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

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Older German viola bow, silver mounted - frog

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 €

1/2 - French small-sized viola

French Mirecourt 1/2 sized viola

Inventory No.: 1599
Provenance: Mirecourt
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 30.1 cm
Year: approx. 1900
Price: 950.0 €

French 1/2 viola, approx. 1900 - table

Rare French 1/2 viola, approx. 1900

Inventory No.: 2908
Provenance: Mirecourt
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 31.3 cm
Year: approx. 1900
Price: 1500.0 €


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: 1900.0 €


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 €

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

TONALLY IMPROVED: 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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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 €



New arrivals in our catalogue
  • Charles Claudot "Le Marquis de lair", antique French violin, approx. 1850
  • Antique Hopf violin of Klingenthal, approx. 1840
  • WORKED OVER; SOUND SAMPLE: 18th century Markneukirchen viola, c.1780
  • WORKED OVER; NEW SOUND SAMPLE: Fine contemporary master violin, Wolfgang Schiele, Munich
  • Modern Italian viola, Stefano Conia, Cremona 1985 (certificate Stefano Conia)
  • WORKED OVER; NEW SOUND SAMPLE: French master violin No. 34 by Paul Hilaire, 1950
  • French "Rugginelli" violin, sold by Beare & Son, 1902
  • 3/4 - Fine French 3/4 violin, approx. 1910
  • Franco Abanelli, Italian violin - Bologna, 1997
  • Excellent French violin, Collin-Mézin (fils), 1947, "Le Victorieux", No. 120
  • Charles Nicolas Bazin: fine silver mounted violin bow, c.1885, after Lupot - noble, classy tone
  • Contemporary Italian violin, Gianni Norcia, Bologna
  • Giulio Cesare Gigli, fine 18th century Italian violin, approx. 1760 (certificate Etienne Vatelot)
  • TONALLY IMPROVED: Good Schönbach viola, Ferdinand Fischer, 1935
  • Cremonese master violin, Piergiuseppe Esposti, 1998 (certificate Piergiuseppe Esposti)
  • Fine Markneukirchen viola, Johann Christian Voigt II, 18th century
  • Modern Mittenwald viola, Matthias Klotz 1982
  • Fine Italian viola by Marcello Martinenghi, 1949 (certificate Eric Blot)
  • 1/2 - antique 19th century French 1/2 violin, c.1870
  • WORKED OVER AND TONALLY IMPROVED: Ernst Heinrich Roth, Markneukirchen, fine 1922 violin - Guarnerius model
  • Fine 18th century Mittenwald violin, petite and elegant, approx. 1780
  • Old Mittenwald violin, Josef Rieger, 1927
  • Ernst Heinrich Roth, old Bubenreuth violin from 1955, certificate
  • English viola by Alan McDougall