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Certificates and appraisals


We offer a guarantee on every instrument in our catalogue.


Certificates and appraisals are an important cornerstone of the confidence you need when you select a stringed instrument – and they are key for insuring your instrument appropriately. Reliable verification of your instrument's provenance is an issue that requires greater knowledge than can usually be provided by those who are only qualified as craftsmen.




Owner & Director:

Dr. Annette T. M. Roeben



Corilon violins has meticulously studied over 4,000 good and fine stringed instruments, violins, violas and cellos representing a wide variety of price categories, historic periods and regional provenance – a vast range of experience which guarantees solid appraisals for all of the instruments in our catalogue. In addition, you can order a certificate of appraisal for every string instrument and bow we offer so you can have official confirmation of important information about the provenance, age, structural details and current value of your instrument. Depending on the prices of the instrument, the fee for issuing a certificate ranges from € 100 to € 200. The cost of each individual certificate is automatically displayed in the course of placing the order; as soon as you place the instrument in the shopping cart, you are given the additional option of ordering a certificate.

Instruments priced at or above € 10,000 include the certificate.

Furthermore, some of our especially valuable and rare masterpieces already include certificates from renowned independent appraisers; amongst them are J. F. Raffin, the leading Paris-based expert for French bows; Stuttgart luthier and appraiser Hieronymus Köstler; and Cremonese master Eric Blot. If such certificates are already present, we will inform you about it in the extensive description found in our online catalogue; you will also have the opportunity to see the certificate online.

Our special areas of competence include German, French, English and Italian stringed instruments of good and superior quality, many of which come to us with inadequate documentation. In this regard, we offer semi-professional musicians and demanding amateurs greater security than is commonly available when it comes to being protected against fakes and replicas.

We do not offer a certificate service for instruments not being sold through our catalogue.



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    Corilon violins • Lilienstrasse 2 • D-81669 München • Germany
    Phone: +49 (0)89-444 19 619 • Fax: +49 (0)89-444 19 620
    mail@corilon.comwww.corilon.com

    New arrivals in our catalogue:
    • PREVIEW: Mario Gadda, modern Italian violin after Oreste Candi, 1984
    • French viola bow for N. Audinot, silver, J. Thibouville-Lamy (certificate J. F. Raffin)
    • Good quality 1920's Schuster & Co violin, Markneukirchen
    • Excellent 19th century German violin bow by Bausch
    • German lightweight violin bow with a "Salingre" stamp, soft
    • Georg Klotz, 1766: Fine Mittenwald violin (Georg Kloz)
    • WORKED OVER AND OPTIMIZED: Modern Italian 7/8 violin, Carlo Melloni, 1932 (certificate Eric Blot)
    • Good Schönbach viola, Ferdinand Fischer, 1935
    • Markneukirchen violin bow of the 1950ies, bright, fluid tone
    • Giuseppe Pedrazzini, fine Italian violin (certificate J. & A. Beare)
    • Fernando Montavoci, rare 1936 Italian violin
    • PRICE REDUCED: Dutch bass viol by Theo Dellen, Voorburg (viola da gamba)
    • Nicolas Maline for J.B. Vuillaume, fine cello bow (certificate J.F. Raffin)
    • Fine French cello bow, Louis Gillet (certificate J.F. Raffin)
    • Luigi Lanaro, Padova, modern Italian violin, 1975
    • Contemporary Italian violin in the Otello Bignami tradition, Luigi Laterrenia
    • Old Mittenwald violin, Josef Rieger, 1927
    • Markneukirchen viola bow, silver mounted, Arnold Stoess
    • Contemporary German soloist violin, Bernhard Gerstner, Ulm 1995
    • Fine 18th century violin, Franz Knitl, Freising, 1769
    • Excellent French violin, Collin-Mézin (fils), 1945, No. 845
    • Old, Mittenwald orchestra violin with a dark, clear tone, 1950's
    • Old, 1920's Saxon violin, Markneukirchen, bright tones
    • Mario Bedocchi, fine Italian viola (certificate by Eric Blot)