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This is a viola amarantina (or "de Amarante) made in Portugal by APC, in spruce and walnut. The soundhole is in the shape of two hearts, is a typical instrument of the Douro Litoral region, in Portugal. It has 5 orders of double strings with the two highest tuned in unison and the three lowest in octaves.
The Amarantina or viola de Amarante has two hearts in the mouth and is typical of the Douro Litoral region (northern Portugal province). It has 5 orders of double strings, with the two highest pitched in unison and the three lowest in octaves.
It is one of the most relevant and recognized strings in the tradition of traditional Portuguese instruments.
The APC VTR AMA Amaranth Viola is a model with solid spruce top, walnut back and sides.
The viola de Amarante has a slightly smaller body than a classical guitar, but it allows the double strings to have a strong and consistent presence without losing the unique and brilliant tone.
APC was born in 1976 by the hand of António Pinto Carvalho, to specialize in the construction of cordophones. It was at the age of 10 that its founder began to learn the art of guitar and cavaquinho construction from his grandfather's hand. Today it is the largest national company in the industry, with about 50 employees, who give authenticity and a personal touch to each instrument, manufactured with the most advanced construction technology, for greater precision and accuracy. Modernity and tradition are the key to this company that proudly promotes the Portuguese cultural tradition.
Portuguese traditional instruments can present differences to the picture
shown in the website due to it's artisanal manufacturing,
specially in it's decoration.