Checking out the Gliga link and I noticed that my old 16.5″ viola was absent. I hope he was bought by someone who can play that tank, because he sounded wonderful.
They had a couple lefty violins with bird’s-eye maple backs, too. Thank dawg they had no 15″ violas with similar backs. I wouldn’t get another 16″, but a 15″ with a beautifully figured bird’s-eye back? I might have some trouble with that.
Update: Crap, he’s still there. He weighs like the back end of a 747 and his neck feels like a caber, but he sounds like Franco Corelli. 😦