Nelle Doak O'Neill, Luthier

Viola, 'Liane'
Completed, April, 2002
Awarded First Place for Tone at the 2002
Competition of The Violin Makers Association of Arizona International


This instrument has an unusually "vibrant" tone on the "C" string for a small viola. Comments from attendees at the recent "International Viola Congress" in Seattle, where it was played in a demonstration performance by Roberto Diaz of the Philadelphia Orchestra, were: "Easy to play"; "Nice even tone and focus"; "Excellent projection".

The back, ribs and scroll are of European maple and the top is a wonderfully resonant piece of Englemann spruce. The pegs are German boxwood with matching fittings.. The neck is "violin size" and the instrument is extremely light. Finish is red madder lake over a golden ground layered between oil terpene varnish.

'Liane' is currently owned by a Natasia Boyko, a senior at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan.

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