Now in her second season with the Takács Quartet, violist Geraldine Walther acquired an exceptional viola by J. B. Guadagnini, Turin, 1774 in 2005. "I adore it," said Walther. "It's the perfect size for me with a warm, rich sound, but very clear. That's so great for a viola." She also acquired a Tubbs bow, "I'd been looking for a bow all my life and found this one. I'm so happy and lucky to have it, thanks to Gabriel [Ben-Dashan]. It's very hard to find great viola bows." Walther was very pleased with her Bein & Fushi experience, "Gabriel is kind of a magician. He makes things happen. He's great at fitting people with instruments and bows. Working with John Becker has been just great. He did some things that helped make the viola more ideal for me. I couldn't be happier." Walther was formerly principal viola with the San Francisco Symphony, where she played an excellent Storioni viola acquired by the Orchestra from Bein & Fushi. And how does she feel about being a member of the Takács Quartet? "It's a great privilege to be able to do it. I feel even more that way after one and a half years. I'm so thrilled to be playing in places I've always dreamed of. Just stepping out on the stage—it takes your breath away. The experience of playing this music is to be savored. The other members of the Quartet are fabulous musicians. What a way to finish out my career, playing string quartets. I'm having a ball."
"Bein & Fushi is really trying to help the artist, not just make a sale. They really care about their clients.The follow-up relationship is very meaningful to me."
— Geraldine Walther
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