Amati Valuation Days

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9 valuation days found

Mar
20

10:00 - 17:00

Prestonfield House, Priestfield Road,
Edinburgh, EH16 5UT
United Kingdom

Mar
21

09:00 - 17:00

Crowne Plaza Newcastle - Stephenson Quarter, Hawthorn Square, Forth Street,
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3SA
United Kingdom

Mar
22

09:00 - 17:00

Colwick Hall Hotel, Racecourse Road
Nottingham, NG2 4BH
United Kingdom

Apr
2

09:00 - 17:00

Hotel Eggers, Drottningtorget 2-4
Göteborg, 411 03
Sweden

Apr
3

09:00 - 18:00

Hotel Scandic, Stortorget 15
Malmö, 211 22
Sweden

Apr
4

09:00 - 13:00

Hotel Scandic, Stortorget 15
Malmö, 211 22
Sweden

Apr
5

09:00 - 17:00

Three Counties Hotel, Belmont Rd, Belmont,
Hereford, HR2 7BP
United Kingdom

May
15

10:00 - 18:00

Hotel Ibis Styles Stockholm Odenplan, Västmannagatan 61B
Stockholm, 113 25
Sweden

May
16

10:00 - 18:00

Hotel Ibis Styles Odenplan, Västmannagatan 61B
Stockholm, 113 25
Sweden

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Meet the Specialists

James Buchanan

James is an expert in examining and valuing stringed musical instruments. He has worked for Bonhams, Christies, and was a founding member of Brompton's. In terms of experience, nothing can compare to handling and examining the instruments themselves.

Oliver Bell
Simon Howes

Simon studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and now has a successful career as a professional violinist. He travels the world recording and performing with all manner of different ensembles and artists.

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The widow of a well-known Eastern European violinist brought us his violin to value. We knew straight away that the instrument was a good one – it had a gorgeous back of oppio wood, a reliable indicator of quality.

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There were a number of makers who could have made the violin, so extensive research was necessary and the research took some time.

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Eventually, the violin was sold for a good price and the client was very happy. I think she enjoyed the relaxed and informal nature of the valuation day. She also appreciated the care we took with our research on her instrument.

Why do we value instruments for free?

We are often asked why we offer free stringed instrument valuations. The simple answer is because some people wish to sell their instruments and we hope they will sell through us. There is, of course, absolutely no obligation, expectation or assumption from us that this will be the case.

We are happy for people to request a valuation because they want to learn more about the instrument’s origin. We understand that many people become very attached to their instruments, particularly if they have played them for a long time, or the instrument has been in the family for generations. We also understand that it makes people feel better to own something beautiful and valuable.

However, there are often times when you might feel that a sale is either necessary or desirable. You may no longer play your instrument, or you need the money, or there is no one who wishes to play the family violin. Whatever the reason, the decision to sell will always be your decision.

And, if you do choose to sell, be assured that we at Amati will respect and care for your instrument throughout the auction process, and do our utmost to get the best possible price for it.

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