Alban Hoyer, 16” Viola, German 1933
This is a fine older German viola made for the famous Philadelphia firm, William Moenning & Son Violin in 1933.
The Label reads:
WM MOENNING & SON
by Alban Hoyer, 1933
This viola is something special. It has a Vuillaume French look in its arching, wood choice and viola rib height but is truly a German instrument with detailed workmanship that is exacting (detailed) and artistic. The instrument is in very good condition. The only flaw can be seen on the right (f) hole, a repaired wing split. The viola contains no pins and it has a gorgeous one-piece maple back plate. The woods used are choice, from the neck, scroll, ribs to the fine grain spruce top plate that contains grain that is straight and broadens towards the edges. The varnish lacks depth and clarity but is consistent for the period, antiqued looking it is an orange-brown-leaning towards the browns all on a yellow ground.
This refined instrument has much sustain in its sound. The tone is smooth, warm, and rich. These are excellent tonal qualities that a viola should have. The sound jumps off the strings! A player will surely love the low register. The instrument is definitely satisfying and ideal for the serious player.