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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
  • Fine Hopf master violin, Klingenthal approx. 1800
  • Italian violin, Vittorio Mutti, Castiglione 1940 (certificate by J.-J. Rampal)
  • SALE Antique violin. Saxony, c.1890
  • Fine 19th century violin, probably Vienna
  • Contemporary Italian viola, Guido Trotta, Cremona 1993
  • Luigi Vistoli, Italian violin made in 1943 (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)
  • German orchestra violin, Mittenwald
  • Warm, matured, resonant sounds: Old violin from Saxony
  • Fine quality Czech master violin by Ladislav Prokop, 1941
  • SALE Contemporary Italian master violin by Nicola Vendrame, Venice
  • Antique Saxon violin after J. Stainer,  c.1920
  • Fine antique Mittenwald violin, approx. 1880
  • Antique French violin. Made in approximately 1880
  • Interesting English violin no. 47 by Jeffery James Gilbert, 1886
  • Powerful Markneukirchen violin, approx. 1940. Stradivarius model
  • SALE Fine Baroque violin in original condition - circa 1800
  • SALE Violin by J.T.L., approx. 1900
  • Fine French soloist violin by Joseph Laurent Mast, 1823
  • Interesting, probably English violin. Circa 1800
  • SALE Fine Italian violin by Liuteria Luigi Mozzani, 1921, No. 47
  • SALE Modern Italian violin by Loris Lanini, 1927 (certificate by Machold)
  • SALE Master violin by Wenzl Fuchs, Erlangen
  • Fine violin by Joseph Kantuscher. Mittenwald, 1973 op. 308
  • French violin bow by Charles Alfred Bazin (certificate by J.-F. Raffin)