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Violas

Violas and viola bows

The viola's austere and dark sound may be the main reason why this instrument is thought of as the violin's melancholy big sister. Playing an essential role in chamber and orchestral music, the solo repertoire for the viola is a predominantly modern phenomenon, the instrument's special qualities were overlooked for a very long time. Today violas can be widely heard in film scores, and important soloists such as Kim Kashkashian are exploring new spheres by bringing the viola into jazz and world music. Our online catalogue presents a selection of interesting old and antique violas and master violas with rich, resonant and warm sounds. The "violas" section also features our online selection of viola bows. Search our website for violas for sale of a special maker or origin by typing e. g. "German viola", "French viola" or "Italian viola" into the search box. Buy and try old violas, viola bows and master violas online at Corilon violins, each one selected for sound and condition, professionally restored by our qualified violin makers and offered ready to play.

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Older German viola bow, silver mounted - frog

Older German viola bow, silver mounted - a strong player

Inventory No.: A68
Provenance: Germany
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 65.8 g
Year: 1960 / 1970
Price: 650.0 €

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Silver mounted German viola bow, active and strong

Silver mounted German viola bow, active and strong

Inventory No.: B700
Provenance: Germany
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 67.1 g
Year: approx. 1980
Price: 890.0 €

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Old German viola bow - W. Seifert

Strong, active viola bow - Germany, 1970's, W. Seifert

Inventory No.: B698
Provenance: Germany
Maker: Seifert
Length of back: 68.7 g
Year: approx. 1970
Price: 950.0 €


1/2 - French small-sized viola

French Mirecourt 1/2 sized viola

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

Good antique Markneukirchen viola, approx. 1900 - table

Good antique Markneukirchen viola, approx. 1900

Inventory No.: A75
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 39.2 cm
Year: approx. 1900
Price: 1350.0 €

French 1/2 viola, approx. 1900 - table

Rare French 1/2 viola, approx. 1900

Inventory No.: 2908
Provenance: Mirecourt
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 31.3 cm
Year: approx. 1900
Price: 1500.0 €


English viola by Alan McDougall - table

English viola by Alan McDougall

Inventory No.: 2740
Provenance: Middleham,Leyburn
Maker: Alan McDougall
Length of back: 41.5 cm
Year: 1986
Price: 1500.0 €

Fine Markneukirchen viola bow, silver mounted, Arnold Stoess - frog

Markneukirchen viola bow, silver mounted, Arnold Stoess

Inventory No.: A74
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Arnold Stoess
Length of back: 60.6 g
Year: approx. 1940
Price: 1600.0 €

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Antique Czech viola, Carl Hammerschmid, Wakkenreuth/Fleissen - Top

Antique Czech viola, Carl Hammerschmid, Wakkenreuth/Fleissen

Inventory No.: 4421
Provenance: Wakkenreuth/Fleissen
Maker: Carl Hammerschmid
Length of back: 39.7 cm
Year: approx. 1900
Price: 1800.0 €


Contemporary Italian viola, Paolo Maglio 1990's - top

Contemporary Italian viola, Paolo Maglio 1990's

Inventory No.: 4277
Provenance: Italy
Maker: Paolo Maglio
Length of back: 41.7 cm
Year: 1991
Price: 2800.0 €

Robert Barth, Stuttgart: attractive viola - table

Robert Barth, Stuttgart: attractive viola

Inventory No.: 3611
Provenance: Stuttgart
Maker: Robert Barth
Length of back: 39.8 cm
Year: approx. 1920
Price: 2800.0 €

Modern mid 20th century English viola, oil varnished - viola top

Modern mid 20th century English viola, oil varnished

Inventory No.: 4298
Provenance: England
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 41.8 cm
Year: approx. 1950
Price: 2900.0 €

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New arrivals in our catalogue:
  • Old German violin, 1920's, bright, brilliant sound
  • English violin bow, silver mounted, after James Tubbs
  • German violin bow, mellow, light, silver mounted, M. Winterling
  • Fernando Montavoci, rare 1936 Italian violin
  • Older German viola bow, silver mounted - a strong player
  • Fine and excellent silver mounted cello bow, Lothar Seifert
  • 3/4 - German 3/4 violin, Hermann Keim, 1991
  • WORKED OVER AND TONALLY OPTIMIZED: Contemporary Markneukirchen master viola, Jochen Voigt, 1982
  • Antique 19th century Mittenwald violin, approx. 1850
  • German silver-mounted violin bow, Markneukirchen, 1940's
  • H.R. Pfretzschner violin bow, silver mounted (certificate Klaus Grünke)
  • LEASE ONLY: Fine 18th century Italian violin (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)
  • Fine Mittenwald violin, Klotz circle, approx. 1780
  • LEASE ONLY: Interesting modern Italian violin, probably Luigi Mozzani, 1941
  • Good Mittenwald 7/8 violin, 1988, Mathias Klotz workshop
  • WORKED OVER AND OPTIMIZED: Historic French violin, Remy Paris approx. 1840 (certificate Bernard Millant)
  • Good French violin bow by Prosper Colas
  • Handsome old German violin, Saxony, approx. 1940
  • Jean-Joseph Honoré Derazey: French master violin (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)
  • Good German violin bow, W. E. Dörfler
  • Silver mounted violin bow, Markneukirchen, Mathias Thomä
  • Markneukirchen violin bow, sophisticated sound, a lightweight player
  • Excellent German master violin bow, powerful, tense, 1940's
  • Old German violin bow, Markneukirchen, warm, gentle sound