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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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Wilfried Leonhardt, Mittenwald - 3/4 sized cello, ca. 1970 - table
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SALE: 3/4 Cello by Wilfried Leonhardt, Mittenwald

Inventory No.: 2381
Provenance: Mittenwald
Maker: Wilfried Leonhardt
Length of back: 68.8 cm
Year: approx. 1970
Price: 4500.0 €

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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
  • 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