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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!

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!

Tenor viola by Andrea Guarneri, Cremona, 1664 One of only three Cremonese instruments known to have survived in original condition

The National Music Museum in Vermillion, South Dakota. Collections feature over instruments.

Niccolò Paganini - Wikipedia

Niccolò Paganini -Il Cannone Guarnerius on exhibit at the Palazzo Doria-Tursi (it) in Genoa, Italy

Viola by Andrea Amati, Cremona, ca. 1560. Gilt paintings of fleurs-de-lis & trefoils on  back, surrounding monogram believed to be  of Marguerite de Valois-Angoulême. The Latin motto may relate to the court of King Philip II of Spain. Instrument was reduced in length & width from original size

Viola by Andrea Amati, Cremona, ca. Gilt paintings of fleurs-de-lis &…

Unusually Shaped Violin by Contemporary American Maker. This and more rare musical instruments on CuratorsEye.com

Unusually Shaped Violin by Contemporary American Maker.

Here are some of our instruments on the left side of the music room.

Various wooden instruments with strings in the lute and viola violin famly

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."

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

String Quartet, capable of making such beautiful music!

The Axelrod Stradivarius Quartet: the “Ole Bull violin” the “Greffuhle violin” the “Antonio Stradivari viola” and the “Maryleborn violincello”

Mozart's viola!

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.

A Stradivarius viola, one of the most rare instruments in the world.

Recital With The Stradivarius Archinto Viola, One Of The Rarest Musical Instruments In The World

Philip Dukes holds a rare 'Archinto' Stradivarius Viola at The Royal Academy of…

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