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Cellos (violoncellos) are considered the stringed instruments that most closely resembles the male human voice. The cello tone does indeed have a unique, singing character which especially antique cellos project with huge volume, an incomparable range of nearly five octaves and an extravagant wealth of registers. From baroque music to jazz and even to popular music, there is hardly a genre that is not played with old cellos. Far more than a mere “little bass”, as its name suggests, cellos as being the deepest voice in the violin family have a musical radius that extend from solo performance to various ensemble combinations. Constructing a versatile stringed instrument as the cello may be described with little exaggeration as the crowning achievement of the luthiers’ art. Discriminating musicians of any musical persuasion are sure to discover interesting old cellos and antique cellos, 3/4 cellos and cello bows for sale with personality in our online collection. Search our website for cellos of a special maker or origin by typing e. g. "German cello" or "3/4 cello" into the search box. Discover old cellos, antique cellos and master cellos at Corilon violins: each one competently restored by our qualified violin makers violin makers and offered ready to play.

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English cello, 1984, H.E. Runnacles  - table

English cello, mid 20th century

Inventory No.: 3684
Provenance: prob. England
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 75.6 cm
Year: approx. 1950
Price: 5000.0 €

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Good English Cello, made around 1950

SALE: Good English Cello, made around 1950

Inventory No.: 2402
Provenance: England
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 75.1 cm
Year: mid 20th century
Price: 5000.0 €

Mittenwald cello from the Eugen Gärtner collection

Old Mittenwald cello from the Eugen Gärtner collection

Inventory No.: 2714
Provenance: Mittenwald / Stuttgart
Maker: Eugen Gärtner
Length of back: 75.5 cm
Year: approx. 1900
Price: 8500.0 €

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Very beautiful Viennese cello, approx. 1800 - 1820 - top

Fine Viennese cello, approx. 1800 - 1820

Inventory No.: 3863
Provenance: Vienna
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 74.0 cm
Year: 1800 - 1820
Price: 18500.0 €


New arrivals in our catalogue
  • Old German Violin. Guarnerius model by Hermann Dölling jr., ca. 1920
  • SALE: Antique German violin, 1920's, Markneukirchen
  • Interesting violin, probably Italian 1920's
  • Richly ornated Markneukirchen violin, approx. 1930
  • Justin Derazey, French violin dated approx. 1880
  • Fine Mittenwald violin. After Aegidius Kloz, c.1800
  • SALE: German violin. Made in the 1950's
  • Fine French violin bow. Marie Louis Piernot, Paris (certificate J. F. Raffin)
  • Fine Italian violin. Milanese, Liuteria Italiana Luigi Mozzani, 1921
  • Antique German violin. Max Osterode, Stuttgart, 1915 No. 23
  • German Markneukirchen violin bow, approx. 1940 - warm tone
  • 1/4 - Rare French 1/4 violin, approx. 1850
  • Petite French viola: Joseph Nicolas fils, Mirecourt, 1849
  • Excellent old German violin bow. Sweet, fluid sound, 1950's
  • German Markneukirchen violin bow, silver, with a blank frog
  • 19th century violin from Mittenwald, approx. 1850
  • Fine contemporary viola bow. Rudolf Neudörfer, Bubenreuth
  • Petite, late 18th century Italian violin, central Italy (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)
  • H. R. Pfretzschner viola bow, a strong player, c. 1940
  • Christian Friedrich Meinel, master violin from the Vogtland region, circa 1760
  • 18th century English violin, approx. 1760. Probably James Preston
  • Fine soloist violin by Nicolò Gagliano, 1762 (certificate J. & A. Beare) - financial investment
  • Giuseppe Pedrazzini, fine Italian violin (certificate J. & A. Beare) - financial investment
  • Bavarian violin from the Krauss workshop, Landshut 1954