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"I can with great confidence recommend The String House as an outstanding resource in Rochester, NY. They have repeatedly provided my students and colleagues with a fine selection of quality instruments and bows helping them to advance in their musical careers."

Oleh Krysa
Professor of Violin
Eastman School of Music


In 1998, The String House formed a relationship with a fine workshop in China. Instruments are made according to our specifications regarding dimensions, graduations, varnish and wood quality.
Because of their visual beauty and wonderful tonal qualities, these violas are currently being enjoyed throughout the USA and are the choice of many teachers for individuals in need of a fine student viola.
Below is a list and description of models available.


The Martello is a fine handmade viola with exceptional full, rich, responsive tone. This instrument is finished in our shop with fine fitting pegs, professional bridge, and properly shaped fingerboard. The varnish is an attractive red brown color. High quality strings (Dominant, Obligato, Pirazzi)

The Martello Viola:
$525.00 13", 14"
$625.00 15", 15 ½", 16", 16 ½"


The Tartini is the best-selling and highly preferred viola by teachers throughout the country. They are beautifully handmade violas with only highly select and attractive wood and the tone is very impressive. This viola is available in 3 models; Stradivarius, Professional, and Master Art.

Tartini “Stradivarius Model” Viola:
$ 750.00 13”-14”
$ 950.00 15”-16 1/2”

Tartini “Professional Model” Viola: Fine wood and darker tone quality
$1100.00 14”-16 1/2”

Tartini “Master Art Model” Viola: Fine wood and mid-range tone quality
$1400.00 14”-16 1/2”


The DeSanto is the highest level viola we directly import from China. It has the highest flamed maple back and a full projecting responsive tone throughout the viola.

The DeSanto Viola:
$1850.00 13”-14”
$2200.00 15”-16 1/2”



We highly recommend Gottfried Lembock violas. They are outstanding hand crafted violas made in the antique style from Germany. These violas are made on a slightly smaller model making them more comfortable for a smaller person. The tone is very responsive and of a warmer color.

Gottfried Lembock Viola:
$2600.00 15, 15 1/2, 16, 16 1/2”


During the past 20 years, we have been privileged to see a growing number of talented young violists contact us regarding a need for finer sounding small sized violas. The instruments that are being used are fine small violins strung as violas which somewhat satisfies the need, but never really produces a rich C string and true viola sound.

In 1993, we designed and started making 11", 12", 13" and 14" violas. These violas are constructed with wider lower bouts and smaller upper bouts to facilitate upper position work. The tone of these violas is clear and dark and the lower strings are very exceptional.

Because of their phenomenal tone, these violas continue to sell quickly. However, our 100% trade-in policy allows us to have many of these fine violas immediately available.

The String House Viola:
$2600.00 11” (1/4)
$2800.00 12” (1/2)
$3000.00 13” (3/4)
$3200.00 14” (4/4)
$3600.00 15”, 15 1/2”
$5000.00 16”