Thomas Kennedy Viola - Kennedy Violins
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Thomas Kennedy Viola

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Brahms Lullaby played on Kennedy Viola (02:03)
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Thomas Kennedy
D'Addario Helicore with Larsen A
Grade 1 Giuliani Brazilwood Bow
Pirastro Goldflex
Your Choice
Engelmann Spruce & Hand-selected Maple
Highest-grade French Aubert
Fittings & Fingerboard:
100% High-grade Ebony & Accented Pegs
Hand-rubbed Oil & Spirit Varnish
Available Size:
16 5/8" (Inquire for Additional Sizes)

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Product Description

The Thomas Kennedy Viola is an exclusive, hand-made model by Thomas Kennedy, father of Kennedy Violins' President and Founder, Joel Kennedy. Thomas Kennedy's fine work and craftsmanship as an experienced, intuitive, and renowned Oregon-state luthier have been an inspiration to all of us involved at Kennedy Violins.

Handmade by Thomas Kennedy

Each Thomas Kennedy Viola is pain-stakingly handmade using the traditional, time-perfected methods of instrument making. Substantial time spent on the final carving coupled with the experience the maker produce an astoundingly beautiful-sounding instrument. The volume of sound that this viola produces can easily rival any viola that exists at any price. It is constructed of the choicest European tonewoods and has one of the sweetest and warmest sounds you'll ever have the pleasure to hear. 

The Thomas Kennedy Viola features

  • a hand-carved back, sides, neck, and scroll made of top quality, well-seasoned, flamed European maple
  • a meticulously graduated Engelmann spruce top plate
  • Elegantly decorated fittings made of the highest-grade ebony.
  • A gorgeous, dark brown oil varnish, meticulously applied, that allows the viola to resonate to its full potential.
  • A custom-fit French Aubert bridge.
  • Professional quality steel-core D'Addario Helicore C, G, and D strings and a Larsen A String.

The sound of the viola is typically described by our professional viola testers as strong, sweet, warm, and astonishingly projective. This viola's quality of sound and projection can effortlessly contend with other violas costing significantly more.

Outfit Features

The complete Thomas Kennedy Outfit includes the following:

  • Shipping within two business days. In-shop luthiers allow same-day shipping on some orders.
  • Your choice of case from Kennedy Violins’ selection of full-suspension viola cases.
  • Our fully mounted Grade 1 Giuliani Brazilwood Bow
  • Inlaid mother-of-pearl embellishments accent the pegs, button, and tailpiece
  • Professional Pirastro Goldflex Rosin
  • Full set of backup wound steel strings
  • Hand-inspection and professional setup by professional luthiers on staff to meet or exceed all MENC specifications and standard measurements.
  • Kennedy Violins’ 45-day money-back guarantee of complete satisfaction. Take our 45-day challenge!
  • Coverage by our Lifetime Warranty
  • Great customer service by professional string players and performers on staffRead our reviews!

The Thomas Kennedy Viola is available in a 16 5/8" size. Additional sizes and makes may be available. Please contact us for more information. 

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Warranty Information

Kennedy Violins Inc. warrants its instruments to be free of defect in material and construction for the lifetime of the product. Cases are warranted to be free of defect in materials and workmanship for one year from the date of purchase. Please see our Warranty page for limitations and restrictions to this warranty. Kennedy Violins Inc. will, at its option, repair or replace any item found to have been defective in materials or manufacture under the terms stated here. Kennedy Violins Inc. shall be the sole arbiter of eligibility for warranty repair or replacement. Kennedy Violins Inc. liability is limited to repair or replacement of defective items.