Introducing the Stentor Student I viola
The Stentor Student I is a beautifully made beginner instrument and is a very popular student viola. Unlike many other student violas on the market, this instrument is hand carved using only solid tonewoods and natural glues to produce the best possible quality of sound for students on a budget.
This is an instrument that offers reliable, consistent performance and good tone, enhancing the learning process for the student. We recommend that this viola would see a beginner through to the middle grades.
Stentor have been the leading manufacturer of student stringed orchestral instruments worldwide for a long time. Founded in 1895, the company have since helped over one million beginners take their first steps into the world of string playing. Their instruments use spruce fronts and maple back, neck and ribs, specifically selected for their tonal qualities. On the Student I, the top is laminated and paired with an ebonised hardwood fingerboard and high quality pau rosa pegs with an adjustable nylon tailgut and Teka pattern wood chin rest. Finally, the body has been coated in a mid-brown varnish for a sleek finish.
Also included is inlaid purfling to the top and bottom of the instrument. Purfling (strips of wood inlaid to the top and bottom plates of the viola) is not only decorative, but also means that a crack in edge of a plate will not spread, or a crack in the front can be glued without removing the plate entirely.
Additional features and services
This viola is supplied as an outfit which comprises a lightweight case with fitted interior, external shoulder rest pocket and music pocket, bow holders, and rosin, as well as backpack carrying straps
All of our violas are subjected to a thorough set-up prior to despatch by our experienced on-site string technician. This process involves making sure the bridge is fitted perfectly, tuning it up, applying rosin to the wood bow and making sure the instrument is playable straight from the case upon arrival.The Stentor Student I is available in a range of sizes from 12" all the way through to 16" and is accessible to any age of player.