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Sell your violin to Corilon violins


What do I need to know about selling my violin? Who buys violins?
Information and practical tips on selling your violin, viola or cello to Corilon violins


Selling a violin is never a simple affair: A proper assessment of a violin’s musical qualities, its possible value and whether it needs to be restored requires experience and expertise beyond the ken of most stringed instrument owners and small dealers. Moreover, few regional luthiers are willing to purchase instruments.

Many private owners and professional musicians have turned to Corilon violins as a serious and trustworthy partner when selling their violin, viola, cello or bow. Corilon violins offers years of experience in the trade, the competence of several luthiers who have specialized in setting up and restoring old instruments and a network of collaborating experts. We purchase old violins, violas, cellos and bows of quality that meet the standards of our diverse product range. As the owner of a valuable stringed instrument, you can also take advantage of our offer to sell your fine stringed instrument on consignment through our catalogue. Corilon violins has already helped the works of many esteemed master luthiers find their way to the right musician.

Should you be interested in selling a stringed instrument, simply send us a few clear digital photos by email that show the entire violin, body and scroll, from all sides. Include as well close-ups of any important details such as cracks, repairs and damage. There is no need for you to have it repaired or replace missing parts like broken strings beforehand—our workshop will take care of such matters upon purchase. Send your photos by e-mail to mail@corilon.com

Based on the first impression from your photos, we can in most cases make a reasonable purchase offer and ask you to send us your instrument. Since the price for a fine stringed instrument can only be conclusively determined by visual and physical inspection, we recommend that you start selling your violin by submitting photos to us. We hope you understand that we cannot make any statements without photographs, solely based on names and dates on labels or similar information.



New arrivals in our catalogue
  • Modern French soloist viola, Jacques Camurat, Paris 1963
  • Roger Lotte: French viola bow, Mirecourt
  • 3/4 - old German 3/4 violin after Stradivarius, dark tone
  • 3/4 - Old German violin after Jacobus Stainer, clear strong tone
  • Outstanding antique French violin, approx. 1880, large, warm tone
  • Fine French Paris master violin, Georges Defat, No. 87, 1942
  • Excellent French violin bow, Mirecourt approx. 1920
  • TONALLY OPTIMIZED: Interesting Southern Italian violin, early 20th century
  • 3/4 - antique French 3/4 violin, probably by JTL
  • Old German violin bow Markneukirchen, Mathias Thomä
  • 3/4 - antique French 3/4 violin, Mansuy
  • Markneukirchen violin bow of the 1950ies, Bausch model, bright, fluid tone
  • TONALLY IMPROVED: Good Schönbach viola, Ferdinand Fischer, 1935
  • 3/4 - warm and resonant sounding French 3/4 violin
  • Old French violin bow, J.T.L. "Sarasate maitre" model
  • Roger François Lotte, fine French violin bow (certificate J.F. Raffin)
  • Elegant Italian violin, Luigi Vistoli, Lugo 1943 (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)
  • Elegant old Markneukirchen violin, 1940's, oil varnished
  • Contemporary Italian violin, Cremona, Renato Superti (certificate Stefano Conia)
  • Lightweight, softish violin bow, silver mounted, Germany
  • Fine French master violin, Daniel Moinel, Paris, 1960's
  • Probably English violin bow, silver mounted, Hill model
  • Markneukirchen violin bow, bright, clear sound, lightweight
  • Albert Nürnberger: Powerful silver mounted violin bow