Zhen jie Zhao 16″ Viola – SOLD 7/31/2019
This is a handmade viola made by Zhenjie Zhao. Zhenjie and Mr. Judd have known each other and worked together since 2010. This 16” model is his own. Zhenjies’ workmanship, detailed carving of the plates, purfling, wood choice, and oil varnish are spot on. The instrument is completed with English boxwood fittings. Zhao’s work has been established in Europe and Asia for two decades and just last year he opened a second location in Chicago. This instrument is finished in a transparent orange/brown oil varnish all on a golden ground. The brush work and tone both shine. The sound is rich and full. A mature sound that will also cause a player to sit up and take notice of the instrument. The tone has a reediness quality I like in a viola. The viola resonates and is as equally charming on the treble end as well as the bass. This instrument is a must to trial if you’re looking for handmade quality.