A Beautiful Viola by Otto Erdesz, Toronto, c. 1970’s. 16 7/8”
A beautiful viola by Hungarian Master, Otto Erdesz.
Despite having a back length of 430mm (close to 16 7/8”), the string length is EXACTLY 15;” combined with a modest upper bout length of 214mm and much wider 268mm lower bout, the viola is remarkably well balanced and thoughtlessly easy to navigate.
The execution and detail work on this viola is absolutely phenomenal, representing some of the cleanest and most deliberate work I have seen fron Erdesz, and in homage to Guarneri, no less; fine detail too to the varnish - an artistic balancing act between shading and antiquing, with little wear, less some chewing to the edge of the treble c bout from some over zealous and undoubtedly acrobatic bow strokes.
With its original antique style ebony fittings, complete with white accents, Evah Pirazzi strings with a matching Gold ‘A,’ this instrument posses a voice which surpasses the marvel of its appearance with profundity. This is an instrument which is historically at home performing concertos with an orchestra and winning auditions.
With a Guarneri facsimile label dated 1696 and a personal inscription by Erdesz to the underside of the top in the lower treble bout. Dating to the late 70’s, while Erdesz lived in Toronto.