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  • Old and antique violins, master violins, violas, cellos and bows online

  • Discover Corilon violin's outstanding selection of premium old stringed instruments online – exclusive and unique old and antique violins, master violins, violas, cellos, children's violins, violin bows and cello bows, each one carefully and individually chosen because of its sound and quality. A portfolio of fine stringed instruments, all of which have been professionally set up and restored by the luthiers at our atelier for violin making and restoration in Munich.


  • Fine stringed instruments online presented with MP3 sound samples

  • Become thoroughly acquainted with your old violin, master violin, viola or cello before you make your purchase: our high-resolution photos, online MP3 audio clips and interesting historical background information serve as a personal introduction to each old stringed instrument. Corilon violins is proud of a broad online selection of old stringed instruments, a wide-ranging palette of true musical personalities, and we guarantee the quality and authenticity of every old stringed instrument offered in our catalogue.


  • 30 day return policy and guaranteed safe, worldwide delivery

  • Fine stringed instruments will be sent straight to your home, and we guarantee for safe and secure international shipping. For 30 days you can fully get to know your "new" instrument in your everyday musical environment – at home, in an ensemble and in the concert hall. If it does not meet your expectations, simply send it back.


  • Trade-in your old stringed instrument

  • Old violins, violas or cellos that no longer meet your growing musical abilities may be offered to us in trade for a better one. Corilon's old violin shop will consider a trade-in for instruments you purchased from us and other fine stringed instruments: old violins, master violins, cellos, violas and bows of considerable quality.


  • We offer a guarantee on every stringed instrument in our catalogue

  • Certificates and appraisals are an important cornerstone of the confidence you need before you purchase an old stringed instrument. This is why you can order a certificate of appraisal for every string instrument and bow we offer so you can have confirmation of important information about the provenance, age, structural details and current value of your old stringed instrument.


  • Violin shop repair services for old stringed instruments

  • Our specialist master atelier will also accept commissions for service repairs, bow rehair and adjustments for your violin, viola or cello (national and international). Please contact us for a quote and instructions for sending in your instrument.


    New arrivals in our catalogue
    • Charles Claudot "Le Marquis de l'air", antique French violin, approx. 1850
    • Antique Hopf violin of Klingenthal, approx. 1840
    • WORKED OVER; SOUND SAMPLE: 18th century Markneukirchen viola, c.1780
    • WORKED OVER; NEW SOUND SAMPLE: Fine contemporary master violin, Wolfgang Schiele, Munich
    • Modern Italian viola, Stefano Conia, Cremona 1985 (certificate Stefano Conia)
    • WORKED OVER; NEW SOUND SAMPLE: French master violin No. 34 by Paul Hilaire, 1950
    • French "Rugginelli" violin, sold by Beare & Son, 1902
    • 3/4 - Fine French 3/4 violin, approx. 1910
    • Charles Nicolas Bazin: fine silver mounted violin bow, c.1885, after Lupot - noble, classy tone
    • Contemporary Italian violin, Gianni Norcia, Bologna
    • Giulio Cesare Gigli, fine 18th century Italian violin, approx. 1760 (certificate Etienne Vatelot)
    • TONALLY IMPROVED: Good Schönbach viola, Ferdinand Fischer, 1935
    • Cremonese master violin, Piergiuseppe Esposti, 1998 (certificate Piergiuseppe Esposti)
    • Fine Markneukirchen viola, Johann Christian Voigt II, 18th century
    • Modern Mittenwald viola, Matthias Klotz 1982
    • Fine Italian viola by Marcello Martinenghi, 1949 (certificate Eric Blot)
    • 1/2 - antique 19th century French 1/2 violin, c.1870
    • WORKED OVER AND TONALLY IMPROVED: Ernst Heinrich Roth, Markneukirchen, fine 1922 violin - Guarnerius model
    • Fine 18th century Mittenwald violin, petite and elegant, approx. 1780
    • Old Mittenwald violin, Josef Rieger, 1927
    • Ernst Heinrich Roth, old Bubenreuth violin from 1955, certificate
    • English viola by Alan McDougall
    • 3/4 - old Mittenwald 3/4 violin: mature, clear sound
    • Fine French violin bow, for Paul Serdet