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Click to enlargeT.G. Pfretzschner Viola Outfit with Trade-In Guarantee

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T.G. Pfretzschner Viola is one of our most popular German violas.

For many decades, German viola makers have made quality violas for the world.  Today, Germany continues to be the leader in producing new medium to high-end quality violas.  This T.G. Pfretzschner viola is unmatched by other German violas in price and quality.

This viola is completely handcrafted in Germany.  It is made with superior quality seasoned wood and craftsmanship.  The viola top is gently antiqued with a medium brown varnish over a golden ground; the kind of look found only in a professional viola.  The back, side, neck and scroll are made with highly flamed maple (also called Tiger wood or curly maple).

The rich and warm tone delivered by this viola makes it a perfect instrument for solo and orchestra performance. In addition, the superior quality of craftsmanship on this instrument ensures that it will mature well through time - a characteristic that cannot be found in a lesser quality viola.

As a whole, this viola delivers value that is unsurpassed in its class.

The viola outfit also comes with an octagonal Brazilwood bow and a suspension case.  The octagonal bow is made out of professional grade Brazilwood with Mongolian horsehair providing great sound volume and playability.  The archtop design of the case provides solid strength to the overall integrity of the case hence providing the utmost protection for the viola stored inside it.  It also features well padded handle, large subway handle, accessory compartment, and full length music pocket.  These features make carrying viola to lesson, school or orchestra practice easy.

This viola outfit comes with our 10-Day Monday Back Guarantee and Trade-In Guarantee.  

  • The 10-Day Monday Back Guarantee allows you to evaluate the viola in the comfort of your own home before making a purchase.  For details, please click on the link Viola 10-Day Money Back Guarantee.  

  • The Trade-In Guarantee allows trading in for a bigger size or better viola at only a fraction of the cost.  For details, please click on the link Viola Trade-In Guarantee.


  • Completely crafted by hand with superior workmanship and superior quality wood to achieve the optimal playability and sound characteristics.

  • Features fully graduated solid spruce viola top, maple viola back, sides, neck, and scroll - no cheaper laminated wood or hardwood used on this viola

  • Viola top is made out of superior quality well pronounced spruce.  The quality of the spruce used to make the viola top is one of the major factors affecting the sound quality of a viola.

  • Viola scroll, neck, side, and back are made with highly flamed maple.  Flamed is a term used to describe the amount of grain (wood pattern) in maple.  Using higher flamed maple to make the side and back of the viola increases both aesthetics and value of the viola.

  • Real inlaid purfling on both the viola top and back

  • Tuning pegs are made out of superior quality ebony wood for trouble-free tuning. Ebony is preferred over hardwood since it is more stable and less likely to slip causing viola to go out of tune. 

  • Fingerboard is also made out of superior quality ebony for solid playability. The hardness of ebony wood protects the fingerboard from denting by the fingernail. Dents on the fingerboard make it very difficult to play the viola in tune.

  • Ebony tailpiece and nut provides stability to string intonation

  • 4 string adjusters (fine tuners)

  • Fitted with perlon strings from Pirastro - the world's largest string manufacturer.  Perlon strings produce warm and harmonious sound and are less susceptible to temperature and humidity changes.

  • Fully fitted maple bridge

  • Made in Germany

  • Available in 16" size only


  • The bow comes with octagonal stick made out of professional grade Brazilwood providing stability, playability and control.

  • The bow comes with professional grade Mongolian horsehair providing sound volume and projection.

  • Ebony frog, silver winding, and leather grip

  • 1 large rosin with wooden holder


The wood archtop hardshell case provides the utmost protection for the viola stored inside it.  The hardshell case provides solid strength to the overall integrity of the case.  The arch shape design of the case top adds additional rigidity to the case.  This design is valuable in providing uncompromising case integrity in the event of accidentally placing heavy load on top of case and protecting viola's most vulnerable parts.

The case comes with a beautiful brass hygrometer that provides the humidity reading at all times.  You can monitor the humidity level and action appropriately before atmospheric elements do any damage to the viola.  (When the viola is exposed to high level of humidity, it will cause the wood to lose its rigidity and the fingerboard of the viola to lower.  Extreme dry condition causes glue that holds the viola together to lose its adhesiveness creating cracks in the viola.)

The neck strap and viola anchor keep the viola securely in place.  The well padded handle and large subway handle make carrying the viola very comfortable.  The shoulder strap offers the option of carrying the case over your shoulder.

The case comes with many protection features for the viola: deluxe 4-point suspension cushions, neck strap, blanket, and soft neck cushion.  These features are designed to ensure that your viola is well protected inside the case.  Weather guard flaps add additional protection against rain and moisture.

No longer do you need to carry multiple bags for music lessons or orchestra practices.  This case has room for everything.  In addition to holding viola and bows, the case has a large accessory compartment for shoulder, rosin, strings and other items, and a string tube for strings.  The case also offers full case length outside music pocket that can hold a lot of music and other accessories.

  • Well padded wood shell sturdy case with nylon cover for protection against rain or drink spills.
  • Deluxe 4-point suspension cushion design - soft cushions for lower, upper, tailpiece, and neck areas of the viola absorb shocks and movements during transit and accidental drop.
  • Weather guard flaps along the handle side enhances protection against rain and moisture.  These weather guard flaps also help keeping the viola case closed.
  • Under the handle metal closure secures the case in one action
  • Brass hygrometer provides a reading of humidity level in the case.  Maintaining a proper level of humidity in the case is extremely important for the health of the viola.
  • Covered Velcro neck strap and soft neck support hold the viola securely from movement
  • A well-padded full-size silk blanket protects the viola against loose items in the case
  • 4 bow holders
  • String tub holder and string tube included.  String tube is used for holding new straight strings or used strings, protecting the strings from wear and tear while in storage.
  • 1 large accessory compartment for storing shoulder rest, rosin, strings, etc. (4-1/2" Width, 9-1/2" Length,  2-3/4" Depth)
  • Full length large outside music pocket (11" Width by 33-1/2" Length) for holding lots of music and accessories
  • 11 plastic feet on the outside of the case (4 on the back, 4 on the side, 3 on the bottom) protect the case from wear-and-tear
  • 1 adjustable shoulder straps with comforter is included.  The shoulder strap is 1-1/2" wide, making it very comfortable to use.
  • Well padded handle making it very comfortable to carry the viola
  • Large subway strap (end handle) - this handle allows the viola to be carried in the upright position with one hand.  Very convenient while in the subway and bus.
  • Multiple anchors allow you to carry the case with a shoulder strap in the most comfortable position
  • Black exterior and dark blue felt lining interior
  • Case dimensions: 33-1/2" Length, 11" Width,  7" Height
  • Weight: 8 lb 2 oz

( ~~ REGULAR LIST PRICE: $1,315.00 ~~ )

Availability: Usually ships the next business day

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