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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
    • 19th century violin from Mittenwald, approx. 1850 - warm, sweet tone
    • 1/4 - Very good quality old German 1/4 violin, c. 1900, quarter-sized violin
    • Old German violin, Saxony, approx. 1930
    • French violin bow, atelier Charles Louis Bazin (certificate J.F. Raffin)
    • Antique Klingenthal violin, approx. 1850
    • Raffaele Calace, Italian Neapolitanian violin, 1916 (certificate Eric Blot)
    • French violin bow, J.T.L., made for Pierre Hel (certificate J.F. Raffin)
    • Fine Markneukirchen master violin bow after J. B. Vuillaume
    • 18th century: Tyrolean master violin, unknown, approx. 1750
    • Excellent French violin bow, Morizot Frères (certificate J.F. Raffin)
    • Charles Nicolas Bazin, fine French violin bow (certificate J. F. Raffin)
    • Excellent German master violin bow, warm, fluid sound, 1940's
    • Luigi Galimberti, fine Italian violin, Milano 1925 (certificate Eric Blot)
    • 3/4 - recommendable, old Mittenwald 3/4 violin
    • Fine old viola bow, silver, probably England, c.1920
    • 3/4 - antique Hopf workshop 3/4 violin,19th century
    • 1/4 - Fine French 1/4 violin bow, Morizot Frères (certificate J.-F. Raffin)
    • Interesting modern Italian violin, probably Luigi Mozzani, 1941
    • Giuseppe Pedrazzini, fine Italian violin (certificate J. & A. Beare)
    • 1950's German Markneukirchen violin bow, silver, with a blank frog
    • English Silver mounted violin bow: soft stick, mellow tone
    • Justin Maucotel: A powerful French violin, c.1840
    • Italian violin, Primo Contavalli, 1973 (certificate Benjamin Schröder)
    • Fine 18th century violin by Franz Knitl, Freising, 1789 (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)