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A guide to buying an instrument for our Swiss customers

A guide to buying a good violin, viola or cello for our Swiss customers


Most people who are looking for a good violin, viola, cello or bow in Switzerland start out by going to a violin shop. At most violin shops, however, the selection is tailored to beginners or students, which does not meet the needs of advanced musicians, let alone professionals. Luthiers in the region are often a better place to find high-quality violins, violas, celli, basses and bows. These violin makers offer customized consultation and competent assistance, yet at the same time they frequently feature only a small number of instruments. If neither of these sources leads to a suitable instrument, all that remains is the Internet, which can be bewildering in its boundlessness: the range of new and old violins is nearly endless, and it is extremely difficult to assess their quality, condition and value through the monitor of your computer.

As a specialist in fine stringed instruments, Corilon violins builds a bridge between the virtual cosmos of the online world and musical reality. Located in Munich, we provide an exclusive selection of old stringed instruments each one carefully chosen by experts, meticulously restored at our atelier and made ready to play by our experienced luthiers. Professional musicians, amateurs and students can all find vintage instruments with a distinctive historic profile, instruments which also offer outstanding musical properties at surprisingly affordable prices. Furthermore, many of our international clients benefit from the advantageous exchange rates.

Musicians from Switzerland can turn to Corilon violins as an easily accessible online resource for a unique collection of historic violins, violas, celli and bows. Corilon has delighted a growing number of musicians and music teachers throughout all of Switzerland. An excellent way to make a preliminary selection of the instruments which appeal to you is to consult our online catalogue, which is full of detailed high-resolution photos and compelling audio clips. If you prefer to test selected instruments in our store, please call for an appointment. Once you have set up a personal appointment to become acquainted with the instruments you are interested in, we look forward to welcoming you at our atelier in Munich.

If you are in the southern cantons or if Corilon is too far away for your convenience, you can rely upon our experience in internationally shipping violins, violas and bows. With our guaranteed 30-day return policy, we are a reliable partner for buying instruments easily and without any risk.


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New arrivals in our catalogue
  • SALE: Antique German violin, 1920's, Markneukirchen
  • Interesting violin, probably Italian 1920's
  • Justin Derazey, French violin dated approx. 1880
  • Fine Mittenwald violin. After Aegidius Kloz, c.1800
  • SALE: German violin. Made in the 1950's
  • Fine French violin bow. Marie Louis Piernot, Paris (certificate J. F. Raffin)
  • Fine Italian violin. Milanese, Liuteria Italiana Luigi Mozzani, 1921
  • Antique German violin. Max Osterode, Stuttgart, 1915 No. 23
  • German Markneukirchen violin bow, approx. 1940 - warm tone
  • 1/4 - Rare French 1/4 violin, approx. 1850
  • Petite French viola: Joseph Nicolas fils, Mirecourt, 1849
  • Excellent old German violin bow. Sweet, fluid sound, 1950's
  • German Markneukirchen violin bow, silver, with a blank frog
  • 19th century violin from Mittenwald, approx. 1850
  • Fine contemporary viola bow. Rudolf Neudörfer, Bubenreuth
  • Petite, late 18th century Italian violin, central Italy (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)
  • H. R. Pfretzschner viola bow, a strong player, c. 1940
  • Christian Friedrich Meinel, master violin from the Vogtland region, circa 1760
  • 18th century English violin, approx. 1760. Probably James Preston
  • Fine soloist violin by Nicolò Gagliano, 1762 (certificate J. & A. Beare) - financial investment
  • Giuseppe Pedrazzini, fine Italian violin (certificate J. & A. Beare) - financial investment
  • Bavarian violin from the Krauss workshop, Landshut 1954
  • Fine cello bow. Joseph Alfred Lamy père, Paris, c.1895 (certificate J.-F. Raffin)
  • Fine Mittenwald master violin, c.1740, Sebastian Klotz circle