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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 maker and offered ready to play.

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German viola bow. Markneukirchen, 1920's

German viola bow from Markneukirchen, 1920's

Inventory No.: B454
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 64.1 g
Year: approx. 1980
Price: 950.0 €

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

Viola bow, c.1980. Silver mounted, Markneukirchen, Germany

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

Fine contemporary viola bow. Rudolf Neudörfer, Bubenreuth - frog

Fine contemporary viola bow. Rudolf Neudörfer, Bubenreuth

Inventory No.: B831
Provenance: Bubenreuth
Maker: Rudolf Neudörfer
Length of back: 70.4 g
Year: 1989
Price: 1600.0 €


H. R. Pfretzschner Viola bow around 1940 - frog

H. R. Pfretzschner viola bow, a strong player, c. 1940

Inventory No.: B834
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: H. R. Pfretzschner
Length of back: 64.5 g
Year: 1940 circa
Price: 1650.0 €

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 €

Antique, silver mounted viola bow. Fine German work, c.1910. Ebony frog with silver mounts.

Antique, silver mounted viola bow. Fine German work, c.1910

Inventory No.: B835
Provenance: Germany
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 72.6 g
Year: approx. 1910
Price: 1800.0 €


Roger Lotte: French viola bow, Mirecourt - frog

French viola bow. Roger Lotte, Mirecourt c.1940

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
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Fine French viola bow. Pierre Testa, Paris (contemporary)

Inventory No.: B798
Provenance: Paris
Maker: Pierre Testa
Length of back: 70.0 g
Year: approx. 2010
Price: 2200.0 €


Marc Laberte, silver mounted viola bow - Frog

French viola bow. Marc Laberte, 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

Interesting 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 €

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 1988

Inventory No.: 4838
Provenance: Erlbach / Markneukirchen
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 41.2 cm
Year: 1988
Price: 3500.0 €

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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

German 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 €

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New arrivals in our catalogue
  • Fine, modern Czech master violin - probably Prague
  • Interesting old Czech violin after Ruggeri. Made approx. 1920
  • 3/4 - Fine Mittenwald 3/4 violin by Neuner & Hornsteiner, approx. 1850
  • Modern German violin bow. By Roderich Paesold - excellent
  • Georges Coné: French soloist violin no. 73. Lyon, 1937
  • Antique violin from Saxony, after Antonio Stradivari, approx. 1880
  • Fine Swiss master violin by August Meinel, 1926
  • Interesting violin, probably Italian 1920's
  • Justin Derazey, French violin dated approx. 1880
  • Fine Mittenwald violin. After Aegidius Kloz, c.1800
  • SALE: German violin. Made in the 1950's
  • Fine French violin bow. Marie Louis Piernot, Paris (certificate J. F. Raffin)
  • Fine Italian violin. Milanese, Liuteria Italiana Luigi Mozzani, 1921
  • Antique German violin. Max Osterode, Stuttgart, 1915 No. 23
  • German Markneukirchen violin bow, approx. 1940 - warm tone
  • 1/4 - Rare French 1/4 violin, approx. 1850
  • Petite French viola: Joseph Nicolas fils, Mirecourt, 1849
  • Excellent old German violin bow. Sweet, fluid sound, 1950's
  • 19th century violin from Mittenwald, approx. 1850
  • German Markneukirchen violin bow, silver, with a blank frog
  • Albert Nürnberger: Powerful silver mounted violin bow
  • Fine cello bow. Joseph Alfred Lamy père, Paris, c.1895 (certificate J.-F. Raffin)
  • Fine contemporary viola bow. Rudolf Neudörfer, Bubenreuth
  • Petite, late 18th century Italian violin, central Italy (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)