The 8 Best Violas

Updated December 15, 2016 by Brett Dvoretz

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We spent 16 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top selections for this wiki. Slightly larger than a violin, these violas produce a lower and deeper sound. For those interested in taking up this instrument and those who are already accomplished musicians, we've included models ranging from the reasonably priced through to the professionally hand crafted. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best viola on Amazon.

8. Grace Natural

The Grace Natural comes with an elegant spruce top and a free rosin. The interior color varies with each instrument, making this product a little unpredictable, but it is a good value, as it comes with a case and a high quality horsehair bow.
  • includes two shoulder cradles
  • battery-operated tuner
  • finish is poorly applied
Brand Grace
Model GA10-16N
Weight 4.1 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

7. Mendini MA250

The Mendini MA250 has a beautiful natural varnish that is fit for any music professional. The bridge is somewhat large, but this instrument has decent sound, a maple fingerboard, and a one-year warranty to cover any manufacturer's defects.
  • includes a lightweight hard case
  • comes with a brazilwood bow
  • mongolian horsehair strings
Brand Mendini
Model 14"MA250
Weight 3.8 pounds
Rating 3.7 / 5.0

6. Cremona SVA-100 Premier

The Cremona SVA-100 Premier is designed for beginning students looking to start their journey in music. It comes in a multitude of sizes from 12 to 16 inches, ensuring musicians of all ages will be comfortable as they learn to play.
  • fitted rosewood pegs
  • equipped with prelude strings
  • bridge is a bit low
Brand Cremona
Model SVA-100
Weight 4.4 pounds
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

5. Sky SKYVA303

The Sky SKYVA303 is hand oil varnished, and features a maple back, neck, sides and scroll. This is an average-sized viola, ensuring easy playability for most users. A black ebony chin rest and fingerboard add some final touches of beauty.
  • arrives ready to play
  • high-quality strings
  • rainproof exterior
Brand Sky
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

4. Cecilio CVA-400

The Cecilio CVA-400 has a striking flamed back that adds a touch of sophistication. Boxwood pegs and nickel-plated fine tuners are included with the instrument, and customers will also enjoy the gorgeous purfling satin finish.
  • includes two bridges
  • hard case with pockets and strap
  • viola is hand carved
Brand Cecilio
Model 14"CVA-400
Weight 4.5 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

3. D'Luca PDZ02 Orchestral Series

The D'Luca PDZ02 Orchestral Series is highly recommended by many music teachers for its clear sound and expensive appearance. The case features two bow holders, reducing the risk of damage during transport, and a silk interior.
  • includes free tuner
  • adjustable shoulder rest
  • golden-brown varnish
Brand D'Luca
Model PDZ02-15.5
Weight 6.7 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

2. Merano Student

The Merano Student comes with a spruce top and maple back. Musicians can rest assured they'll be holding a sleek and professional instrument, as it features hardwood pegs and a horsehair bow. It also comes with an extra set of strings, a metro tuner, and a music stand.
  • larger than most violas
  • comes with a shoulder strap
  • includes a mute and extra bridge
Brand Merano
Model MA100-16.5
Weight 8 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

1. D Z Strad 101

The D Z Strad 101 is a beautiful instrument that offers easy playability. Each product is hand-crafted from ebony wood and then finely tuned before being inspected in a secure, US-based workshop to ensure only the highest quality instruments are sent out.
  • sophisticated red finish
  • consistently round tone
  • built by experienced luthiers
Brand D Z Strad
Model pending
Weight 4.6 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

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Last updated on December 15, 2016 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as behind the computer screen, Brett can either be found hacking furiously away at the keyboard or perhaps enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He hopes to one day become a modern day renaissance man.

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