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Violas under $5,000

(Priced under $5,000 & Popular Brands)

Carriage House Violins enjoys special relationships with some of the top stringed instrument workshops in the world. We travel regularly to view the working conditions, materials, tools and craftsmanship of the most talented makers, and to hand-select the very best of these completely handmade instruments.

These instruments are then carefully inspected by JSI's own luthiers who perform precision set-ups to maximize sound quality and playability. Many of these quality shop made instruments are available in smaller sizes and outfits at substantial savings. Additional savings on our full selection of high-quality bows and cases when you create your own outfit.

Shop made Violas and Outfits
Haide Viola

Jay Haide Violas & Outfits. We are one of the few places in the country to sell these high quality instruments.

Available sizes: 16 1/2", 16", 15 1/2"

Doetsch Viola

Rudoulf Doetsch Germany Violas & Outfits. These instruments are a favorite for their clarity, projection of tone, and particularly smooth playing response.

Available sizes: 16 1/2", 16", 15 1/2", 15"

Eastman Viola

Eastman Strings Beijing, China "305 SERIES" Violas & Outfits. Strad Magazine declared the 305 series a "Definitive Favorite"

Available sizes: 16 1/2", 16", 15 1/2", 15"

Snow Viola

Snow Instruments Beijing, China Violas & Outfits. Handmade from naturally dried spruce and maple guaranteeing stability.

Available sizes: 16 1/2", 16", 15 1/2", 15"

Alessandro Viola

Alessandro Violas & Outfits. Made in China, these instruments are responsive and comfortable to play in both the right and left hands.

La Scala Viola

La Scala Violas Buy an instrument, give an opportunity, thanks to a partnership with the Johnson String Project and Eastman Strings.

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Please contact us for all the information.

800. 359. 9351

Please Note:

  • Any instrument or bow purchased at Johnson String Instrument / Carriage House Violins, whether online or in our shop, comes with the same guarantees and trade-in policies. Some exclusions apply.
  • Any returns made within 14 days of purchase will be honored with a full refund. Returns must be in original condition.
  • To schedule an appointment or for more information, please contact our Sales Department at or by phone at 617-262-0051. Please follow the prompts for instrument and bow sales.


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