The Franklin Zgonc Viola is a choice upgrade from the Gerard and an excellent for intermediate and advanced adult or student players taking their performance to a higher level. This responsive and precisely set up instrument makes the Zgonc very easy to play with a warm, voluminous sound. The sound of the Zgonc is typically described by our professional viola testers as sweet, open and dark. Franklin Zgonc violas have a unique "silkiness" to them which makes them very nice instruments to play, especially for delicate passages. The Zgonc is available in 15", 15.5", 16" and 16.5" sizes.
What makes Kennedy Violins string instruments the best on the market? First we purchase each viola directly from the maker — a rare and highly effective business practice that lowers our cost and allows us to pass the savings to you. Next, all final assembly and FREE setup is performed locally in our Washington State shop by our professionally trained luthier staff. NO assembly or setup is required with an instrument that is ready to play from the moment you open the case. With both the highest-rated violins and customer service in the U.S., we are the only company confident enough to back up our instruments with our lifetime warranty and 45-day money-back guarantee. Experience the Kennedy Violins difference today!
The open, responsive sound of the Franklin Zgonc Viola is a result of time-intensive precision in the final carving of the top and back plates. Made with premium-grade tonewoods, including aged spruce and beautifully flamed maple selected specifically for their age and grain patterns, the plates are measured and graduated with specific thicknesses that promote the best sound possible.
Each instrument has its own unique personality in finish and tone. Each Zgonc is varnished with a multiple-layered oil finish that enables each viola to resonate to its full potential. Every viola is a Stradivarious design with several varnish colors to choose from. If you are interested in a specific varnish color, let us know and we can assess our inventory. Generally the violas are reddish brown, a deeper reddish brown, or more blonde in color.
Great attention to detail is also paid to the final setup of the Franklin Zgonc Viola. Fittings including the tailpiece, pegs, chinrest, and fingerboard are beautifully carved from 100% high-grade ebony. An authentic French Aubert bridge supports professional-grade D'Addario Helicore Strings. A certified luthier from the Kennedy Violins staff hand-carves and notches the bridge to accentuate the acoustics of the instrument. Bridge feet are carefully shaped with sharp knives to fully contact and fit the curvature of the viola face. Properly fit bridge feet promote a clear tone and strong projection.
At Kennedy Violins, the luthier staff ensures that each viola is individually setup, tuned, and individually hand-inspected to meet or exceed all MENC specifications and standard measurements. Setup includes:
The Franklin Zgonc Viola Outfit includes all the essential accessories you need including the following: