The Stentor Conservatoire viola is a hand-carved viola designed for intermediate or advancing students who are looking to progress and develop their sound. Marketed as a ‘step up’ from theStudent II, this viola features flamed maple back and ribs, ebony fittings and is finished in a Shellex varnish, giving the whole instrument an advanced, refined look.
Since 1960, over one million young musicians have now begun their music careers with a Stentor instrument. Stentor have been a household name for orchestral string players since the founding of the company in 1895. They are renowned as the foremost wholesale distributor of acoustic musical instruments in Britain. Thier products are shipped to thirty countries worldwide and receive excellent reviews from teachers and student alike, naming them one of the best student instruments on the market.
The Shellax varnish on this particular instrument gives a much glossier sheen, bringing out the quality of the flamed maple back and ribs. Ebony inlaid purfling prevents the spread of any cracks as well as being an ornate decoration. The tail piece is metal with gold coloured screw integral adjusters and a Teka pattern chin rest is fitted as standard. Finally, this instrument is fitted with a higher grade synthetic gut string. This vastly improves the tonal quality of the instrument.
The Stentor Conservatoire is supplied as an outfit with rosin, and wooden octagonal bow with full mounted ebony frog and white horse hair. The deluxe case is oblong, and therefore has more space for accessories inside and out, with external pocket suitable for carrying A4 sheets of music or manuscript paper. The interior has plush teal lining, two bow holders and a hygrometer to measure the humidity within the case.