There was a dealer, Dan Lawrence, who had a 17 3/8 instrument made in Chech. for about 1500.00 (i think) I dont know if he still has it and I couldnt get to his web page. There was a 17 inch Conrad Gotz instrument on Ebay a few times, I dont know if it sold and ebay is always a risk. You may be able to get a 17 inch gliga-that would probably be a very good instrument.
When I started out I was looking for a 17+ instrument too, but ended up settling on a 16 3/4 which is a very nice instrument and better than any of the cheaper 17 inch instruments I have seen since.
There is nothing better sounding than the old big violas. My favorite is Walter Tramplers 17.5 inch Amati (anyone know who is playing that now?).
Eventually I will probably get a nice large viola but will probably have it custom made by someone who has done a few of these before.
Anyway, this is a topic that I have been over for years and years, If you want to discuss it more feel free to email me.
: I posted this before and got no responses, so here we go again:
: Anyone know where I can get a commercially made large viola (17" or larger)?
: It seems all the very large violas I've found are too fine for me to be able to afford..... There are plenty of affordable 16.5" instruments out there, but I
: have yet to find a larger one that I can afford...
: Any help would be appreciated....
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