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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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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 €


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: 1400.0 €

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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 €


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 €

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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

Extremely powerful: Contemporary Markneukirchen master viola, Jochen Voigt, 1982

Inventory No.: A65
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Jochen Voigt
Length of back: 41.3 cm
Year: 1982
Price: 5900.0 €

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 €

Baroque viola in original condition, Josef Klotz school

Rare Baroque viola, Josef Klotz circle, c.1800 (certificate Christian Lijsen)

Inventory No.: A37
Provenance: Mittenwald
Maker: Josef Klotz circle
Length of back: 37.4 cm
Year: 1800/1820
Price: 9500.0 €



New arrivals in our catalogue:
  • French violin No. 388 by Amédée Dieudonné, 1948
  • Outstanding antique French violin, approx. 1850, sweet tone
  • Powerful Mittenwald violin by Ottomar Hausmann
  • Outstanding German violin, Saxony approx. 1920
  • Old silver mounted cello bow, probably H. R. Pfretzschner, strong and active
  • Recommendable antique German violin with a warm, resonant sound
  • Old Mittenwald violin by Neuner & Hornsteiner, Landolfi model, 1929
  • Elegant old Markneukirchen violin, 1940's, oil varnished
  • Fine unstamped master Cello bow, Markneukirchen, 1910/1920
  • Fine silver mounted cello bow, Gustav Prager, approx. 1930
  • Mario Gadda, modern Italian violin after Oreste Candi, 1984
  • 1/8 - French 1/8 violin by J.T.L.
  • Mario Gadda, Italian violin after Stefano Scarampella
  • Antique German violin after Maggini, Markneukirchen, approx. 1900
  • German Silver mounted violin bow: bright, somewhat mellow tone
  • Excellent old German violin bow, 1930's, Johannes Adler
  • 19th century: Antique German violin from Saxony, c.1850
  • Very beautiful Viennese cello, approx. 1800 - 1820
  • 3/4 - powerful old German 3/4 violin, prob. A. C. Glier
  • Old Czech violin - "The Metro Violin Class"
  • WORKED OVER AND TONALLY OPTIMIZED: Mittenwald violin, Johann Reiter 1961
  • Bavarian master violin, approx. 1800 (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)
  • Fine Markneukirchen master violin, 1940's: Large, mature tone
  • Good German violin bow, W. E. Dörfler