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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.

Standard instruments younger than 50 years do not match our catalogue and will not be accepted.

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 an old 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.



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New arrivals in our catalogue
  • Antique German violin. 19th century from Saxony, approx. 1880
  • WORKED OVER AND IMPROVED French violin,Charles Simonin, approx. 1860
  • WORKED OVER AND IMPROVED Bavarian master violin, approx. 1800 (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)
  • WORKED OVER AND IMPROVED Petite, late 18th century Italian violin (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)
  • Modern Markneukirchen viola, 1970's
  • French master violin bow, c.1890, Charles Nicolas Bazin (certificate J.-F. Raffin)
  • Mario Gadda: Italian violin suitable for soloists, 1985 - radiant tone
  • NEW SOUND SAMPLE: Contemporary Markneukirchen master viola, Jochen Voigt, 1982, for soloists
  • Fine and excellent Cello bow. Copy of Eugene Sartory, Markneukirchen, 1910/1920
  • Markneukirchen violin by C. A. Götz, 1937
  • Old Markneukirchen 3/4 violin, c.1940
  • Old Markneukirchen violin with a warm sound, 1930's
  • SALE Fine antique French 3/4 sized violin, noble sound
  • German violin bow. Very good playing qualities
  • Charles Nicolas Bazin: fine and powerful French cello bow (certificate J.-F. Raffin)
  • Matthias Klotz 1982: Modern Mittenwald viola
  • 19th century violin from Mittenwald, approx. 1850
  • Italian violin, Raffaele Calace e figlio 1929
  • MARMA, silver violin bow after Sartory, approx. 1920
  • WORKED OVER AND IMPROVED: Old Italian violin, Stefano Caponetti (certificate Christian Lijsen)
  • Antique German violin after Stainer, c.1910
  • Contemporary English violin, Elspeth Noble 1991 - Guarnerius model
  • Fine 18th century violin, Klotz circle, approx. 1790 (certificate Hieronyms Köstler)
  • Contemporary Italian violin by Giovanni Lazzaro, Padua 1990