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


The Viola's austere and dark sound may be the main reason why the viola 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 violas'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. Corilon violins presents a selection of interesting old and antique violas, master violas and viola bows for sale with rich, resonant and warm sounds. 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 and view some of our Sold violas. Buy old violas, viola bows and master violas online at Corilon violins: ready to play, with 30 days returns, optional certificate, each one approved and competently restored by our qualified violin makers.

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German viola bow. Markneukirchen, 1920's

This German viola bow is a quality piece of mature craftmnship that was made in Markn ...

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 -

This strong, silver mounted viola bow was crafted by an unknown bowmaker in Markneuki ...

Inventory No.: A52
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 66.7 g
Year: approx. 1980
Price: 1400.0 €

H. R. Pfretzschner Viola bow around 1940 - frog

This German viola bow by H. R. Pfretzschner, a strong active player, was made by the  ...

Inventory No.: B834
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: H. R. Pfretzschner
Length of back: 64.5 g
Year: 1940 circa
Price: 1500.0 €


Fine contemporary viola bow. Rudolf Neudörfer, Bubenreuth - frog

This fine contemporary viola bow was made by Rudolf Neudörfer in Bubenreuth, a name n ...

Inventory No.: B831
Provenance: Bubenreuth
Maker: Rudolf Neudörfer
Length of back: 70.4 g
Year: 1989
Price: 1500.0 €

Edwin Lothar Herrmann, silver mounted German viola bow - frog

In the context of the Vogtland region's multifaceted bow-making tradition, the Herrma ...

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.

This antique, silver mounted German viola bow it is a fine work from the Markneukirch ...

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
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With its rare combination of tonal and playing qualities, this French viola bow is a  ...

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

The fine, unstamped viola bow presented here features finest quality, desirable playi ...

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

Marc Laberte, silver mounted viola bow - Frog

In the 1950s, this premium French viola bow was crafted in the workshop of Marc Laber ...

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

An old 19th century viola sized 39,9 cm. The viola was likely made by Joseph Klimits  ...

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

Ottomar Hausmann, viola, Mittenwald ca. 1950 - top
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This large Mittenwald viola is a very traditional example of the Mittenwald school an ...

Inventory No.: 1561
Provenance: Mittenwald
Maker: Ottomar Hausmann
Length of back: 40.2 cm
Year: 1950 circa
Price: 3000.0 €

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

“Song lushly steeped in melody, both piano and forte” – In the 1870s, German violist, ...

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

This German master viola No. 19 is a younger instrument that was made in 1989 by mast ...

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

This 1982 Mittenwald viola is a both a powerful young instrument and a mature work; i ...

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

The attractive, golden-brown spirit-oil varnish of this beautiful viola by Ernst Hein ...

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
  • Charming French violin, Marque Apparut,  made in 1936
  • Markneukirchen 3/4 violin, 1920's. Clear strong tone
  • Attractive old German 3/4 violin. Saxony, 1930's, bright, radiant tone
  • Attractive antique Mittenwald violin, approx. 1900 - powerful sound
  • H. R. Pfretzschner violin bow, c.1930
  • French 3/4 violin bow. Ary France, Mirecourt
  • Violin of quality from Markneukirchen,. Kurt Raabs, 1930's
  • Modern Italian viola, Stefano Conia, Cremona 1985 (certificate Stefano Conia)
  • Contemporary Italian violin from the Otello Bignami school: Gianni Norcia, Bologna - concert master choice!
  • Older Markneukirchen violin, 1940's
  • Gold mounted violin bow. Markneukirchen c.1920
  • Claude A. Thomassin, fine French violin bow. Circa 1920
  • Cristiano Ferrazzi. Italian violin op. 120
  • German violin. Made by F. C. Louis, Saarbrücken, early 20th century
  • Alois Fütterer, Mittenwald violin c.1930
  • Italian violin from the 1970's - warm, mellow sound
  • Italian violin, Archimede Orlandini, Parma 1985
  • George Adolphe Chanot, soloist violin no. 212
  • German 3/4 student violin. Saxony, 1950ies
  • Fine contemporary viola bow. Rudolf Neudörfer, Bubenreuth
  • Viola bow, c.1980. Silver mounted, Markneukirchen, Germany
  • Fine Mittenwald violin after Aegidius Kloz, c.1800
  • Neuner & Hornsteiner violin, Mittenwald c.1900
  • Antique Saxon violin with decorative carving, Markneukirchen