1982, 16 5/8 inches
Alf's reputation was enshrined as early as 1982 when the VSA declared him "Hors Concours", its highest award for craftsmanship. Since then his renown has grown. Alf's instruments are actively used in many of the major American orchestras, including the San Francisco Symphony, New York Met, and Chicago Symphony, and in major European orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra and Berlin Philharmonic. This viola, made in the same year he was awarded "Hors Concours", is remarkably easy to play, and has a clear, resonant tone.