A big sound and beautifully finished varnish, with a huge amount of character. Set up by Louise herself with Evah Pirazzi Strings. This is a great viola looking for it's forever home.
The front, Back and neck
Back Length: 16 ⅛ inch Bottom Bout: 25cm Centre Bout: 13cm Top Bout: 19cm
About the Maker
The partnership of Louise and Tony Padday was literally formed at the workbench at the Violin making School at Newark where they met. Since graduating in 1984, they have continually refined the character of their instruments, each subtly different, yet each an integration of design and material. The choice of superior materials is the first essential and the selection of wood for each instrument is governed by the tonal quality needed by the player, and the overall envisaged design.
The Paddays prefer to construct from one-piece backs and the fine Maple and Alpine Spruce are selected for the character of the grain and quality of figure. They make the varnishes themselves, from traditional gums, oils and natural pigments. When choosing the colour, a judgement is made for the particular wood in question and great care is taken not only to protect, but to enhance the maximum resonance of each instrument.
about gasparo Da Salo
GasparoBertolotti 'da Salò' (1540 – 1609) was one of the greatest Brescian makers. His workshop produced many different types of stringed instruments. Although he was a contemporary of Andrea Amati and the Brothers Amati, his methods and materials are quite different from those of the Amatis. Louise has captured this difference brilliantly in this characterful viola.
Stamford Strings Ltd
Company Number 12197895 VAT Number: 396 5120 78 Registered address: 3 St Leonards Street Stamford Lincs PE9 2HU