Looking over a beautiful Amati – The ex-Primrose

It is always a pleasure to look over this beautiful viola now played by Roberto Diaz. He is so sensitive to small openings and minor changes in the sound that you really need to search very intensely for tiny openings or any thing else that could use attention. This viola was at Moennig’s for many years before Roberto acquired it so it was something that you could really study and get to know. It is a fascinating example of the Brothers Amati which(like most older violas) has been cut down to fit more modern playing ideas. To hear Roberto play it and to adjust the soundpost with is quite an experience – both player and instrument are about as highly evolved as one could hope for – the combination of the two in a small space is transporting