Mike Smyth, UK

image link Small Viola, Mittenwald circa 1820

April 2014
“Advancing years have lately made playing a larger viola uncomfortable, and as I also play the violin it eventually became clear that the size of the instrument was the problem. I looked in a number of places for a smaller instrument of reasonable quality without much success. The only one that sounded suitable within my price range was on Martin Swan’s site. I was initially dubious about buying an instrument unseen, but Martin went to great lengths over the phone to find out what I needed, he played the instrument and reported back to me, and I decided to give it a try. It was exactly as he had described it – he hadn’t gilded the lily at all and I have been thoroughly delighted with it. I can now do a full rehearsal without suffering. I should have done this much sooner! Many thanks for your help.”
Mike Smyth

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