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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 a 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 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.

Instruments priced at or above € 10,000 include the certificate.

Furthermore, some of our especially valuable and rare masterpieces 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.



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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 Czech violin after Niccolo Amati, c.1900
    • Recommendable antique Markneukirchen violin with a dark, brilliant sound
    • Contemporary Italian violin, Gianni Norcia, Bologna
    • 7/8 - "Lady's violin", 7/8 violin, by Schuster & Co., c.1910
    • Old, 1940's Saxon violin, Markneukirchen, warm tones
    • Modern French soloist viola, Jacques Camurat, Paris 1958
    • French violin bow, atelier Charles Louis Bazin (certificate J.F. Raffin)
    • Modern Mittenwald viola, Matthias Klotz 1982
    • 3/4 - antique French 3/4 violin, Breton model
    • Silver-mounted violin bow, for K. van der Meer Amsterdam
    • Fine Markneukirchen violin bow after Sartory, sweet, sophisticated tone
    • Markneukirchen violin bow, bright, clear sound, lightweight
    • 3/4 - German 3/4 violin bow, approx. 1950
    • Excellent French violin, Collin-Mézin (fils), 1936, No. 671
    • Interesting Southern Italian violin, ascribed to Enrico Politi
    • Brilliant toned Markneukirchen master violin, around 1960
    • German violin, Bubenreuth, probably Framus 1970's
    • Old German violin, Saxony, approx. 1930
    • François Fent, a fine historic French viola of the late 18th century (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)
    • Franco Albanelli, 1991: A fine contemporary Italian violin (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)
    • Antique German violin by Wolff brothers, Kreuznach, 1905
    • 3/4 - old Mittenwald 3/4 violin: mature, clear sound
    • Lothar Seifert, German master violin bow, silver
    • Atelier Albert Marissal, Lille: French violin No. 50B, 1948