Information about Stentor Student I Viola
Stentor Student I outfits are the main teaching instruments in Britains schools. They are the ideal entry level instruments for students up to middle grades. All are hand carved from solid tonewoods with good quality rosewood pegs and fingerboards. The outfits include reliable wood bows and well-designed lightweight cases with integral shoulder rest and music pockets.
Solid, carved, spruce table
Solid, carved, maple back and ribs
Solid, carved, maple neck
Individual hand shaping and finishing
Natural glues used throughout
Traditional inlaid purfling
Correct neck angle
Correctly fitted top nut
Correctly reamed peg hole taper.
Blacked rosewood fingerboard
High quality dark rosewood pegs
Good quality bridge
Alloy tailpiece with 4 integral adjusters
Adjustable nylon tailgut
Teka pattern wood chin rest.
Wood bow with ebony frog
Good quality screw, eye and ferrule
Traditional wedge fitting for hair.
Lightweight case with blue integral cover and fitted interior with accessory pocket
Music pocket covering whole lid
External shoulder rest pocket
Two bow holders.
Stentor instruments are produced in a carefully supervised environment. Design, specification and production control are provided by the specialist expertise of Stentor Music Co. Ltd. UK, whose history in Britain exceeds 100 years. All wood is carefully selected and dried before use and moisture content monitored using British made testing equipment. Carving is done by hand by workers who are trained at every stage. Tools used are a mixture of Chinese craft tools and specialist tools made in Europe; each worker being responsible for maintaining their own tools. Quality is constantly monitored to ensure that instruments meet exacting specifications.
Violas - Technical Information:
Violas are described by the length of their backs, not by fractional sizes. There is no absolute standard but currently, instruments used by adults are mostly 15½ (390mm) or 16 (405mm). Larger instruments can be found up to 17 (43cm). The smaller instruments, 15 (380mm) or less, are generally used by children. Over the last few years there has been increased demand for smaller violas. Previously, the viola was often taught on violins strung up with viola strings. This is not recommended as the true viola sound cannot be achieved. Children are now starting on viola rather than moving from the violin and it is essential for their progress that an authentic instrument is used. Stentor has developed smaller size violas, down to 12 (300mm), to meet this need, offering good tone and sound as well as correctly sized instruments.
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