Shipping within two business days. In-shop luthiers offer same-day shipping on select orders.
  • Kennedy Violins' 45-day money-back guarantee.
  • Full coverage by our Lifetime Warranty
  • Availability in 13", 14", 15", 15.5", 16", and 16.5" sizes
  • Free professional setup by Kennedy Violins' experienced luthier staff
  • Solid-carved, high-grade maple back and spruce top
  • Hand-rubbed oil finish and beautiful shade of varnish
  • 100% ebony chinrest, pegs, fingerboard, and tailpiece
  • Inlaid ebony purfling
  • Four fine tuners for ease of tuning

Included Accessories

  • Each Nicholas Gand Viola is part of a complete outfit providing everything you need to start playing the moment you receive your viola.
  • Giuliani Brazilwood Viola bow with genuine horsehair and ebony frog
  • Kaplan Artcraft rosin.
  • A sturdy, full-suspension case with black canvas exterior and velveteen lining that is both amazingly lightweight and extremely protective.
  • Luggage tag
  • Extra strings
  • Cleaning cloth

Case Features

  • Interior color options of Emerald Green, Royal Blue, and Burgundy Red
  • Four bow holders 
  • Compartments for shoulder rest, rosin, extra strings, mutes, and other accessories
  • Compartment covers with brushed faux brass hardware and elastic spring-shut feature
  • Large exterior pocket with double YKK zippers for sheet music and folders
  • Protective weather flap with snaps to cover exterior YKK zippers and case latch
  • Protective blanket with velour on top, smooth polyester beneath, and double-stitched binding
  • Smooth, shaped handle on hinges for comfortable carrying
  • Metal "subway" bumpers for standing case on bottom or side
  • Lightweight design for comfortable transportation

Bow Features

  • Strong octagonal bow shaft of genuine Brazilwood
  • Genuine Mongolian horse hair
  • Half-mounted 100% ebony frog for great balance and durability
  • Mother of pearl inlay on frog
  • Silver winding Abalone bow slide
  • Precisely weighed for excellent balance and responsiveness
  • Black leather grip
  • Covered by Kennedy Violins’ Limited Lifetime Warranty