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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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English viola by Alan McDougall - table
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SALE: English viola by Alan McDougall

Inventory No.: 2740
Provenance: Middleham,Leyburn
Maker: Alan McDougall
Length of back: 41.5 cm
Year: 1986
Price: 1000.0 €

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 €

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.
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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

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

Contemporary Markneukirchen master viola, Jochen Voigt, 1982, for soloists

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

Fine Markneukirchen viola, Johann Christian Voigt II, 18th century - table

Fine Markneukirchen viola, Johann Christian Voigt II, 18th century

Inventory No.: 4411
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Johann Christian Voigt II
Length of back: 39.4 cm
Year: late 18th century
Price: 7500.0 €

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New arrivals in our catalogue
  • 19th century Mittenwald violin, made approx. 1880
  • Old German violin. Made in Markneukirchen/Saxony, classical model, approx. 1920
  • Modern Italian violin of the Pollastri-school: Bruno Piastri, 1993
  • Antique Mittenwald violin, Neuner & Hornsteiner, approx. 1900
  • Old, c.1920 German violin from Markneukirchen - warm, bright sound
  • Antique, silver mounted viola bow. Fine German work, c.1910
  • Markneukirchen violin bow. Made approx. 1940, strong, warm, tone
  • Fine French violin No 283 by Gustave Villaume, Nancy 1931
  • Fine soloist violin by Nicolò Gagliano, 1762 (certificate J. & A. Beare)
  • French violin bow. Marc Laberte, silver mounted
  • Fine violin bow. Silver mounted master violin bow, 1920's
  • Fine cello bow. Joseph Alfred Lamy père, Paris
  • Fine French 3/4 cello bow by Louis Bazin
  • Master viola No. 19, Klaus Schlegel. Erlbach / Markneukirchen 1988
  • Modern Italian viola, Stefano Conia, Cremona 1985 (certificate Stefano Conia)
  • Contemporary Italian violin of the Otello Bignami school: Gianni Norcia, Bologna
  • Fine quality Markneukirchen violin bow. Knopf workshop, c.1880
  • Modern Italian violin. Giorgio Grisales, Cremona, 1993 (certificate Giorgio Grisales)
  • 3/4 - Fine French 3/4 violin, approx. 1910
  • Ernst Heinrich Roth concert violin, Bubenreuth, 1965
  • SALE / Master violin from Bubenreuth. Violin maker Bernd Dimbarth No. 64
  • Modern violin by Beare & Son. Beijing 1995
  • Antique violin, by Schuster & Co. Markneukirchen, 1927
  • German Violin by Braun & Hauser München. Approximately 1900