What have you found?
Did you inherit an instrument? Or did you find one in an antique store? Perhaps you won the bid on a violin in an auction or on Ebay?
Regardless of where you got the instrument and/or bow, you may be interested in
selling it or finding out its heritage.
For most people, the mystery of a violin, viola or 'cello captures you and makes you wonder . . . who made this instrument . . . what country did it come from . . .
who played it . . . what is it worth?
Unless you have lutherie expertise or have been studying and collecting
instruments and bows for a number of years, your instrument is . . . a big
Within the pages of our website, we're sharing with you information that will
help you answer some of the questions about your instrument and/or bow.
A "Cliff Notes" history on string instrument making, a vocabulary of parts of an
instrument and bow, directions on handling and shipping an instrument, example of photos we may ask to see, specifics
on what instruments and bows we are interested in purchasing and advice
What are we looking for?
We are interested in purchasing quality European and/or American string
instruments and their bows. We are not interested in student instruments
or Chinese instruments or bows. For more specifics, please call us and we
can discuss our criteria in depth.
Where shall we start?
Your first question probably has to do with our expertise. After
reading about our violin shop and our education, you'll want to get your
instrument out and begin to examine it so we can discuss its
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