Meet Our Experts
A team with 20 years experience
The specialists at Amati have spent years travelling around the world looking for musical instruments. The discovery of beautiful violins is always a special event. Even bows can be valuable, and valuation days can often reveal some very valuable violin or cello bows. The violin sitting in your attic or lying under the bed can be very valuable, and we are very happy to provide a free appraisal and valuation for your instrument.
Meet the Amati specialists:
James’s introduction to stringed instruments was fourteen years ago when he joined the Musical Instrument Department at Bonham’s. James continued to gain experience in the string world working for or a prominent London dealer, Peter Biddulph, running the European Christie’s Musical Instrument Department and was a founding member of Brompton’s. James left Brompton’s in 2012 and drawing from years of experience in the traditional auction environment was keen to develop an online company. The string market is a small world yet has an international reach and James felt it was time to develop an online marketplace. Amati is the result and since being launched in 2013 has hosted fourteen auctions. James enjoys Italian food, cricket and good beer.
Oswald has been with Amati from the start and is one of our specialists. Oswald, a fluent German speaker joins our consultant Kai Dase on the German valuation tours and James in the UK. Oswald manages the auction cataloging process from start to finish and is always on hand at the auction views to help our buyers with any questions about buying instruments through auction. Oswald enjoys cricket, walking and reeling.
Read Our Reviews
"As a Regiment we found our dealings with you (AMATI) to be very professional."
- Maj (Retd) R M Begbie, Royal Artillery
"His firm and integrated knowledge of violins upon first sight was evident. I would feel confident in recommending this firm for evaluation."
- Glenn Murray
"I appreciate his candor, his engaging manor and the free service that was provided. Amati is serving this community with dignity and expertise across the globe."
- Ted Herring
"The expert made a trustworthy impression and did almost immediately suggest a correct determination. I was very impressed. My warmest recommendations."
- Goran Asketorp
"The valuation was most accurate. I am very grateful to everyone involved."
- Miss A Suttle
"Many thanks for a very good experience of consigning my violin to auction - it was straightforward, well-managed and efficient from start to finish."
- Clare Neal
"The sale was arranged smoothly and payment was made on time. I would have no hesitation in approaching them again."
- Mr M. Taylor
"Mr. Buchanan was knowledgeable and I appreciate his candor, his engaging manor and the free service that was provided."
- Todd Ryan
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