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As a teacher of viol and baroque cello at Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, and when conducting workshops and master classes elsewhere in Europe and in the USA, I have noticed too often that students don’t have a proper viol. And some who would like to play don’t have a viol at all. Ten thousand dollars or more for a custom-made viol is often too much for a beginner, and the viols that have been for sale for $2000 or $3000 have been of too low quality. Many who are preparing to be professional musicians and would like to play viol as a second instrument often develop their skills so rapidly that they will need a better viol after some months. The waiting lists of the best makers was too long, sometimes eight to ten years.

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