The Snow SA 200 viola is one of the most highly recommended by teachers and an ideal instrument for advancing players, high quality violas for the price on the market today! The viola is warm, smooth sounding and top quality in a student/pro viola! All Snow violas are hand rubbed with an antique varnish finish, are hand-made, and offer exceptional craftsmanship and value. 2 piece maple back and solid carved spruce top, hand-rubbed with antique varnish. The wood is naturally dried then placed into a drying room, consistent with old world traditional European practices. This process ensures that the wood will not open or expand, and guarantees stability. This lovely viola uses an Italian Spruce top, with nicely flamed Maple back for a lovely sound.