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“The finest approach to handling wood”: Hieronymus Köstler

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


Hieronymus Köstler · Hohenzollernstraße 16 · 70178 Stuttgart · GERMANY
Phone: +49 711 601 602

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.


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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:
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  • Outstanding antique French Breton violin, approx. 1850
  • Antique Klingenthal violin, approx. 1850
  • English Baroque violin, 18th century
  • Old German violin after Niccolo Amati, Markneukirchen
  • Fine Markneukirchen violin bow after Sartory, sweet, sophisticated tone
  • Markneukirchen violin bow, strong and powerful toned
  • Antique German violin from Saxony, classical model, approx. 1880
  • Strong, lightweight virtuoso violin bow, Albert Leicht
  • Good violin bow from Markneukirchen, warm, mellow tone
  • Antique Neuner & Hornsteiner Mittenwald violin, approx. 1900
  • Matured, resonant sounds: Old violin from Saxony
  • Good Markneukirchen violin bow approx. 1950
  • Fine Markneukirchen violin bow, 1920ies
  • Old violin from Mittenwald, Johann Fürst
  • Fernando Montavoci, rare Italian violin
  • Silver-mounted violin bow, for K. van der Meer Amsterdam
  • French soloist violin after J.B. Vuillaume - restorations, special price
  • Mittenwald violin, Johann Reiter, 1949, opus 254
  • German Markneukirchen violin bow with a blank frog
  • Otto Albert ("Pariser") Hoyer, lightweight violin bow, circa 1930
  • Excellent Markneukirchen violin by C. G. Schuster jun.
  • German violin by Ludwig Fritz Heberlein
  • Mario Bedocchi, fine Italian viola (certificate by Eric Blot)