“The tone of the violins was rich, full of character, consistent throughout the range of the instruments and powerful…impeccable workmanship, beauty and artistry displayed in each of his instruments.”

  • Edmond Agopian
    Professor of Violin, University of Calgary


“The tonal warmth and projection of Sandvoss’ instruments is very striking indeed. I have performed on his violins, and have performed chamber music with his violas and one of his cellos, to great acclaim. I recommend them without reservation.”

  • John Lowry
    Associate Concertmaster, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra


“Fine violas with a warm and sonorous sound.”

  • Gerald Stanick
    Professor Emeritus of Viola, University of British Columbia
    Professor of Violin and Viola, Vancouver Academy of Music


“I love the powerful richness and warmth of the Sandvoss viola. This is what a viola should sound like! I highly recommend the Sandvoss viola to my students and colleagues.”

  • Daniel Scholz
    Principal Viola, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra


“A great sounding instrument for great value. Easy to play with a quick response and a lovely even tone throughout.”

  • David Harding
    Professor of Viola, University of British Columbia


“An original and exquisite luthier…not only do his instruments sound glorious, they are absolutely beautiful to look at.”

  • Shauna Rolston
    Professor of Cello, University of Toronto


“Chris Sandvoss is a great string instrument maker. I have heard and played many of his instruments and have been impressed by the rich, warm, and beautiful tone. I now own a 15 ¾’ viola which I love. Small violas often carry the stigma of having a small sound, but I don’t worry about this at all with this viola. When I play solos in groups I always feel that the sound carries beautifully. Chris, being a violist himself, understands the innate challenges of the viola and he finds very creative and helpful solutions, helping to eliminate problems so many violists face. For people looking for a modern instrument I highly recommend that they try Chris’s instruments.”

Reginald Quiring                                                                                               Former Principal Violist, Vancouver Opera Orchestra