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Violas and viola bows

The viola's austere and dark sound may be the main reason why this instrument is thought of as the violin's melancholy big sister. Playing an essential role in chamber and orchestral music, the solo repertoire for the viola is a predominantly modern phenomenon, the instrument's special qualities were overlooked for a very long time. Today violas can be widely heard in film scores, and important soloists such as Kim Kashkashian are exploring new spheres by bringing the viola into jazz and world music. Our online catalogue presents a selection of interesting old and antique violas and master violas with rich, resonant and warm sounds. The "violas" section also features our online selection of viola bows. Search our website for violas for sale of a special maker or origin by typing e. g. "German viola", "French viola" or "Italian viola" into the search box. Buy and try old violas, viola bows and master violas online at Corilon violins, each one selected for sound and condition, professionally restored by our qualified violin makers and offered ready to play.

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Older German viola bow, silver mounted - frog

Older German viola bow, silver mounted - a strong player

Inventory No.: A68
Provenance: Germany
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 65.8 g
Year: 1960 / 1970
Price: 550.0 €

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Silver mounted German viola bow, G. Rudi Steinel - frog

Silver mounted German viola bow, G. Rudi Steinel

Inventory No.: B721
Provenance: Germany
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 69.2 g
Year: approx. 1980
Price: 750.0 €

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Old German viola bow - W. Seifert

Strong, active viola bow - Germany, 1970's, W. Seifert

Inventory No.: B698
Provenance: Germany
Maker: Seifert
Length of back: 68.7 g
Year: approx. 1970
Price: 950.0 €


1/2 - French small-sized viola

French Mirecourt 1/2 sized viola

Inventory No.: 1599
Provenance: Mirecourt
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 30.1 cm
Year: approx. 1900
Price: 950.0 €

Good antique Markneukirchen viola, approx. 1900 - table

Good antique Markneukirchen viola, approx. 1900

Inventory No.: A75
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 39.2 cm
Year: approx. 1900
Price: 1350.0 €

Wolfgang Uebel, Viola da Gamba, 1975

REDUCED: Soprano Viola da gamba by Wolfgang Uebel

Inventory No.: 1359
Provenance: Celle
Maker: Wolfgang Uebel
Length of back: 41.5 cm
Year: 1975
Price: 1500.0 €

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Fine Markneukirchen viola bow, silver mounted, Arnold Stoess - frog

Markneukirchen viola bow, silver mounted, Arnold Stoess

Inventory No.: A74
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Arnold Stoess
Length of back: 60.6 g
Year: approx. 1940
Price: 1500.0 €

French 1/2 viola, approx. 1900 - table

Rare French 1/2 viola, approx. 1900

Inventory No.: 2908
Provenance: Mirecourt
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 31.3 cm
Year: approx. 1900
Price: 1500.0 €

English viola by Alan McDougall - table

English viola by Alan McDougall

Inventory No.: 2740
Provenance: Middleham,Leyburn
Maker: Alan McDougall
Length of back: 41.5 cm
Year: 1986
Price: 1500.0 €


French viola bow, J. Thibouville-Lamy - frog

French viola bow for N. Audinot, silver, J. Thibouville-Lamy (certificate J. F. Raffin)

Inventory No.: B708
Provenance: Mirecourt
Maker: J. Thibouville-Lamy
Length of back: 66.4 g
Year: 1920
Price: 1800.0 €

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Antique Czech viola, Carl Hammerschmid, Wakkenreuth/Fleissen - Top

Antique Czech viola, Carl Hammerschmid, Wakkenreuth/Fleissen

Inventory No.: 4421
Provenance: Wakkenreuth/Fleissen
Maker: Carl Hammerschmid
Length of back: 39.7 cm
Year: approx. 1900
Price: 1800.0 €

Good Schönbach viola, Ferdinand Fischer, 1935- table

Good Schönbach viola, Ferdinand Fischer, 1935

Inventory No.: 4551
Provenance: Schönbach
Maker: Ferdinand Fischer
Length of back: 39.2 cm
Year: 1935
Price: 2500.0 €

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New arrivals in our catalogue:
  • French viola bow for N. Audinot, silver, J. Thibouville-Lamy (certificate J. F. Raffin)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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