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Violin certification | Certificates and appraisals


We offer a guarantee on every instrument in our catalogue.


Certificates and appraisals are an important cornerstone of the confidence you need when you select an old stringed instrument – and they are key for insuring your instrument appropriately. Reliable verification of your instrument's provenance is an issue that requires greater knowledge than can usually be provided by those who are only qualified as craftsmen.




Owner & Director:

Dr. Annette T. M. Roeben



Corilon violins has meticulously studied over 4,000 good and fine stringed instruments, violins, violas and cellos representing a wide variety of price categories, historic periods and regional provenance – a vast range of experience which guarantees solid violin certification and appraisals for all of the instruments in our catalogue. In addition, you can order a certificate of appraisal for every string instrument and bow we offer so you can have official confirmation of important information about the provenance, age, structural details and current value of your instrument. Depending on the prices of the instrument, the fee for issuing a certificate ranges from € 100 to € 200. The cost of each individual certificate is automatically displayed in the course of placing the order; as soon as you place the instrument in the shopping cart, you are given the additional option of ordering a certificate.

Furthermore, some of our especially valuable and rare masterpieces and each French violin bow of value already include certificates from renowned independent appraisers; amongst them are J. F. Raffin, the leading Paris-based expert for French bows; Stuttgart luthier and appraiser Hieronymus Köstler; and Cremonese master Eric Blot. If such certificates are already present, we will inform you about it in the extensive description found in our online catalogue; you will also have the opportunity to see the certificate online.

Our special areas of competence include German, French, English and Italian stringed instruments of good and superior quality, many of which come to us with inadequate documentation. In this regard, we offer semi-professional musicians and demanding amateurs greater security than is commonly available when it comes to being protected against fakes and replicas.

We do not offer a certificate service for instruments not being sold through our catalogue.

Browse our special online selections of old violin bows, the "Violins" section features our attractive selection of violins with audio sound samples.



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    Corilon violins • Lilienstrasse 2 • D-81669 München • Germany
    Phone: +49 (0)89-444 19 619 • Fax: +49 (0)89-444 19 620
    mail@corilon.comwww.corilon.com


    New arrivals in our catalogue
    • Fine French 3/4 violin from Mirecourt, approx. 1900
    • Outstanding German 1950'ies violin - professional violinist's recommendation!
    • Interesting Master violin, probably from Prague, Johann Georg Hellmer replica
    • Antique c.1920 French 1/2 sized violin
    • Powerful Mittenwald violin, J. Sailer
    • Saxon violin after J. Stainer,  c.1920
    • Antique Czech/Bohemian violin, by Joseph Brandner Schönbach
    • Old German Violin. Stradivarius model by Hermann Dölling jr., ca. 1910
    • Attractive French violin by J.T.L. - Jerome Thibouville-Lamy
    • Petite, late 18th century Italian violin, central Italy (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)
    • Interesting antique Czech master violin. Probably Prague, 1880's
    • WORKED OVER AND IMPROVED: Fine 18th century violin, Franz Knitl, Freising, 1769
    • Old Italian violin, Stefano Caponetti (certificate Christian Lijsen)
    • Old Mittenwald violin, J. A. Baader, No. 4908
    • Fine French Georges Apparut violin, 1934
    • Georges Coné: French soloist violin no. 73. Lyon, 1937
    • Giuseppe Pedrazzini, fine Italian violin (certificate J. & A. Beare)
    • Premium violin by Meinel & Herold, Markneukirchen - violinist's recommendation!
    • Attractive old Czech violin after Ruggeri. Made approx. 1920
    • German violin by Meinel & Herold, Klingenthal, c.1940
    • Silver mounted Alfred Knoll viola bow
    • Fine antique French 3/4 sized violin, noble sound
    • German 3/4 violin. A fine small instrument
    • Fine Viennese cello, approx. 1800 - 1820