The beautiful Franke Henner Viola Outfit for intermediate to advanced players is one of our most desirable models. Its superior finish and gorgeous sound give this instrument great appeal at an unbeatable price, especially for such superb quality. Available in 14", 15", 15 1/2", 16", and 16 1/2" sizes, the Franke Henner Viola is a perfect fit for violists looking for an instrument with a warm, intricate tone that projects with with a strong sound. Both the acoustics and the attractiveness of this fine instrument make it great for performance at home, in rehearsal, and on the stage.
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!
We're often asked what makes one stringed instrument cost more than another, and it always comes down to the quality or grade of woods, fittings, and finish on each instrument. The Franke Henner Viola is made with far superior materials than beginner and student models. The big sound, excellent playability, comfortable string height for the left hand, and other characteristics contribute to the superiority of these instruments.
The Franke Henner Violas are constructed with aged tone-woods that are highly select. The solid-carved, tight-grain spruce top is carved with great detail and attention to the thickness and measurement of the plates. The maple back is made with beautiful, tiger-striped flame accentuated by a warm varnish. The perfectly polished, traditional oil finish increases its attractiveness, which — when combined with the amount of flame on the back of the instrument — increases its value and worth over time.
To complement the fine construction and design of the instrument, the Franke Henner Viola is fit with a custom, hand-carved French Aubert or Despiau maple bridge. The professional grade composite tailpiece is made with built-in fine tuners with smooth-turning screws for ease of tuning. An ebony tailpiece with independent fine tuners can be installed in place of the composite tailpiece upon request at no extra cost. In addition to its quality fittings, the Henner outfit also includes an upgraded Giuliani Grade 1 Brazilwood Bow with real horsehair, steel-core D'Addario Helicore Strings, professional Pirastro Rosin, and a protective full-suspension case with plenty of storage.
The Franke Henner Viola Outfit includes the following: