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Viola | 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 old violas, viola bows and master violas online at Corilon violins, each one selected for sound and condition, competently restored by our qualified violin makers and offered ready to play.

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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 €

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 €


Edwin Lothar Herrmann, silver mounted German viola bow - frog

From the estate of Prof. Günter Szkokan: Edwin Lothar Herrmann, silver mounted German viola bow

Inventory No.: A97
Provenance: Schönlind
Maker: E.L. Herrmann
Length of back: 67.5 g
Year: mid 20th century
Price: 1800.0 €

Roger Lotte: French viola bow, Mirecourt - frog

Roger Lotte: French viola bow, Mirecourt

Inventory No.: B799
Provenance: Mirecourt
Maker: Roger François Lotte
Length of back: 68.1 g
Year: approx. 1940
Price: 2000.0 €

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 €


H. R. Pfretzschner Violin bow around 1920 - frog
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Pfretzschner viola bow, a strong player, c. 1920

Inventory No.: B590
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: H. R. Pfretzschner
Length of back: 69.3 g
Year: 1920 circa
Price: 2500.0 €

Fine French contemporary viola bow by Pierre Testa, Paris - frog

Very fine French viola bow by Pierre Testa, Paris (contemporary)

Inventory No.: B798
Provenance: Paris
Maker: Pierre Testa
Length of back: 70.0 g
Year: approx. 2010
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 Schönbach viola, Ferdinand Fischer, 1935- table
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Good Schönbach viola, Ferdinand Fischer, 1935

Inventory No.: 4551
Provenance: Schönbach
Maker: Ferdinand Fischer
Length of back: 39.2 cm
Year: 1935
Price: 3000.0 €

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Rare "Ritter viola", viola alta, Markneukirchen, c.1910 - Top

Rare "Ritter viola", viola alta, Markneukirchen, c.1910

Inventory No.: 4644
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 47.5 cm
Year: approx. 1910
Price: 3000.0 €

 5 string viola, Louis Dölling Jr., Markneukirchen, 1932 - table
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Rare 5 string viola, masterpiece by Louis Dölling Jr., Markneukirchen, 1932

Inventory No.: 4506
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Louis Dölling Jr.
Length of back: 39.6 cm
Year: 1932
Price: 3500.0 €


German master viola No. 19, Klaus Schlegel, Erlbach / Markneukirchen - top

German master viola No. 19, Klaus Schlegel, Erlbach / Markneukirchen

Inventory No.: 4838
Provenance: Erlbach / Markneukirchen
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 41.2 cm
Year: 1989
Price: 3500.0 €

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 €

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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 €



New arrivals in our catalogue
  • Christoph Götting, contemporary elite master violin
  • NEW SOUND SAMPLE: Contemporary Italian master violin, Virgilio Cremonini, 2012
  • NEW SOUND SAMPLE: Contemporary Italian violin, Gianni Norcia, Bologna
  • Nicolò Gagliano, 1762: Fine Neapolitanian violin (certificate J. & A. Beare)
  • Charles Louis Bazin: fine and powerful French cello bow (certificate J.-F. Raffin)
  • Lothar Seifert, German master violin bow, silver
  • English master violin no. 50 by George Hudson
  • Old Czech violin full of character, made in the Italian style, c.1900
  • 3/4 - German student violin, Saxony, 1950ies
  • Good Schönbach viola, Ferdinand Fischer, 1935
  • Old French violin, J.T.L. - Jerome Thibouville-Lamy
  • Markneukirchen violin by Meinel & Herold, "Künstler-Violine Nr. 20", Guarnerius model
  • Interesting modern violin by Beare & Son, Beijing 1995
  • Albert Nürnberger: Powerful silver mounted violin bow
  • Giulio Cesare Gigli, fine 18th century Italian violin, approx. 1760 (certificate Etienne Vatelot)
  • LEASE ONLY: Fine Italian master violin, Giuseppe Marconcini, Ferrara
  • LEASE ONLY: Italian violin, 19th century, Luigi Cardi, Verona (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)
  • Raffaele Calace, Italian Neapolitanian violin, 1916 (certificate Eric Blot)
  • Georg II Carl Klotz: fine c1780 Mittenwald violin (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)
  • Jean-Joseph Honoré Derazey: fine French master violin (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)
  • Magnificent French violin, François Caussin, Neufchateau approx. 1850 (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)
  • Fine violin of the Thir circle / school, approx. 1750 (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)
  • Franco Albanelli, 1991: A fine contemporary Italian violin (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)
  • Interesting Southern Italian violin, early 20th century