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Best Viola Strings & Combinations 2018

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Strings are one of the most important parts of the viola as they, when combined with a bow, ultimately produce the beautiful tones that violas are known for so it is therefore it is vital for you to pick the best viola strings. Given the wide variety

Best Electric Violas 2018

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Buying an electric viola is a great life decision. Electric violas are stylish, "cool," and downright fun to play. Since electric violas are harder to find at local music shops and usually must be purchased online, we have consolidated a list below of the best electric violas.

How to Get Musical Instrument Insurance for Your Viola

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Buying a viola can be a fun experience, no matter if it's your first or tenth viola. However, losing your wonderful sounding viola due to theft or damage can be detrimental. Not only can it cost thousands of dollars to replace or repair, but you'll lose valuable

Why do you need viola rosin?

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If you're a new viola player, you may have looked at that funny amber colored stuff that comes in your viola case and wondered what exactly it is. That stuff is viola rosin. What is rosin you might ask? It is the sticky stuff that allows your viola

Best Viola Strings Review 2017

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It's a New Year so we have a new ranking of the best viola strings! Our rankings have changed slightly from last year due to additional testing we did. In particular, our number one viola string recommendation changed this year to Pirastro Evah Pirazzi Gold. Strings are one

D Z Strad Viola Model 101 Review

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The D Z Strad Viola Model 101 is the ideal viola for the intermediate viola player. This viola is most popular amongst teachers, students, and expert musicians. The D Z Strad brand has won our rating as the best intermediate viola brand in both our 2017 best

Cecilio CVA-500 Viola Review

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Are you looking for a student viola? Look no further than the Cecilio CVA-500 - a teacher approved viola. The viola is even suitable for the intermediate player. Cecilio is an old time favorite when it comes to making violins and violas as they produce quality instruments

Violists Really Are the Smartest

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  No joke. This kid, Kwasi Enin, got into all eight Ivy League schools (that's Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, Yale...wow!) along with several other universities. Not only does he have an impressive academic track record (2250 on his SATs and 11 Advanced Placement courses), but

Why I Chose Viola

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I often get asked why I chose the viola and the answer is very simple: my elementary school strings teacher played the Star Wars theme on the viola when I was in fourth grade. Even the Jaws theme on the cello was not enough to win me

Should I Rent or Buy a Viola?

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With rental season starting soon, you may be wondering whether you should buy a new viola or rent one. The answer is not simple and usually requires weighing not only the upfront monetary cost, but whether the student will continue playing for years to come or stop three months