The VA-701 (Rudolph Doetsch) viola has a dark, robust, traditional German sound that projects and has great flexibility. These violas are crafted by hand in Germany from select European tonewoods. This viola has high-quality African ebony fingerboard, pegs, and chinrest, along with tap-tuned plates for the best possible tone and response. The instrument is finished with an antique-style hand-applied, multi-layer varnish. This instrument has a Level IIO Professional Setup which includes a hand-cut, hand-fitted and adjusted soundpost, high-quality Aubert #7 bridge, hand-fit and lubricated pegs in matching material to other fittings, finely finished nut, fine planed and dressed fingerboard, properly adjusted tailgut, and Pirastro Obligato C, G, and strings, and a Larsen A string.