Free Instrument Valuation

Pregister your interest in London where our experts can help you discover the true value of your instrument so that you can make an informed choice about what you do with it.

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Valuation Day Location


The Langham, 1c Portland Place, Regent Street, London, W1B 1JA
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10th August 2018

9am - 5pm.

Meet the Amati Specilaists

Specialist Team

20 years experience
Meet the team

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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.

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Meet the Amati specialists:

James Buchanan, Amati Specialist

James Buchanan

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 Knight, Amati Specialist

Oswald Knight

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.


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Read Our Reviews

"Mr. Buchanan was knowledgeable and I appreciate his candor, his engaging manor and the free service that was provided."
- Todd Ryan

"The expert made a trustworthy impression and did almost immediately suggest a correct determination. I was very impressed. My warmest recommendations."
- Goran Asketorp

"I am very satisfied with the service provided and with the friendly contact and communication. Thank you amati!"
- Ulf Fischer

"The valuation was very professional and I got all the information I was looking for. I will highly recommend Amati."
- Povl Holmstrom

"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 can't praise the service enough - from the charming young man who opened the door through to receiving payment."
- Mrs A Jones

"The sale was arranged smoothly and payment was made on time. I would have no hesitation in approaching them again."
- Mr M. Taylor

"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


Unable to make this date?

Not to worry! We have other valuation days and an online valuation option. More details below:

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Take a look at our valuation days calendar

We host valuation days regularly across the UK and Internationally so please check our Calendar for details. Or please give us a call if you have more specific requirements.

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You can always get a valuation online

Want to know how much your violin, cello or viola is worth? All we need are a few photos of your instrument, and any details you think that might help with its history or condition.

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Prefer to give us a call?

We are always available over the phone to book an appointment or just discuss the valuation services if you have any questions.