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    So my private teacher told me I need to look into getting a smaller viola! I currently have a 16″. I am 4’11” and am done growing… Any suggestions on reasonably priced rental violas, or decently priced violas I could buy? Any and all tips recommended!

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    Chris Guleff

    I can see you’re not a beginner, but there is some good advice in this topic on this site: http://www.violintutorpro.com/how-to-find-the-perfect-beginner-violin/
    Any advice on violins applies equally to violas. Of course, you should take a look at Superior Violins for offers and purchase/rent options. I know that when I’m ready for my next viola or violin, I’ll inquire here. I once bought a very reasonably priced quality viola online from a vendor named Belri Music. I don’t know if they are still in business, but if you can find a used Belri viola, I think you would appreciate the quality and tone. Hope this helps!

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    Awesome! Thank you so much!

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    Scott Adams

    I am so happy to hear that your private teacher caught it and is recommending a *smaller* instrument for you. It’s so deeply ingrained into the viola tradition that “bigger is always better” to get the rich viola tone. I am 5′ 7″ with smaller hands and the 16″ viola I played on for YEARS turned out to be the wrong size for me and caused a couple lasting forearm/wrist issues that continue to this day. I now play a 15″ viola for comfort-sake. While I could probably give a 15.5″ instrument a try, I’m just not interested. 🙂

    As for places to find replacement instruments, don’t rule out Superior Violins (www.superiorviolins.com) which is run by Michael. He has a few decent violas as well and is super reasonable with discussing rental terms. I’ve personally played two of the instruments he has available – both in the 15″ variety. They’re quite good. Not master level, but an excellent price-to-quality balance.

    How long have you been playing? What level instrument are you looking for?

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