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Violas and viola bows


"A good viola is as individual as its player."


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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English viola by Alan McDougall - table

SALE: English viola by Alan McDougall

Inventory No.: 2740
Provenance: Middleham,Leyburn
Maker: Alan McDougall
Length of back: 41.5 cm
Year: 1986
Price: 1000.0 €

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: 1800.0 €

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 €

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: 2200.0 €


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 €

Marc Laberte, silver mounted viola bow - Frog

Marc Laberte, French viola bow, silver mounted, c.1950

Inventory No.: B821
Provenance: Mirecourt
Maker: Marc Laberte
Length of back: 71.4 g
Year: approx. 1950
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 €

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

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

Matthias Klotz 1982: Modern Mittenwald viola

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

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Fine quality Ernst Heinrich Roth viola made in 1958
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Fine quality viola by Ernst Heinrich Roth, 1958

Inventory No.: 4906
Provenance: Erlangen
Maker: Ernst Heinrich Roth
Length of back: 42.1 cm
Year: 1958
Price: 4500.0 €

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 €



New arrivals in our catalogue
  • 3/4 -Antique 3/4 violin from Mittenwald, c.1880
  • Charles Louis Bazin: fine and powerful French cello bow (certificate J.-F. Raffin)
  • SALE: Old Mittenwald violin, J. A. Baader, c.1900
  • Bohemian student violin, c.1960/1970
  • 3/4 - warm and resonant sounding French 3/4 violin
  • SALE: Modern Italian violin, Piero Virdis, Pattada 2002 (certificate Piero Virdis)
  • SALE: Fine 18th century violin, Franz Knitl, Freising, 1769
  • Old German violin, circa 1910, with a warm, mellow sound
  • Magnificent French violin, François Caussin, Neufchateau approx. 1850 (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)
  • TONALLY IMPROVED: Fine violin by Ernst Heinrich Roth, 1962 (certificate E. H. Roth)
  • Fine quality viola by Ernst Heinrich Roth, 1958
  • 1/2 - Mittenwald violin, Sebastian Hornsteiner, 1970
  • 3/4 - small antique 3/4 sized Mittenwald violin, Eugen Gärtner stock
  • Fine 18th century violin, Klotz circle, approx. 1790 (certificate Hieronyms Köstler)
  • Christoph Götting, contemporary elite master violin
  • Giovanni Lazzaro, Padova 1990: Italian violin
  • Large French violin, "Nicolas Bertholini" by Laberte, Mirecourt
  • SALE: François Fent, a fine historic French viola of the late 18th century (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)
  • Cello bow by Franz Chalupetzky, c.1940
  • Swiss Finkel workshop, Silver mounted Cello bow
  • Ary France: Better quality French cello bow
  • SALE: French Cello bow by Ary France, Mirecourt approx. 1980
  • Silver mounted, Germany: Lightweight, softish violin bow
  • Silver mounted, after James Tubbs: English violin bow