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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
    • Old Mittenwald violin, J. A. Baader, No. 4908
    • Antique ornate violin from Saxony, c.1910
    • Excellent silver mounted violin bow, stamped Felix Martin
    • Fine master violin bow by C.A. Hoyer, Markneukirchen
    • Excellent German violin bow after Lupot, approx. 1940
    • SALE 1920's German violin by Otto Ebner, Augsburg
    • German oil varnished violin from Saxony, approx. 1940
    • SALE Claude A. Thomassin, fine French violin bow (certificate J. F. Raffin)
    • French Richelme violin No. 23, Marseille 1869 - collector's piece
    • Older English violin, made in the 1940's - warm, golden tone
    • German master violin, Otto Gläsel, Gelsenkirchen
    • MARMA, silver violin bow after Sartory, approx. 1920
    • Antique French 1/2 violin, J.T.L. Compagnon c.1880
    • SALE Italian violin from the 1970's - warm, mellow sound
    • WORKED OVER AND IMPROVED: Fine master violin, 1940's. Probably American
    • Contemporary English violin, Elspeth Noble 1991 - Guarnerius model
    • Excellent French violin. Collin-Mézin (fils), 1947, "Le Victorieux", No. 120
    • Charming French violin, Marque Apparut,  made in 1936
    • SALE Attractive old Czech violin, a beautiful Stradivarius model
    • Recommendable Czech viola, made in the Italian style
    • Interesting violin, probably Italian 1920's
    • SALE Fine Viennese master violin, c.1910
    • H. Derazey workshop, large 19th century French violin
    • Powerful Markneukirchen violin, approx. 1940. Guarnerius model