Search:
corilon violins

Search

Instrument finder

What kind of sound are you
looking for?
You can select one or more search fields and combine them however you like.

Instruments
Provenance
Year
Tone

Archive

More detailed information about stringed instruments and the history of violin making.


corilon violins

“The finest approach to handling wood”: Hieronymus Köstler


Notes on Hieronymus Köstler, expert for old stringed instruments, restorer and luthier, in Stuttgart, Germany


One of the top addresses in the world of historic instruments is the Stuttgart atelier of Hieronymus Köstler, where valuable violin-making masterpieces have been restored, appraised and traded since 1982. Below is a brief portrait of the Stuttgart expert for historic stringed instruments. At the tender age of 16, Hieronymus Köstler left his home town of Munich to study at the highly acclaimed Violin-Making School of Mittenwald and to learn, as he put it, “no doubt the finest approach to handling wood.” After completing his training as the youngest of his class, he took up his trade and diligiently applied himself to becoming a master in restoring historic stringed instruments. Two years later he had become a journeyman under Max Möller in Amsterdam, and following that he took the plunge and went to London, one of the foremost cities for trading historic instruments. There he spent four years at the famous atelier of J. & A. Beare Ltd.


Upon returning to Stuttgart, Hieronymus Köstler found the ideal environment for opening his own business. A mere four years after his studio was founded, there were ten journeymen in his employ, and he made his way into the small and exclusive circle of internationally renowned experts in restoring and appraising older stringed instruments. Köstler's appraisals enjoy the utmost confidence among musicians, collectors, merchants and investors around the world. It is obvious that violin expert Hieronymus Köstler's work as an appraiser is enhanced by the specialist knowledge and practical experience he gained as a violin maker and restorer. But the inverse is true as well: his finely-honed sensitivity as an expert informs the hands-on work he does on instruments. One of his guiding principles is not to allow the original to be altered by the restoration. If original wood is present, none of it should be removed: this means that any corrective procedure can be reversed if it turns out not to be ideal. Such strict and carefully considered standards have not only benefited the valuable historic instruments that are restored in Hieronymus Köstler's atelier – they also serve the many journeymen well who perfect their craft there.


Hieronymus Köstler · Hohenzollernstraße 16 · 70178 Stuttgart · GERMANY
Phone: +49 711 601 602

Related articles:

Contemporary violin makers - the modern artisans

Eric Blot, expert of Cremona and Italian violin making

Jean-François Raffin: ten hours - and not a word

Le Canu-Millant: lutherie and expertise

Vatelot-Rampal: on the art of healing violins

Beares, London: expertise in changing times

W. E. Hill & Sons – on the Mt. Parnassus of the art of violin making

The Mittenwald violin making competition and other contests

Mittenwald: violin making “in the midst of the forest”

Markneukirchen: violin making in “German Cremona”

Mirecourt: the spacious home of French violin making

Jean Baptiste Vuillaume

E. Sartory: the modern classic of bow making

François Xavier Tourte, founding father of the modern violin bow

Bow maker and entrepreneur H. R. Pfretzschner

Hopf: a dynasty of Vogtland violin makers

Silent electric violins - a guide to technical standards and quality characteristics

How to select a violin, provenance, value and violin appraisal

Jérôme Thibouville-Lamy - JTL

New arrivals in our catalogue
  • Franco Abanelli, Italian violin - Bologna, 1997
  • Outstanding Czech Violin by Mathias Heinicke, student of Eugeni Degani in Venice, 1911
  • From the estate of Prof. Günter Szkokan: Fine viola by Ferdinand Kugler, Vienna, 1973
  • From the estate of Prof. Günter Szkokan: Edwin Lothar Herrmann, silver mounted German viola bow
  • Lothar Seifert, strong silver mounted viola bow, c.1980
  • Lightweight violin bow by Otto Dürrschmidt, silver mounted
  • F. C. Pfretzschner, powerful, active violin bow - silver
  • Cremonese master violin, Piergiuseppe Esposti, 1998 (certificate Piergiuseppe Esposti)
  • German Violin by Ludwig Gläsel jr., Markneukirchen
  • Recommendable Italian violin, 1970's, probably Giudici - warm, golden sound
  • Old German violin, c.1900, with a warm, large sound
  • Outstanding German violin, Saxony approx. 1910
  • Ernst Heinrich Roth, Markneukirchen, fine 1922 violin - Guarnerius model
  • Powerful Mittenwald violin from the Mittenwald violin-making school, 1960's
  • Outstanding Markneukirchen violin bow, approx. 1910
  • WORKED OVER/ NEW SOUND SAMPLE: 3/4 - violin, elegant French "Copie de Stradivari"
  • Fine Viennese master violin by Franz Angerer, 1898
  • Old French violin bow, J.T.L. "Sarasate maitre" model
  • Fine German violin bow, Knopf workshop, approx. 1890
  • Contemporary Italian violin, Gianni Norcia, Bologna
  • STOLEN: Léon Victor Mougenot 1912, French violin,
  • Modern Italian violin, Luigi Agostinelli, 1953
  • Contemporary French violin, Alain Moinier, Mirecourt, 1992, No. 57
  • Modern French soloist viola, Jacques Camurat, Paris 1958