16 1/4" Malcolm Collins viola #63, Upper Hutt 2016
Malcolm Collins, one of New Zealand’s most prolific professional luthiers, is also a keen viola player, so viola making is particularly close to his heart. This viola is numbered #63, and while it is the sixty-third to leave his bench, we suspect it is by no means the last to do so. With this instrument, Collins has continued exploring ways to maximise body air volume and therefore bass response, while achieving ease of playing. The lower bout is particularly broad, but the relatively short string length will suit players with a shorter arm length and smaller hand.