Description: Viola - Gottfried Raabs 16 1/2" handcrafted viola
This superb viola was purchased at the Lisle Violin Shop in Houston, Texas, in 1991. I played it while attending Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. Unfortunately, due to an injury, I can no longer play the viola. I have held on to the instrument for the past 12 years for sentimental reasons, but it is now time to let it go to someone who can make it sing again.
This is what the Lisle Violin Shop has to say about Gottfried Raabs handcrafted violas:
"A long time favorite in our shop for advanced players, these viola are made by the Raabs family - Gottfried and his daughter Doris - in their Bubenreuth, Germany shop. Using seasoned European woods, Raabs instruments are distinct from other German products in top and back graduation and varnishing. The result is an especially silky, well projected tone, unique to this maker."
Incidentally, the Lisle Violin shop sells Raabs viola alone (without a case or bow) for $3,500.
The viola is in fantastic condition. The soundpost is intact. I would recommend a new set of your preferred strings before you play (always a good idea when purchasing an instrument). The viola comes with a hard case (Bobelock style with a burgundy velvet interior) and a bow marked W. Siefert, made in West Germany. The bow is not the bow I played, and I don't know much about it. It may need to be re-haired, and the silver wrap is tarnished (nothing a bit of polish can't handle). Again, I don't know much about the bow and it may be in great playing condition.
If you have any questions about this viola, bow, or case, please ask and I'll do my best to answer.