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Violas and viola bows from Corilon violins

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 the viola 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 online catalogue presents a selection of interesting antique German, French and Italian violas for sale with rich, resonant and warm sounds. Search our website for violas for sale of a special maker, origin or sound by typing e. g. "German viola", "French viola" or "Italian viola" into the search box. Take a look at our helpful information on signs of quality of an old instrument and feel free to ask for the best viola recommendations or suitable viola bow.

German, French and Italian violas and viola bows for sale Corilon violins: with 30 days returns, trade guarantee,
optional certificate, each viola offered in perfect condition, professionally worked over and approved by our violin maker.

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

Yngve Akesson, viola 1983 - top
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This nordic viola is a unique, large instrument, that was built in 1983 by the Swedis ...

Inventory No.: 2327
Provenance: Helsingborg
Maker: Yngve Åkesson
Length of back: 41.2 cm
Year: 1983
Price: 950.0 €

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 €

Good German Bubenreuth viola
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The instrument is a good quality German viola made by O. R. Glier in Markneukirchen.  ...

Inventory No.: 4029
Provenance: Bubenreuth
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 40.0 cm
Year: 1950 circa
Price: 990.0 €


Alfred Knoll viola bow
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This silver-mounted Alfred Knoll viola bow is a top-quality piece from the esteemed w ...

Inventory No.: B849
Provenance: Oberplex / Bavaria
Maker: Alfred Knoll
Length of back: 72,5 g
Year: 1980 / 1990
Price: 990.0 €

H. R. Pfretzschner Viola bow around 1940 - frog
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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: 1350.0 €

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 €


Czech Viola - top

This unlabeled late 20th century Czech viola is piece of unmistakeable individuality, ...

Inventory No.: 5121
Provenance: Czech Republic
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 40.8 cm
Year: late 20th century
Price: 1500.0 €

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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 €

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
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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: 2300.0 €


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 €

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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Petite French viola: Didier Nicolas, Mirecourt, 1849

Joseph Nicolas fils crafted this historic viola, a lovely French instrument with an u ...

Inventory No.: 5063
Provenance: Mirecourt
Maker: Joseph Nicolas fils
Length of back: 38.6 cm
Year: 1849
Price: 4500.0 €

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

A brilliantly crafted professional master instrument, this extremely powerful contemp ...

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

French soloist viola, Jacques Camurat, Paris 1963 - viola top

This large, originally labeled and stamped French Paris viola by Jacques Camurat, Par ...

Inventory No.: 4811
Provenance: Paris
Maker: Jacques Camurat
Length of back: 42.2 cm
Year: 1963
Price: 8500.0 €

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Baroque viola, approx. 1790  - top

This fine baroque viola of the classical Nurnberg school was made by an unknown maste ...

Inventory No.: 4626
Provenance: Southern Germany
Maker: Nürnberg school
Length of back: 37.9 cm
Year: approx. 1800
Price: 8500.0 €


Fine historic Markneukirchen viola, 18th century

Professional violists will especially enjoy this historic Markneukirchen viola of the ...

Inventory No.: 4343
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Unknown master
Length of back: 39.0 cm
Year: 18th century
Price: 9000.0 €

Fine viola by Ferdinand Kugler, Vienna, 1973 - top

This fine Viennese master viola by Ferdinand Kugler was especially made for Prof. Gün ...

Inventory No.: A96
Provenance: Vienna
Maker: Ferdinand Kugler
Length of back: 40.5 cm
Year: 1973
Price: 9500.0 €

Baroque viola in original condition, Mittenwald, approx. 1800 - top

The fact that a baroque stringed instrument has survived nearly 200 years without dam ...

Inventory No.: A37
Provenance: Mittenwald
Maker: Josef Klotz circle
Length of back: 37.4 cm
Year: 1800/1820
Price: 9500.0 €


Fine viola, Mittenwald, approximately 1800 - Decke

This fine viola was created around 1800, the heyday of violin making in Mittenwald. I ...

Inventory No.: 4651
Provenance: Mittenwald
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 37.8 cm
Year: approx. 1800
Price: 9500.0 €

Fine Italian viola, Umberto Lanaro, 1968 -top

Those who, like Italian luthier Umberto Lanaro, choose to rely solely on the strong r ...

Inventory No.: 2951
Provenance: Padova
Maker: Umberto Lanaro
Length of back: 41.8 cm
Year: 1968
Price: 10000.0 €

Aldo Zani, fine contemporary Italian viola

Numerous gold medals at highly regarded competitions and a wide-ranging oeuvre are d ...

Inventory No.: 4087
Provenance: Cesena
Maker: Aldo Zani
Length of back: 42.0 cm
Year: 1969
Price: 12000.0 €

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German, French an Italian violas from Corilon violins


At Corilon violins atelier for violin making and restoration in Munich, our specialists competently and lovingly restore each of the old German, French and Italian violas, violins, viola bows we offer for sale, each of which was carefully selected and is full of character.

New arrivals in our catalogue
  • Well-played old German violin, 1940's (Saxony)
  • Attractive old Czech violin, 1930's (certificate Löbner)
  • Fine French 3/4 violin, approx. 1910
  • German student violin after Guarneri, from Markneukirchen
  • Older Mittenwald violin, 1960's
  • Antique French 3/4 violin with a strong tone - J.T.L.
  • Handsome old German violin. "Conservatory violin", approx. 1920
  • SALE Older English violin, made in the 1940's - warm, golden tone
  • Old Czech violin full of character, made in the Italian style, c.1910
  • Alfred Knoll viola bow. Silver mounted, a strong player
  • SALE Raffaele Calace, Italian Neapolitanian violin, 1916 (certificate Eric Blot)
  • 1/4 - Fine French 1/4 violin bow. Morizot Frères (certificate J.-F. Raffin)
  • SALE Fine Neuner & Hornsteiner 3/4 violin, Mittenwald, c.1850
  • Old Mittenwald violin, J. A. Baader, No. 4908
  • Excellent silver mounted violin bow, stamped Felix Martin
  • Fine master violin bow by C.A. Hoyer, Markneukirchen
  • Excellent German violin bow after Lupot, approx. 1940
  • SALE 1920's German violin by Otto Ebner, Augsburg
  • SALE Claude A. Thomassin, fine French violin bow (certificate J. F. Raffin)
  • French Richelme violin No. 23, Marseille 1869 - collector's piece
  • German master violin, Otto Gläsel, Gelsenkirchen
  • MARMA, silver violin bow after Sartory, approx. 1920
  • Antique French 1/2 violin, J.T.L. Compagnon c.1880
  • SALE Italian violin from the 1970's - warm, mellow sound