16 1/2 ” Ernst Heinrich Roth Stradivarius Model Viola Year 1985 Serial F 216
The instrument is labeled and the label reads:
Ernst Heinrich Roth
This 16 1/2 ” Ernst Heinrich Roth Stradivarius Model viola was made in 1985 in Bubenreuth, Erlangen, Germany. The highly respected Roth family has been making bowed string instruments for eight generations and it continues even today. The viola is in great new condition and shows the grain on the spruce top and the maple back plate.
Tonally this viola is well balance, projects well, with a warm ready quality to its sound. The instrument has an even tonal character on all four strings and the responsiveness is not overpowering. Great sound, well played look, an excellent choice for the advanced player looking to move into a European instrument.
Ernst Heinrich Roth, 1985 : German viola
The attractive, golden-brown spirit-oil varnish of this beautiful viola by Ernst Heinrich Roth indicates its provenance from the well-known name impressively. The varnish covers premium tonewoods from the deep forests of Germany, that feature exceptionally beautiful grain: medium grained spruce was chosen for the top, narrowly and strongly flamed maple for the two-piece back. This Ernst Heinrich Roth viola is a clear example of the visual and acoustic quality of the Roth’s craftsmanship, as it is demonstrated by the purfling that is laid in very close to the edges and by the soft fluting of top and back. This 1958 viola no. F216 after Antonius Stradivarius 1724 was worked over in our atelier carefully and is offered in perfect condition, immediately ready to play and to unfold its bright, warm, radiant and highly resonant voice.