Herbert Stanley Sampson workshop viola, 15 3/4″,  Melbourne 1928

Herbert Stanley Sampson workshop viola, 15 3/4″, Melbourne 1928

POA

Labelled and stamped as ‘Sampson’ this viola is typical of ‘workshop’ output with its initial construction completed in Germany.

This instrument has been withdrawn from sale. CVA124.

Description

In order to present a range of instruments in price and quality to suit players’ needs, it was common to produce ‘workshop’ instruments. These were typically purchased either unvarnished or in kit form in a semi-finished state, thereby relieving the violin maker of the bulk of the labour intensive work and enabling him to quickly attend to the fine finishing details.

This is such an instrument from the Sampson workshop which operated in Melbourne for many years in the early to mid 20th century.

Sampson worked with A. E. Smith in Maldon, U.K., before moving to join Smith in Melbourne where he later set up his own workshop.

It is a good sounding viola with a warm tone and plenty of volume and carrying power. Very good harmonics response and clear articulation along with great bow response for dynamics contrast, a nice resonant ‘C’ string, even balance and a colourful diverse sound makes this viola a pleasure to play.

This instrument has been withdrawn from sale.  CVA124.