Could this be the best value viola on the Australian Market?
As a Gliga Gold Standard Dealer, Logans Have the privilege of being able to order custom models, based on the requests of our customers, and the interests of our staff.
One of the most regular requests we get from intermediate & professional viola customers is tonal warmth & projection. Providing both in a viola of this price range has long been elusive - Violins that project well in this price range are generally very bright in tone, violins that are warm in tone generally don't project well.
With it's larger Guarneri design, the Gliga Vasile Relic punches well above it's weight - the larger lower bout providing additional warmth for a rich, almost cello-like tone. The wider F holes (reminiscent of the famously loud "Il Cannone" Guarneri) offer both extra volume, and a wider field of projection, so that you and your audience will feel like you are being enveloped in the sound of this terrific viola.
While The Gliga Vasile Relic is priced like an intermediate instrument, it's tone & projection are better than that of many violins more than double the price - we have sold Vasile Relics to musicians of all ages, levels and musical backgrounds, from bluegrass fiddle players, to young players seeking something suitable for grade 5 and above.
Logans have never carried a viola that has had such an enthusiastic response from customers, or been able to offer an instrument of this quality at this price.
Award winning violin maker, Mr Vasile Gliga, has been creating instruments since 1980 in his workshop in central Romania. Starting from humble beginnings working in a state-owned violin factory, his talent and passion for instrument making soon found him his independence hand-crafting just two violins per month from his own tiny workshop at home with the help of his wife.
His skills and attention to detail quickly found him international recognition which in time provided the resources for him to train other craftsmen in his style of making.
Sourcing his tone woods from the famous Carpathian Mountain region of central Europe, over the years, his range expanded from student to professional levels and to this day Mr Gliga offers European quality at very affordable prices.
Gliga’s success has allowed him to build and support a dance studio teaching Latin and Sports Dance methods to an international standard, a teaching facility and even a local soccer club. In 2008 Mr Gliga was elected to the Romanian Parliament in which he works to further improve the lifestyle of his fellow Countrymen.
Mr Gliga sources his tone woods typically from the famous Carpathian Mountains from where it is believed Antonio Stradivari (1644-1737) did the same. These Mountains stretch 1,500km in length through Central and Eastern Europe and provide the correct altitude and climate for the spruce trees to grow slowly and consistently thus providing the close and even-grained tone woods best suited for high quality string instruments. Both spruce (used for the belly and soundpost) and maple (used for the back, neck, sides and bridge) are cut and stored for years to ensure that a natural drying process (also called curing) occurs long before the making process begins.
Once properly seasoned the long journey to becoming someone’s treasured instrument commences with the timber being graded, prepared and carved. Each belly and back is taken from the same quarter-cut piece of spruce and maple to ensure tonal matching. Depending on the grade of timber and the model that it will become, the woods are carved and tuned to provide optimal tone and resonance. In the case of the higher grades the craftsperson will, through years of training, practice and experience, finely tune the ‘plates’ by graduating the tone woods to numerous different thicknesses across its surface. This is a lengthy process taking place well before the instrument can be skilfully assembled, sanded, prepared and, eventually, finished in numerous coats of purpose-made oil varnish imported from Germany from the famous Hammerl Company.
Logans are pleased to offer multiple varnish colours on Gliga II and above from which to choose:
Once complete the instruments are equipped with factory fittings such as strings, bridge, tailpiece and endpin and start their 2 month long sea trip to Australia where the final quality control check is performed before they are made into outfits by the inclusion of custom-designed cases and bows before being distributed to Gliga dealers across Australia.
Final Setups & Checks are performed by our in house luthier, who has set up thousands of Gliga Violins, and hand selected the best parts for every instrument, based on quality, value, and appropriateness for the level of the instrument.
In acknowledgement of the quality of our instrument setups, Gliga have listed Logans Pianos as a Gliga Gold Standard Dealer, allowing us access to their professional & custom Instruments.
PATTERN: Guarneri del Gesu
TOP: Solid Carpathian Spruce
BACK & SIDES: Two Piece Solid Sycamore Maple
GRADE: High Flame
PEGS: Ebony Heart with White Ball
TAILPIECE: Wittner Lightweight
FINE TUNERS: Inbuilt
CHINREST: Ebony Teka
BRIDGE: Aubert Mirecourt
STRINGS: Thomastic Dominant
FINISH: Antique Oil
BOW: Dorfler 1018 suggested (+$229)
CASE: HQ PC Case suggested (+$325)
SIZES: 4/4 ($1,810), 3/4 ($1,695), 1/2 ($1,695)
Logans Pianos is one of Australia's biggest Orchestral String dealers. We have hundreds of Violins, Violas, Cellos, Bows & Accessories in stock. Every one of our instruments is hand selected to ensure optimum value and performance.
Every instrument purchase from Logans includes a full professional set up by our specialist luthier with more than 20 years experience. This set up includes properly cutting and fitting the bridge to each instrument, peg box set up, adjustment and fitting of soundpost and proper lubrication of pegs, nut, bridge, tailpiece and bow frog. Each instrument is then played and checked for any further adjustments. Proper set up is crucial to ensure maximum playability and performance.
All violins, cellos and violas have factory fittings replaced with quality German strings, German tailpiece and a French bridge to enhance playability and tone.
All instruments receive 1 year free* maintenance from Logans.
Repairs and ongoing maintenance are available directly through Logans Pianos.
Logans always have a large range of stringed instrument and accessories in stock, including books, bows, strings, cases, rosin and parts. While we try to keep our online stock as accurate as possible, we recommend you Contact Us to ensure your intended purchase is ready for purchase.
*Excludes strings and parts
Logans Pianos offers Australia wide shipping on all products on our website and our Burwood store. The vast majority of our orders are eligible for free, or $8.95 flat rate shipping. For more details, see below.
We will always do our best to make your order as fast and easy as possible. In most cases, we will process and ship your order next business day.
For a variety of reasons, sometimes this is not possible. In these cases, we will always notify you by email or phone of the expected lead time the following business day.
International shipping is available for many of the products on our website using courier shipping. See below for details.
Tracking Your Order
You will always be notified by email or phone once your order has been shipped, and will be able to track it using the provided shipping information here.
If you are looking for our returns policy, please click here
Logans are pleased to offer a variety of delivery options to our customers so you can choose the shipping method that best suits your needs.
In most cases, you will receive your order in 2-5 business days from the time of your order, but we ask that you allow up to 14 days for delivery, to account for unexpected delays.
Free & Flat Rate Shipping
Most orders over $199 qualify for free shipping.
orders under $199 are eligible for $8.95 flat rate shipping To NSW, VIC and ACT, or $15 flat rate shipping to all other Australian states.
Small products such as books, strings and small accessories may be sent with Australia post, and may not include a tracking number. If tracking is important to you, please choose courier shipping to ensure you will be able to track your order.
We have send tens of thousands of books and accessories in this manner, and very rarely have issues. If your product arrives damaged, or has not arrived within 14 days, please contact us as soon as possible, and we will replace it free of charge.
Acoustic Pianos, Digital Pianos with a shipping weight of over 80kg, and other products that require specialist delivery services or installation are not eligible for free or flat rate shipping.
Orders to Western Australia do not qualify for free shipping.
In Store Pickup
Most products can be picked up from our Burwood store. If you choose this option at checkout, please wait for us to confirm your products are ready for pickup before pick it up.
We are able to arrange curbside pickup/click and collect on customer request.
Logans are pleased to offer shipping by the following couriers:
In most cases, the fastest, cheapest and best options to your location will appear at checkout, allowing you to choose the courier and rate that best suits your needs. Sometimes, rural and remote and international areas will not calculate shipping. This doesn't mean we can't ship to you, or even that it's going to be particularly expensive. Generally, we recommend you use flat rate shipping in these cases, but if this is not appropriate, or available for you, please contact us, and we will discuss your options with you.
Digital Pianos Delivery & Setup
Digital Piano delivery and setup is available in the Sydney Metro area for the cost of $150. Surcharge will apply for stairs, or other difficult delivery.
Additional surcharges apply to deliveries outside of the Sydney Metro area, and will need to be scheduled in advance. Please contact us for an obligation free quote.
As you will have to be home to show the carriers where to set up your piano, we will call to schedule your delivery at a time that is convenient for you.
Acoustic Pianos Delivery
Logans only work with the best speciality piano carriers in the business - Dragon, Goninans & Perfect Moves. This ensures that your piano will arrive not only undamaged, but in tune & well regulated as well. As you will have to be home to show the carriers where to place your piano, we will call to schedule your delivery at a time that is convenient for you.
Indicative prices for Melbourne/Brisbane Metro
Upright Pianos: $550
GB1 or GC1: $660
C3 or smaller: $770
C5 or smaller: $880
C7 or smaller: $990
Pre-Orders & Out Of Stock
Out of stock or new release products will generally be available for pre-order. If you pre-order a product online, we will contact you using the details provided your order to give you an ETA the next business day. For most products, this will add less than a week to the delivery time for your order.
In the case of new release products, or some specialty items, lead times can be up to six months. If you would like to know the ETA of a product before pre-ordering, please contact us by email, phone, or using the chat widget and we will give you an ETA.
In all cases, you can cancel a pre-order for a full refund within 30 days. Standard refund conditions apply. Click here to see our refund policy
*=Note that selecting this option means your shipping costs are not included in the price of your order, and will need to be paid prior to delivery.