Search:
corilon violins

Search

Information archive

More detailed information about stringed instruments and the history of violin making.

Enter archive

corilon violins

“The finest approach to handling wood”: Hieronymus Köstler

Notes on Hieronymus Köstler, expert for old stringed instruments, restorer and luthier, in Stuttgart, Germany


One of the top addresses in the world of historic instruments is the Stuttgart atelier of Hieronymus Köstler, where valuable violin-making masterpieces have been restored, appraised and traded since 1982. Below is a brief portrait of the Stuttgart expert for historic stringed instruments.

At the tender age of 16, Hieronymus Köstler left his home town of Munich to study at the highly acclaimed Violin-Making School of Mittenwald and to learn, as he put it, “no doubt the finest approach to handling wood.” After completing his training as the youngest of his class, he took up his trade and diligiently applied himself to becoming a master in restoring historic stringed instruments. Two years later he had become a journeyman under Max Möller in Amsterdam, and following that he took the plunge and went to London, one of the foremost cities for trading historic instruments. There he spent four years at the famous atelier of J. & A. Beare Ltd.

Upon returning to Stuttgart, Hieronymus Köstler found the ideal environment for opening his own business. A mere four years after his studio was founded, there were ten journeymen in his employ, and he made his way into the small and exclusive circle of internationally renowned experts in restoring and appraising older stringed instruments. Köstler's appraisals enjoy the utmost confidence among musicians, collectors, merchants and investors around the world.

It is obvious that violin expert Hieronymus Köstler's work as an appraiser is enhanced by the specialist knowledge and practical experience he gained as a violin maker and restorer. But the inverse is true as well: his finely-honed sensitivity as an expert informs the hands-on work he does on instruments. One of his guiding principles is not to allow the original to be altered by the restoration. If original wood is present, none of it should be removed: this means that any corrective procedure can be reversed if it turns out not to be ideal. Such strict and carefully considered standards have not only benefited the valuable historic instruments that are restored in Hieronymus Köstler's atelier – they also serve the many journeymen well who perfect their craft there.


Related articles:

Contemporary violin makers - the modern artisans

Eric Blot, expert of Cremona and Italian violin making

Jean-François Raffin: ten hours - and not a word

Le Canu-Millant: lutherie and expertise

Vatelot-Rampal: on the art of healing violins

Beares, London: expertise in changing times

W. E. Hill & Sons – on the Mt. Parnassus of the art of violin making

The Mittenwald violin making competition and other contests

Mittenwald: violin making “in the midst of the forest”

Markneukirchen: violin making in “German Cremona”

Mirecourt: the spacious home of French violin making

Jean Baptiste Vuillaume

E. Sartory: the modern classic of bow making

François Xavier Tourte, founding father of the modern violin bow

Bow maker and entrepreneur H. R. Pfretzschner

Hopf: a dynasty of Vogtland violin makers

Silent electric violins - a guide to technical standards and quality characteristics

How to select a violin, provenance, value and violin appraisal

Jérôme Thibouville-Lamy - JTL



Corilon violins · Lilienstrasse 2 · D-81669 Munich
Phone: +49 (0)89-444 19 619 · Fax: +49 (0)89-444 19 620
mail@corilon.com · www.corilon.com

New arrivals in our catalogue:
  • Wolff brothers, Kreuznach: Good viola, around 1920
  • Antique lion's head violin of sound, approx. 1900
  • 3/4 - rare Neuner & Hornsteiner 3/4 violin, approx. 1850
  • Modern Italian violin, Cremona
  • Johann Hornsteiner, Passau, violin dated approximately 1900
  • Antique violin, Klingenthal approx. 1870, Hermann Meinel
  • American violin, by New York violin maker Peter Eibert
  • English master violin, Eric Voigt, Manchester
  • Leo Aschauer, Mittenwald: excellent violin, 1963
  • Brilliant toned Markneukirchen violin
  • Strong sounding German violin, Saxony
  • Petite Central Italian violin, late 18th century
  • Fine gol dmounted cello bow, Markneukirchen
  • 20th century German violin, Johann Glass Leipzig, 1928
  • 1/2 - master violin from Markneukirchen, Germany
  • Powerful Czech violin
  • Awarded electric violin (silent violin): Wolfgang Löffler's "e-Strings"
  • Bavarian master violin, approx. 1800 (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)
  • 3/4 - recommendable French 3/4 violin bow
  • 1/2 - rare Mittenwald violin, Neuner & Hornsteiner
  • Jean Striebig, fine French violin
  • 3/4 - Fine French 3/4 violin
  • Interesting oil varnished German violin, 1950/1960
  • 3/4 - French 3/4 violin bow, approx. 1920