G. H. Blair Viola

image(2)To continue my ongoing saga of seeking my viola “match,” I recently came across a viola at a violin shop in Portland, Oregon, which made my heart skip.  A gorgeous viola made in 1912 by G. H. Blair of Spokane, this instrument sounded as breath-taking as it looked.  Unfortunately, at 16.5 inches, I struggled to even reach the tuning pegs.  The curse of being a small violist!
However, I am intrigued by this viola’s untold story.  The folks at the shop didn’t know much about this instrument, but I would love to find more information.  I was able to try one of his later violins also at the shop but this viola has a particularly special quality to it.  Who was this maker who lived in Spokane?
image(1) G. H. Blair Viola

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