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Violas For Sale and Wanted

The  British Viola Society offers its members the opportunity to place adverts on this page at no cost, as a membership  benefit.

Non members are welcome to advertise on this page for a small fee of  £15 per quarter (every three months). This should be paid directly into the BVS PayPal account and would need to be paid in advance of the advert being placed on the website.

Please contact us to arrange to  place an advert on the website.


FOR SALE:  under £5,000


VIOLA labelled Frank Barlow 1975, Sheffield.

16.5 ins. In good condition and recently serviced. With a bow stamped G. Rudi Steinel and an oblong case. £1,500 or near offer.

At the moment the viola can be seen in South Yorkshire near M18 J1. Phone or text 07887 870615.


VIOLA labelled made in Canton, China.

16 ins. Good condition. With bow and case. £500 ono. Phone or text 07887 870615.



  • English, silver & ebony, by John Clutterbuck
  • Scottish, silver & ebony, by Grant Fay
  • Swiss silver & ebony branded ‘Lefin’

Further details from peter@watersviolins.co.uk


VIOLAS FOR SALE: from £5,000 – £10,000


VIOLA by Wladek Stopka 1998

16.5-inch body. Serial number 404.

The instrument comes with a standard and baroque bow (both without any identifying labels), the case, shoulder rest, and a spare set of Evah Pirazzi strings.

Price £9,500

Listen to the viola in these recordings:

Wladek (Walter) Stopka has been a luthier for over 30 years. 
Born and raised in Poland, he started practising violin making in 1978 in Krakow Poland in the shop of a very well known Polish Violin Maker.  In 1989 he migrated to the U.S. with his family. For the last 20 years, he has been making instruments in his own shop located in the Southwest Suburbs of Chicago, USA.

His speciality is in the Stradivarius models. He uses high quality, old European wood for all his instruments and making his own varnish adds to the quality of finishes which vary from Modern to Antique. 

The instrument was purchased from Johnson String Instruments in Massachusetts and has its original documentation and valuation at the time of purchase. Stopka’s reputation has steadily increased over the years and his new violins and violas sell for about $14,000 USD. 

This particular viola has had many years of seasoned playing to break the instrument in and let it find its voice. It has been used in performances with a variety of orchestras including the Bedford Sinfonia, the Miami Bach Society, and the University of Miami Symphony Orchestra. Recordings of the instrument are available on request. 

Due to a tendon injury, I am, sadly, no longer able to play the instrument. It was on consignment with Bridgewood and Neitzert about 6 years ago and the instrument was fully serviced and restored at their shop. The repairs included resealing the joints, planing the fingerboard, adjusting the fit of the pegs, and fitting a new bridge. The instrument has not been played since the restoration and the bridge still will need a breaking in period. 

The asking price is in line with the current cost of the maker’s work, but all serious offers will be considered. 

Item is currently located in Northampton, UK and I am unable to ship the item due to insurance considerations. The item can be collected in person, or you can arrange an insured courier collection.
Contact Christopher Wolfe. Email  wolfiemeister@yahoo.com

FOR SALE: from £10,000 – £20,000


VIOLA by Christoph Götting 2005

Viola (14.6cm back length) made in 2005 by Christoph Götting.

A very strong instrument.



Available to try in London.

Email: garypomeroy@gmail.com