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3/4 violin and 1/2 violin

Every note leaves its mark, not on the surface but on the heart.


The children's violin has a dubious reputation, especially since the 3/4 violin and the 1/2 violin represent the screeching and squeaking of almost every young violinist's early years. Many parents and young players are not aware of the quality of old and antique 3/4 violins and 1/2 violins - a desirable alternative to a new factory small-sized instrument. Corilon violins online catalog presents 3/4 violins and 1/2 violins for sale, old and antique instruments of quality and with a trade guarantee, at reasonable prices. An old 3/4 violin will please both the player and the audience with a surprising better sound quality. What is more, children and youths will be inspired by the charm of a historical German 3/4 violin, a French 1/2 violin or, if talented, even an Italian 3/4 violin. Search our website for small-sized violins of a special size by typing e. g. "3/4 violin", "1/2 violin" into the search box. Which of the small-sized violins for sale suits my child, do I need a 3/4 violin or a 1/2 violin - Feel free to email Dr. Roeben for the best children's violin recommendations and take a look at our violin size chart.

German, French and Italian 3/4 violins and 1/2 violins for sale at Corilon violins: with 30 days returns, upgrade & trade guarantee,
optional certificate, each violin professionally set up and approved by our qualified violin makers. Follow the link to see some of the children's violins we have sold.

3/4 - German student violin, Saxony 1950ies - top

A robust old German 3/4 student violin. The bodylength is 33,7 cm. The violin was mad ...

Inventory No.: 2048
Provenance: Bubenreuth
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 33.7 cm
Year: approx. 1950
Price: 650.0 €

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3/4 - German violin after Amati, Boosey & Hawkes, approx. 1920 - top view

This good 3/4 violin was made by an unknown German Markneukirchen workshop in the 192 ...

Inventory No.: 1222
Provenance: Germany
Maker: Boosey & Hawkes label
Length of back: 33.8 cm
Year: approx. 1920
Price: 750.0 €

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3/4 - attractive 3/4-sized violin from Markneukirchen

This MarkneukirchenGerman 3/4 violin was made around 1920 and reflects the fine Saxon ...

Inventory No.: 1766
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 33.7 cm
Year: 1920 circa
Price: 850.0 €

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Friedrich Herpel Herford violin Saxony ca. 1920 - top

This German 3/4 violin is an extraordinarily well preserved and beautiful instrument  ...

Inventory No.: 2360
Provenance: Saxony
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 33.7 cm
Year: 1920 circa
Price: 850.0 €

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3/4 violin. Old, oil varnished German violin

This good quality 3/4 violin was built in Germany in the 1940ies. It features a beaut ...

Inventory No.: 2727
Provenance: Germany
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 33.8 cm
Year: 1940 circa
Price: 850.0 €

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old German 3/4 violin. Saxony, 1930's  - top view

This old German 3/4 violin is a tonally very attractive instrument - a product of Ger ...

Inventory No.: 3498
Provenance: Saxony
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 33.4 cm
Year: approx. 1930
Price: 890.0 €

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This 3/4 - sized violin was built approx. 1920 following Amati patterns; it has the t ...

Inventory No.: 1205
Provenance: Saxony
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 33.6 cm
Year: 1920 circa
Price: 900.0 €

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3/4 - powerful old German 3/4 violin, prob. A. C. Glier - top

This very pretty, antique 3/4 violin from Germany with a bright, warm sound was made  ...

Inventory No.: 4317
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: prob. A. C. Glier
Length of back: 33.7 cm
Year: approx. 1900
Price: 950.0 €

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J.T.L. 3/4 violin, Mirecourt, approx. 1900 - top view
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This particularly pretty French 3/4-sized violin was made in the ateliers of Jerôme T ...

Inventory No.: 4155
Provenance: Mirecourt
Maker: Jerôme Thibouville-Lamy
Length of back: 33.7 cm
Year: approx. 1900
Price: 950.0 €

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3/4 - antique German 3/4  violin c1860 - top

This beautiful antique 3/4 violin was made in the late 19th century in the Markneukir ...

Inventory No.: 3050
Provenance: Saxony
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 32.8 cm
Year: 1860 circa
Price: 950.0 €

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1/2 - French small-sized violin

This French 1/2 sized violin with a mellow sound was made in Mirecourt around 1900. T ...

Inventory No.: 1599
Provenance: Mirecourt
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 30.1 cm
Year: approx. 1900
Price: 950.0 €

3/4 Markneukirchen violin

This beautiful instrument is a good German 3/4 sized violin made around 1950, it was  ...

Inventory No.: 4889
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 33.6 cm
Year: 1950 circa
Price: 950.0 €

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3/4 Mirecourt violin, French - top

Coming as a trade-in from a very happy young customer who upgraded to the next size,  ...

Inventory No.: 5205
Provenance: Mirecourt
Maker: J. T. L.
Length of back: 33.5 cm
Year: 1910 circa
Price: 950.0 €

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Lovely 3/4 violin from Mirecourt - top

Mirecourt is a small, lovely town situated in the Lorraine region. It has been the mo ...

Inventory No.: 1094
Provenance: Mirecourt
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 33.3 cm
Year: 1900 circa
Price: 950.0 €

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Copie de Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis - French violin, approx. 1920 - top

This French 3/4 violin was built in the 1920s in Mirecourt on a rare, individual mode ...

Inventory No.: 960
Provenance: Mirecourt
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 32.8 cm
Year: approx. 1920
Price: 950.0 €

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Vogtland violin Markneukirchen-Klingenthal apprxo. 1860 - table

Many generations of young musicians have played on this antique 3/4 violin from the M ...

Inventory No.: 1966
Provenance: Saxony
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 33.7 cm
Year: approx. 1860
Price: 950.0 €

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French 3/4 violin, Mirecourt approx. 1900 - top view

This beautiful children's violin was built approx. 1900 in the French center of violi ...

Inventory No.: 2915
Provenance: Mirecourt
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 33.2 cm
Year: approx. 1900
Price: 950.0 €

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JTL Compagnon violin, 1/2, JTL - top view

This French 3/4 violin is an exceptionally rare 3/4-sized instrument, that was built  ...

Inventory No.: 4094
Provenance: Mirecourt
Maker: Jerome Thibouville-Lamy
Length of back: 33.4 cm
Year: approx. 1870
Price: 950.0 €

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German 3/4 violin from Saxony - front view

This perfectly preserved German 3/4 violin is an exceptionally beautiful instrument t ...

Inventory No.: 2115
Provenance: Saxony
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 33.2 cm
Year: approx. 1900
Price: 950.0 €

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3/4 violin Mirecourt approx. 1930 - top view

This beautiful 3/4 violin comes from the successful Mirecourt lines, one of th models ...

Inventory No.: 3682
Provenance: Mirecourt
Maker: JTL or Laberte
Length of back: 33.1 cm
Year: approx. 1920
Price: 950.0 €

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3/4 - Antique French 3/4 violin, approx. 1880 - top
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Young musicians of many generations have learnt how to play on the violin with this  ...

Inventory No.: 1580
Provenance: Mirecourt
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 34.0 cm
Year: ca. 1880
Price: 950.0 €

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3/4 violin after Stradivari, Saxony ca. 1920 - top

This old 3/4-sized violin is a dark sounding instrument that was built approx. 1920 a ...

Inventory No.: 4637
Provenance: Saxony
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 33.6 cm
Year: approx. 1920
Price: 950.0 €

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Old French 3/4 sized violin, after Stradivari  - top

This French 3/4 sized violin is a nice and delicate instrument with an elegant appear ...

Inventory No.: 3290
Provenance: Mirecourt
Maker: probably Laberte
Length of back: 33.4 cm
Year: 1940 ca.
Price: 950.0 €

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1/2 violin from Mirecourt, ca. 1900 - table
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This antique French 1/2 violin from around 1920 has an especially attractive historic ...

Inventory No.: 4887
Provenance: Mirecourt
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 30.4 cm
Year: approx. 1920
Price: 950.0 €


French 1/2 violin, approx. 1900 - table

This French 1/2 violin is a beautiful and rare childrens viola after a well-proven St ...

Inventory No.: 2908
Provenance: Mirecourt
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 31.3 cm
Year: approx. 1900
Price: 950.0 €

3/4 violin, Hopf workshop Klingenthal, 19th century

This recommendable antique 3/4 violin is a rare 19th century instrument of its 3/4 si ...

Inventory No.: 3942
Provenance: Klingenthal
Maker: Hopf workshops
Length of back: 33.4 cm
Year: 1870 circa
Price: 990.0 €

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French 1/2 sized violin, Mirecourt approx. 1940 - top view

This attractive French 1/2 violin was crafted approx. 1900 in Mirecourt; it is a very ...

Inventory No.: 5028
Provenance: Mirecourt
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 30.1 cm
Year: approx. 1900
Price: 990.0 €



3/4 sized and 1/2 sized instruments at Corilon violins


Corilon violins offers you old 3/4 violins, 1/2 violins and 1/4 violins from Germany, France and Italy in qualities and quantities you are unlikely to find at your local luthier’s workshop. High-resolution photographs and audio clips can help you make your selection – just like they do for the “grown-up” instruments. What’s more, Corilon violins also provides helpful information with its violin size chart for children’s violins and our advice about selecting and purchasing a violin as well as a practical FAQ about children’s violins.

No need for squawking and screeching!


Many rental violins available in 3/4 and 1/2 sizes are actually cheap mass-produced instruments which are not much fun to play – even if luthiers set them up and did their best to bring the violin up to a useful standard. By contrast, a historic children’s violin from our collection is a high-quality and affordable alternative that can grow along with your child, thanks to our trade guarantee. When your child is ready for the next size and needs to switch from a 1/2 violin to a 3/4 size, we calculate 100% of the purchase price. This means that your initial investment remains intact, unlike standard instrument rentals. Your child will play a better instrument from the outset, and over time you can gradually upgrade from a ½-sized violin to a very good full-sized instrument.

New arrivals in our catalogue
  • Interesting Master violin, probably from Prague, Johann Georg Hellmer replica
  • Antique c.1920 French 1/2 sized violin
  • Powerful Mittenwald violin, J. Sailer
  • Saxon violin after J. Stainer,  c.1920
  • Antique Czech/Bohemian violin, by Joseph Brandner Schönbach
  • Old German Violin. Stradivarius model by Hermann Dölling jr., ca. 1910
  • Attractive French violin by J.T.L. - Jerome Thibouville-Lamy
  • Interesting antique Czech master violin. Probably Prague, 1880's
  • WORKED OVER AND IMPROVED: Fine 18th century violin, Franz Knitl, Freising, 1769
  • Old Italian violin, Stefano Caponetti (certificate Christian Lijsen)
  • Old Mittenwald violin, J. A. Baader, No. 4908
  • Fine French Georges Apparut violin, 1934
  • Georges Coné: French soloist violin no. 73. Lyon, 1937
  • Giuseppe Pedrazzini, fine Italian violin (certificate J. & A. Beare)
  • Premium violin by Meinel & Herold, Markneukirchen - violinist's recommendation!
  • Attractive old Czech violin after Ruggeri. Made approx. 1920
  • German violin by Meinel & Herold, Klingenthal, c.1940
  • Silver mounted Alfred Knoll viola bow
  • Fine antique French 3/4 sized violin, noble sound
  • German 3/4 violin. A fine small instrument
  • Fine Viennese cello, approx. 1800 - 1820
  • Luigi Galimberti, fine Italian violin, Milano 1925 (certificate Eric Blot)
  • H. Derazey workshop, large 19th century French violin
  • German silver mounted Markneukirchen violin bow, approx. 1940 - warm tone