“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. The violin is made entirely of wood, the scroll, the usually two-piece back and sides of maple or sycamore, the usually two-piece top of spruce, fingerboard and pegs of ebony or rosewood. The tone wood is seasoned for several years. The violin as a stringed instrument has evolved since its invention by Amati, culminating in the work of Stradivari. A violin is traditionally handcrafted by a luthier from rough blocks of wood over several months of work. A good violin is a high quality handmade instrument, passed down from generation to generation. It is said that old violins sound better than new ones. Corilon violins online catalogue features unique antique violins 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 as a desirable alternative with a good investment value. Discover historic German, French and Italian violins for sale online, and view our special selections of small sized violins, fine violas, cellos and violin bows. Corilon violins 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. Take a look at our helpful information on signs of quality and value of an old violin.
German, French and Italian violins online
We present a hand-selected collection of antique violins for sale; these attractive full size violins 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. Purchase violins with confidence at Corilon - we guarantee every violin in our catalogue. Buy German, French and Italian violins online at Corilon violins - at Corilon violins you can also buy violin accessories and cases. Follow the link to see some of the violins we have sold and find information on violin cost, maintenance and history of your stringed instrument in our library. Find German, French and Italian violins and master violins 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.
About Italian violins
Italian violins, especially violins from Cremona, 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 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 lutes and violins 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 instruments were more popular than the Italian classics up until the early 19th century. In the 20th century, a new circle of excellent masters formed on the fringes of the violin making school in Cremona. Yet the major role of this historic venue should not detract from the virtues of other regional Italian violin making traditions that also featured perfectly crafted and distinctive pieces which are worthy heirs of Amati, Stradivari and Guarneri – and continually re-interpret the Italian violin anew. Italian violins for sale with a magnificent sound and outstanding craftsmanship from the cradle of violin making.
What is a good violin made of?
A good violin is traditionally handmade by a luthier from raw blocks of wood, the tonewood. The tonewood is seasoned for several decades before a violin is made, to remove moisture as much as possible and to prevent the wood from structurally working and warping with changes in temperature and humidity. The violin is made of a carved scroll made of maple or sycamore, the one or two piece back made of maple or sycamore, ribs made of maple, a one or two piece top made of spruce; as well as the wear parts pegs, fingerboard and tailpiece, which are replaced over the decades. The softer boxwood is also used for pegs and tailpiece, but it is less durable than hard wood like ebony. The acoustic elements of the violin are the soundpost, bridge and bass bar. These have a significant influence on the violin's sound and are regularly modified or replaced by the luthier. The violin pinciple evolved in Italy from its invention by Amati, culminating in the work of Stradivari. Read more on the history of the violin in our library section.