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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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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 €

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: 1600.0 €

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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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Contemporary Italian viola, Paolo Maglia 1990's - top

Contemporary Italian viola, Paolo Maglia 1990's

Inventory No.: 4277
Provenance: Italy
Maker: Paolo Maglia
Length of back: 41.7 cm
Year: 1991
Price: 2800.0 €

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New arrivals in our catalogue:
  • Charming antique French violin after Antonio Stradivari
  • Georg Klotz, 1766: Fine Mittenwald violin (Georg Kloz)
  • WORKED OVER AND OPTIMIZED: Modern Italian 7/8 violin, Carlo Melloni, 1932 (certificate Eric Blot)
  • WORKED OVER AND OPTIMIZED: Italian violin in the Otello Bignami tradition
  • Good Schönbach viola, Ferdinand Fischer, 1935
  • Markneukirchen violin bow of the 1950ies, bright, fluid tone
  • Contemporary German soloist violin, Bernhard Gerstner, Ulm 1995
  • Markneukirchen viola bow, silver mounted, Arnold Stoess
  • Old Mittenwald violin, Josef Rieger, 1927
  • 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
  • Historic master violin from the Vogtland region, circa 1780-1800
  • Powerful 1920's Southern Italian violin with a radiant, brilliant sound
  • Good 1940's violin bow from Markneukirchen, warm, mellow tone
  • Contemporary English master violin bow, John W. Stagg, 1990's
  • Old, Brilliant toned Markneukirchen violin, 1920's
  • PRICE REDUCED: Dutch bass viol by Theo Dellen, Voorburg (viola da gamba)
  • Roger & Max Millant, fine French violin, 1944
  • Old Czech violin - "The Metro Violin Class"
  • Decorated, antique 1850's German Klingenthal violin