AMERICA'S EARLIEST VIOLA: Here's an instrument that I discovered and sold back in 2006 - an innocuous viola from the middle of the eighteenth-century with slightly the wrong wood and slightly the wrong varnish. It was labelled for Robert Horne, New York, 1757, a known maker who appears in adverts of the time as 'from London'. Sold to a museum, and by a long straw the earliest American-made stringed instrument in existence. Things like this give me a bit of a kick!
1757 American (New York) Viola at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York - According to the curators, this piece bears the distinction of being "the oldest extant American violin family instrument." LOOK HOW GORGEOUS IT IS I'm so done ugh
The viola, and stringed instruments in general for that matter, are special to me. Not only did I obtain a better understanding of music by reading sheet music, but my ability to refer to information I've learned before also improved.
Recital With The Stradivarius Archinto Viola, One Of The Rarest Musical Instruments In The World