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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
  • 3/4 -Antique 3/4 violin from Mittenwald, c.1880
  • Charles Louis Bazin: fine and powerful French cello bow (certificate J.-F. Raffin)
  • SALE: Old Mittenwald violin, J. A. Baader, c.1900
  • Bohemian student violin, c.1960/1970
  • 3/4 - warm and resonant sounding French 3/4 violin
  • SALE: Modern Italian violin, Piero Virdis, Pattada 2002 (certificate Piero Virdis)
  • SALE: Fine 18th century violin, Franz Knitl, Freising, 1769
  • Magnificent French violin, François Caussin, Neufchateau approx. 1850 (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)
  • TONALLY IMPROVED: Fine violin by Ernst Heinrich Roth, 1962 (certificate E. H. Roth)
  • Fine quality viola by Ernst Heinrich Roth, 1958
  • 1/2 - Mittenwald violin, Sebastian Hornsteiner, 1970
  • 3/4 - small antique 3/4 sized Mittenwald violin, Eugen Gärtner stock
  • Fine 18th century violin, Klotz circle, approx. 1790 (certificate Hieronyms Köstler)
  • Christoph Götting, contemporary elite master violin
  • Giovanni Lazzaro, Padova 1990: Italian violin
  • Modern Italian violin, probably Luigi Mozzani, 1941
  • Italian violin, Luigi Vistoli, Lugo 1943 (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)
  • Raffaello Bozzi,  Milano, 1939: Italian violin (certificate Cesare Magrini)
  • Old Italian violin, Officina Claudio Monteverde, Cremona 1921
  • Hopf, Klingenthal, early violin approx. 1800
  • Violin op. 13 by Alajos Werner, Budapest, 1910
  • Excellent French violin, Collin-Mézin (fils), 1947, "Le Victorieux", No. 120
  • H. Emile Blondelet, French violin, No. 235
  • SALE: French violin No. 73, Chenantais & Le Lyonnais, Nantes, 1933