I am in the process of trying out a viola! The prospect of getting a new viola is super exciting but also a little terrifying because it's not only a big investment, but a representation of my future self in music. I have a viola that I use but getting a nicer viola means, to me, that I am committing to stay in music and be more active. I love the idea of this but I just need to make time which is easier said than done.
My friend Maureen, an amazing violist, was kind enough to contact a friend who is selling several violas and we met a few weeks ago so I could try them. My friend, James, was also kind enough to come along with me for an extra set of ears.
The viola I picked is a bit out of my price range but I'm falling in love with it more and more every time I play it. I am getting more mentally serious about learning the Brandenburg and decided to take a break from violin until after the concert is done. I even gave my lovely violin to James to use in the mean time so she doesn't just sit in the corner of my room. If anyone is in NYC and wants to come, the concert is at the beginning of May!