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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: ready to play, with 30 days returns, optional certificate, each one approved and competently restored by our qualified violin makers. Sold violas.

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 €

Marc Laberte, silver mounted viola bow - Frog
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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

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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Petite French viola: Didier Nicolas, Mirecourt, 1849

Small French viola by Joseph Nicolas fils, 1849

Inventory No.: 5063
Provenance: Mirecourt
Maker: Joseph Nicolas fils
Length of back: 38.6 cm
Year: 1849
Price: 5000.0 €



New arrivals in our catalogue
  • French violin, Didelot by Laberte, Mirecourt, 1920's
  • Old French violin, J.T.L.
  • Antique Violin by Friedrich August Meisel senior
  • Fine 18th century violin, Franz Knitl, Freising, 1769
  • Antique Bohemian Czech violin,  approx. 1870
  • Czech 7/8 violin. "Lady's violin", c.1940
  • 3/4 - excellent antique French 3/4 violin
  • Contemporary Italian violin from the Otello Bignami school: Gianni Norcia, Bologna
  • Luigi Galimberti, fine Italian violin, Milano 1925 (certificate Eric Blot)
  • SALE: Richard Grünke: Fine contemporary violin bow
  • Fine German master bow, Hermann Prell school
  • Modern violin bow. Bright, radiant tone
  • Contemporary master violin by Bernd Ellinger, 2018
  • 1/2 - Attractive antique French half-sized violin from Mirecourt
  • 3/4 - Fine Mittenwald 3/4 violin. Neuner & Hornsteiner, approx. 1850
  • Rare violin. 19th century France, Maline, circa 1820
  • Fine Italian violin: Milanese, Liuteria Italiana Luigi Mozzani, 1921
  • Antique Mittenwald violin. Neuner & Hornsteiner, approx. 1900
  • Professional violin bow by Carl Albert Nürnberger
  • German violin. Model after Jacob Stainer, 1930's
  • Modern German master violin bow. By Roderich Paesold - excellent
  • Fine violin bow by Emil Max Penzel, c.1930
  • Interesting old Czech violin after Ruggeri. Made approx. 1920
  • SALE: Fine Mittenwald violin after Aegidius Kloz, c.1800