A Viola by Luiz Amorim

Copy of Andrea Guarneri ‘Primrose’, 1697

Cremona, 2022

This Viola copy from Andrea Guarneri was crafted by a master maker, with the same high standards and method as the original one. Luiz Amorim gave birth to a sibling of the 1697 'Primrose' viola, by handcrafting a reinterpretation, preserving most important aspects, and respecting the aging marks shown by the original one. One of the most impactful elements of this great copy is the clear and the luminous varnish. More

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    This amazing replica by Luiz Amorim had a notable care in the selection of the material, very preciously chosen to match the original instrument personality. The most visible  feature of this copy is the stunning one piece slab cut maple, with a slightly flamed figure, that is often found in Andrea Guarneri's Violas. The Italian Spruce Top, texturely grained carries all the patina  with the discretion of a authentic 17th century cremonese instrument. This viola is considered to be the one of the truly distinguished instruments of the Father of Guarneri family, due to its success in producing the distinctive viola timbre, with resonance and the required balance, in the same time that it refined the standard dimensions of violas to the highest responsiveness and comfort for the player. This was Dr. William Primrose Solo viola throughout his career, and is by far one of the most looked after viola models until today. ⁠⠀

    Luiz Amorim

    With a sensitive eye to nature’s shapes and textures, Luiz dedicates his career in the search for a complete and powerful sound in his instruments, together with the investment in impeccable finishing and aesthetics, imitating the style of the old masters.Learn more


    Back Length
    415 mm
    Upper Bout
    197 mm
    Center Bout
    134 mm
    Lower Bout
    243 mm
    String Length
    374 mm

    sound characteristics

    Balanced and resonant, this powerful sounding instrument carries its tone away and further, with warmth, precision, and solidity.

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