Players and teachers recognize the Eastman Model 305 as an instrument with a strong tonal and visual personality. These are the qualities that make it one of our most popular instruments. The Eastman Model 305 Viola is hand-crafted entirely from solid tonewoods; the top is select spruce and the ribs, scroll, and neck are of maple specie. The backs are made of a select Canadian poplar, creating a lightweight instrument with a powerful sound. An antique-style spirit varnish is hand-applied, and the instrument is fitted with boxwood pegs, tailpiece, and chinrest with ebony trim. Each Model 305 viola is fitted with a French Aubert or Despiau maple bridge and Helicore strings.
Available in sizes 12 to 17 inches, with Tertis models and poplar backs being available from 15 to 17 inches.