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Sell your violin to Corilon violins


What do I need to know about selling my violin? Who buys violins?
Information and practical tips on selling your violin, viola or cello to Corilon violins


Selling a violin is never a simple affair: A proper assessment of a violin’s musical qualities, its possible value and whether it needs to be restored requires experience and expertise beyond the ken of most stringed instrument owners and small dealers. Moreover, few regional luthiers are willing to purchase instruments.

Many private owners and professional musicians have turned to Corilon violins as a serious and trustworthy partner when selling their violin, viola, cello or bow. Corilon violins offers years of experience in the trade, the competence of several luthiers who have specialized in setting up and restoring old instruments and a network of collaborating experts. We purchase old violins, violas, cellos and bows of quality that meet the standards of our diverse product range. As the owner of a valuable stringed instrument, you can also take advantage of our offer to sell your fine stringed instrument on consignment through our catalogue. Corilon violins has already helped the works of many esteemed master luthiers find their way to the right musician.

Should you be interested in selling a stringed instrument, simply send us a few clear digital photos by email that show the entire violin, body and scroll, from all sides. Include as well close-ups of any important details such as cracks, repairs and damage. There is no need for you to have it repaired or replace missing parts like broken strings beforehand—our workshop will take care of such matters upon purchase. Send your photos by e-mail to mail@corilon.com

Based on the first impression from your photos, we can in most cases make a reasonable purchase offer and ask you to send us your instrument. Since the price for a fine stringed instrument can only be conclusively determined by visual and physical inspection, we recommend that you start selling your violin by submitting photos to us. We hope you understand that we cannot make any statements without photographs, solely based on names and dates on labels or similar information.



New arrivals in our catalogue:
  • French viola bow stamped "N. Audinot", J. Thibouville-Lamy (certificate J. F. Raffin)
  • Excellent 19th century German violin bow by Bausch
  • German lightweight violin bow with a "Salingre" stamp, soft
  • Charming antique French violin after Antonio Stradivari
  • Georg Klotz, 1766: Fine Mittenwald violin (Georg Kloz)
  • WORKED OVER AND OPTIMIZED: Modern Italian 7/8 violin, Carlo Melloni, 1932 (certificate Eric Blot)
  • WORKED OVER AND OPTIMIZED: Italian violin in the Otello Bignami tradition
  • Good Schönbach viola, Ferdinand Fischer, 1935
  • Markneukirchen violin bow of the 1950ies, bright, fluid tone
  • 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
  • Fernando Montavoci, rare 1936 Italian violin
  • 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)
  • Aldo Zani, fine contemporary Italian viola
  • Fine Italian viola, Umberto Lanaro, Padova (certificate Robert Bein)
  • François Fent, a fine historic French viola of the late 18th century
  • Historic master violin from the Vogtland region, circa 1780-1800
  • Powerful 1920's Southern Italian violin with a radiant, brilliant sound
  • Good 1940's violin bow from Markneukirchen, warm, mellow tone