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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 1980's German Paesold viola bow - frog

Older 1980's German Paesold viola bow

Inventory No.: B767
Provenance: Baiersdorf
Maker: Paesold
Length of back: 66.9 g
Year: approx. 1980
Price: 350.0 €

Older German viola bow, silver mounted - frog

Good quality 1980's German viola bow, silver mounted - warm, large tone

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

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 €


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 €

Strong silver mounted viola bow, c1980, Markneukirchen, Germany -

Strong, silver mounted viola bow, c.1980, Markneukirchen, Germany

Inventory No.: A52
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 66.7 g
Year: approx. 1980
Price: 1600.0 €


Fine Silver mounted viola bow, probably England, c.1920 - frog

Fine old viola bow, silver, probably England, c.1920

Inventory No.: B1065
Provenance: Probably England
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 65.2 g
Year: approx. 1920
Price: 2000.0 €

Good Schönbach viola, Ferdinand Fischer, 1935- table

Good Schönbach viola, Ferdinand Fischer, 1935

Inventory No.: 4551
Provenance: Schönbach
Maker: Ferdinand Fischer
Length of back: 39.2 cm
Year: 1935
Price: 2500.0 €

Joseph Klimits, master viola ca. 1860 - top

Viola, probably Vienna, Joseph Klimits

Inventory No.: 687
Provenance: Vienna
Maker: Joseph Klimits
Length of back: 39.9 cm
Year: 1860 circa
Price: 3000.0 €


Good Mittenwald viola, Matthias Klotz 1982 - top view

Modern Mittenwald viola, Matthias Klotz 1982

Inventory No.: 4687
Provenance: Mittenwald
Maker: Matthias Klotz
Length of back: 39.8 cm
Year: 1982
Price: 3800.0 €

Contemporary Markneukirchen master viola, Jochen Voigt, 1982 - viola able

Contemporary Markneukirchen master viola, Jochen Voigt, 1982, for soloists

Inventory No.: A65
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Jochen Voigt
Length of back: 41.3 cm
Year: 1982
Price: 5000.0 €

Fine Markneukirchen viola, Johann Christian Voigt II, 18th century - table

Fine Markneukirchen viola, Johann Christian Voigt II, 18th century

Inventory No.: 4411
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Johann Christian Voigt II
Length of back: 39.4 cm
Year: late 18th century
Price: 6500.0 €



New arrivals in our catalogue
  • Old violin from Saxony, after Antonio Stradivari, approx. 1880
  • 3/4 - Antique French Médio-Fino 3/4 violin, approx. 1870
  • Fine German master bow
  • Powerful German violin bow by H.R. Pfretzschner
  • Ernst Heinrich Roth, old Bubenreuth violin from 1955, certificate
  • Modern Italian violin, Luigi Agostinelli, 1953
  • Old Czech violin after Niccolo Amati, c.1900
  • 7/8 - "Lady's violin", 7/8 violin, by Schuster & Co., c.1910
  • Old, 1940's Saxon violin, Markneukirchen, warm tones
  • Modern French soloist viola, Jacques Camurat, Paris 1958
  • French violin bow, atelier Charles Louis Bazin (certificate J.F. Raffin)
  • 3/4 - antique French 3/4 violin, Breton model
  • Silver-mounted violin bow, for K. van der Meer Amsterdam
  • Fine Markneukirchen violin bow after Sartory, sweet, sophisticated tone
  • Modern Mittenwald viola, Matthias Klotz 1982
  • Recommendable antique Markneukirchen violin with a dark, brilliant sound
  • Markneukirchen violin bow, bright, clear sound, lightweight
  • Antique Klingenthal violin, approx. 1850
  • Antique German violin by Wolff brothers, Kreuznach, 1905
  • Fine English violin, 19th century, soloist sound
  • Contemporary English master violin, Victor Unsworth, "Ysaye" Guarneri
  • 7/8 - Italian 7/8 violin, Carlo Melloni, Bologna 1932 (certificate Eric Blot)
  • 7/8 - Michael Reindl, Mittenwald 7/8 master violin, 1935
  • Italian violin by Delfi Merlo, Milano 1979 (certificate Delfi Merlo)