"A violin's age is not counted in years but in moments of bliss"
For many musicians, a violin is more than just an instrument. Especially old violins with their mature, individual character are true companions in orchestra playing, chamber music and solo performance. Corilon violins online catalogue features unique antique violins for sale that inspire the serious player with their delicate workmanship, selected wood and fine antique varnish. Beginners and advanced players alike appreciate older violins for their richness in tone and rare violins as a desirable alternative with a good investment value. Discover historic German, French and Italian violins for sale online at Corilon, and view our special selections of small sized violins and valuable violins. We will be happy to suggest the best violins and suggest a suitable bow - email us for recommendations. You may search our website for details of violins for sale by a special maker origin or sound by typing e. g. "Italian violin", "warm sound", or "French violin" into the search box. Corilon violins online catalog presents violins for students as well as precious antique violins for high playing demands, which inspire with their quality workmanship, selected woods and fine sound.
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We present a hand-selected collection of antique violins for sale; these attractive full size violins from Germany, France and Italy feature a wide range of different characteristics and date back to different periods. Carefully selected antique violins, Italian violins, beautiful old violas, and top-quality violin bows and other fine stringed instruments full of personality and character are competently are lovingly restored by our violin maker and made ready to play. Buy valuable German, French and Italian violins online at Corilon violins - here you can also find a small selection of good and affordable violin accessories and cases.
Follow the link to find information on violin price, tips on maintenance and information on the history of your stringed instrument in our library. Find a large variety of German, French and Italian violins for sale in a unique price spectrum at Corilon violins: each violin presented with an audio sound sample, 30 days returns, trade guarantee, optional certificate, professionally worked over and approved by our qualified violin makers. Purchase violins with confidence at Corilon - we guarantee every violin in our catalogue.
Italian violins - a legend
Italian violins enjoy an outstanding reputation in the music world and are widely regarded as the ultimate in virtuoso artisanry and excellent acoustic properties. And this belief not only applies solely to the Italian masterpieces of the “golden age” of Cremona in which Antonio Stradivari, Nicolò Amati and Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesù brought the modern violin model to the heights which to this day serve as the internationally acknowledged and unsurpassed standard of artisanry.
It is their accomplishments and the craft tradition of Italian violins and lutes dating far back to the late Middle Ages which even allowed the Cremonese to achieve what they did, and over the centuries their traditions assumed the nature of a benchmark standard that served as a point of reference, even for the characteristic styles of violin making traditions in other countries.
For example, Italy served as an indispensable source of both knowledge and inspiration as well as premium-quality materials for the work of such masters as Tyrolean Jakob Stainer, whose violins were more popular than the Italian classics up until the early 19th century. In the 20th century, a new circle of excellent contemporary violin makers in Cremona formed on the fringes of the violin making school in Cremona.
The Violin - things to know
The violin is the smallest stringed instrument of the violin family consisting of violin, viola, cello and double bass. The violin developed in the 16th century in Italy from its invention by the luthier Amati, culminating in the work of Antonio Stradivari. A violin consists of a carved scroll made of maple or sycamore, the one-piece or two-piece back made of flamed maple or sycamore, sides made of maple, the one-piece or two-piece top made of spruce. The wood used to make the violin is called tonewood.
About the violin, a bowed stringed instrument
The violin is a stringed instrument made of wood that is bowed with a violin bow. A violin has four violin strings with the tuning G-D-A-E. Although the terms violin and fiddle are often mixed, they are different musical instruments. The fiddle is a medieval stringed instrument that is considered the precursor of the violin. Since the invention of the violin by the Amati family of violin makers in Italy in the 16th century, the violin has found its unrivaled pinnacle in the work of Antonio Stradivari to this day. Traditionally, the musical instrument violin was made by hand by a violin maker, in the 19th century also in manufactories. Nowadays, most violins for beginners come from factories in China.
A violin is traditionally handcrafted by a luthier from rough blocks of wood. The tonewood is seasoned for several decades before a violin is made to remove as much moisture as possible and to prevent the wood from structurally working and warping with changes in temperature and humidity. The light brown boxwood is used in the pegs and tailpieces, but is less durable than hard woods like ebony or rosewood.
The acoustic elements of the violin are the soundpost, bridge and bass bar. These significantly influence the sound and are regularly modified or renewed by the luthier. As usually expensive and high quality handwork, good violins are passed down from generation to generation. It is said that an old violin sounds better than a new one.
Read more on the history of the violin in our library section and take a look at our helpful information on signs of quality and value of an old violin.
The longer an old violin is played, the more beautiful its sound grows