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Violas

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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Silver mounted viola bow, W. R. Wild  - frog

Silver mounted viola bow, W. R. Wild

Inventory No.: B703
Provenance: Mittenwald
Maker: W.R. Wild for GEWA
Length of back: 69.8
Year: approx. 1980
Price: 450.0 €

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Silver mounted German viola bow, active and strong

Silver mounted German viola bow, active and strong

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 €

Markneukirchen viola, approx. 1900 - table

Good Markneukirchen viola, approx. 1900

Inventory No.: A72
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 40.8 cm
Year: approx. 1900
Price: 1500.0 €

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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 €


Robert Barth, Stuttgart: attractive viola - table

Robert Barth, Stuttgart: attractive viola

Inventory No.: 3611
Provenance: Stuttgart
Maker: Robert Barth
Length of back: 39.8 cm
Year: approx. 1920
Price: 2800.0 €

Modern mid 20th century English viola, oil varnished - viola top

Modern mid 20th century English viola, oil varnished

Inventory No.: 4298
Provenance: England
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 41.8 cm
Year: approx. 1950
Price: 2900.0 €

Italian viola, by Paolo Maglia 1991

Contemporary Italian viola, Paolo Maglia 1990's

Inventory No.: 4277
Provenance: Italy
Maker: Paolo Maglia
Length of back: 41.7 cm
Year: 1991
Price: 2950.0 €



New arrivals in our catalogue:
  • TONALLY OPTMIZED: Mittenwald violin by Matthias Klotz, 1981
  • 3/4 - Old German violin after Jacobus Stainer, clear strong tone
  • French violin from Mirecourt, approx. 1900
  • French violin from Mirecourt, 1930's, with a "French" tone
  • Antique German violin from Saxony, classical model, approx. 1880
  • Old, 1920's Saxon violin, Markneukirchen, bright tones
  • Italian violin, Naples, late 19th century
  • Fine Markneukirchen viola, Johann Christian Voigt II, 18th century
  • German 1920's violin bow, Max Schäffner, Hamburg
  • 19th century, fine Bavarian violin, copy of Niccolo Amati
  • Max König, Munich, rare violin dated 1907
  • Jules Sirgent, Paris, fine antique French violin patterned after Guarneri
  • Antique German Saxon violin with a bright, clear tone
  • Antique Czech viola, Carl Hammerschmid, Wakkenreuth/Fleissen
  • Old German "Conservatory violin" after Stradivari, approx. 1930
  • Brilliant sound: old Markneukirchen violin after Amati
  • LEASE ONLY: Contemporary Cremonese master violin, Daniele Scolari
  • Fine master violin bow by Hermann Richard Pfretzschner
  • Fine H. R. Pfretzschner violin bow, silver mounted - masterpiece
  • LEASE ONLY: Plinio Michetti, a fine old Italian violin, Torino
  • Contemporary Markneukirchen master viola, Jochen Voigt, 1982
  • 1/2 - Handmade 1/2 violin with a strong, warm sound
  • Eckart Richter, fine contemporary master violin from Markneukirchen, 1995
  • Modern mid 20th century English viola, oil varnished