The viol amarantina Artimúsica VA80S is an example of the best that is done in the construction of traditional Portuguese instruments in our country.
The Amarantina or Amarante viola has a mouth in the shape of two hearts and is typical of the Douro Litoral region (historic province in the north of Portugal). It has 5 double strings orders with the two highest ones tuned in unison and the three lowest ones in octaves.
It is one of the most relevant and recognized guitar models in the national cordophone tradition, and Artimúsica follows the fundamental premises that define this guitar so typical and distinct.
The Artimúsica VA80S Amarantine Viola is a simple model, with spruce top, sides and bottom in walnut simple and mahogany neck. The fingerboard is made of panga panga, which is used because it is very resistant and durable, and environmentally sustainable.
This model maintains the maximum of the traditional characteristics of this instrument, from conception to decoration. Noteworthy are the frets scaled over the body, and the characteristic decorative motifs: the mouth of two hearts, the easel worked, and the detail at the base of the body, with organic lines, full of meaning and beauty.
The two hearts symbolize the impossible love between a boy and a girl, forbidden by her parents. The boy built the viola with the two hearts that, although pointed to opposite sides, are united forever, giving voice to this instrument.
The viola Amarantina has a slightly smaller body than a classical guitar, but it allows the folded strings to have a strong and consistent presence, without losing its unique and brilliant tone.
Artimúsica is a reference brand in the manufacture of traditional instruments that is distinguished by the craft techniques and methods used. For them, each instrument is a true work of art and a unique piece.
Officially founded in September 1992, it aims at the handmade construction of traditional Portuguese instruments, but the traditional method of construction was started over 100 years ago by master Joaquim José Machado, grandfather of current masters Manuel Carvalho and José Carvalho, constituting today the basis for the manufacture of your instruments.
The viola Amarantina Artimúsica 20280 is more than a musical instrument, it is a work of love, dedication, art and tradition, to sing very close to your heart.
- Back and sides: walnut (simple)
Portuguese traditional instruments can present differences to the picture
shown in the website due to it's artisanal manufacturing,
specially in it's decoration.