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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

Good quality 1980's German viola bow, silver mounted - warm, large tone

Inventory No.: B700
Provenance: Germany
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 67.1 g
Year: approx. 1980
Price: 890.0 €

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 €

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 €


Strong silver mounted viola bow, c1980, Markneukirchen, Germany -

Strong, silver mounted viola bow, c.1980, Markneukirchen, Germany

Inventory No.: A52
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 66.7 g
Year: approx. 1980
Price: 1600.0 €

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 €

Joseph Klimits, master viola ca. 1860 - top

Viola, probably Vienna, Joseph Klimits

Inventory No.: 687
Provenance: Vienna
Maker: Joseph Klimits
Length of back: 39.9 cm
Year: 1860 circa
Price: 3000.0 €


Contemporary Markneukirchen master viola, Jochen Voigt, 1982 - viola able

Contemporary Markneukirchen master viola, Jochen Voigt, 1982, for soloists

Inventory No.: A65
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Jochen Voigt
Length of back: 41.3 cm
Year: 1982
Price: 5000.0 €

Interesting 18th century Markneukirchen viola, 1780 / 1790

Interesting 18th century Markneukirchen viola, 1780 / 1790

Inventory No.: 4436
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 39.2 cm
Year: 1780 / 1790
Price: 6500.0 €

Fine Markneukirchen viola, Johann Christian Voigt II, 18th century - table

Fine Markneukirchen viola, Johann Christian Voigt II, 18th century

Inventory No.: 4411
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Johann Christian Voigt II
Length of back: 39.4 cm
Year: late 18th century
Price: 7500.0 €



New arrivals in our catalogue:
  • Antique German Saxon violin with a bright, warm tone
  • Antique French 3/4 cello by J.T.L., approx. 1880
  • Fine master violin by Marcus Klimke, contemporary elite violin maker
  • Fine English violin bow by Frank Napier / W.E. Hill & Sons (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)
  • Fine French violin bow by E. Sartory (certificate J.F. Raffin)
  • Old, 1940's Saxon violin, Markneukirchen, bright warm tones
  • Powerful older silver-mounted violin bow, Germany, by Klaus Ringer
  • Modern violin made in the French style, probably Czech or Hungarian
  • Antique Markneukirchen violin, by Schuster & Co. approx. 1900/1910
  • Antique German violin from Saxony, approx. 1920
  • German Markneukirchen violin, Heinrich Th. Heberlein Jr., 1937
  • Mario Gadda, modern Italian violin after Oreste Candi, 1984 (certificate Mario Gadda)
  • PRICE REDUCED: Mario Gadda, Italian violin after Stefano Scarampella
  • Old, silver mounted violin bow, after Lupot - noble, classy tone
  • Lothar Seifert, German master violin bow, silver
  • Good quality 1980's German viola bow, silver mounted - warm, large tone
  • Interesting English violin bow, stamped Dodd, 19th century
  • Antique 19th century Mittenwald violin, approx. 1870
  • 3/4 - German student violin, Bubenreuth, 1970ies
  • Rare German-English violin, Arnold Voigt, approx. 1890
  • Plinio Michetti, fine Italian violin, Turin, 1931 (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)
  • Interesting 1920's Italian violin, ascribed to Enrico Politi
  • Interesting historical violin by Johann Georg Leeb, Preßburg, 1786 (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)
  • Italian violin, Claudio Gamberini, soloist, circa 1930-50 (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)