Amati Valuation Days

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10 valuation days found

Nov
13

08:15 - 15:00

AYRE Hotel ASTORIA
Valencia, 46002
Spain

Nov
13

11:00 - 17:00

Macdonald Alveston Manor Hotel, Clopton Bridge
Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 7HP
United Kingdom

Nov
14

09:00 - 14:00

IBIS Bilbao Centro
Bilbao, 48101
Spain

Nov
14

09:00 - 17:00

The Village, Orton Longueville
Peterborough, PE2 7DN
United Kingdom

Nov
15

09:00 - 17:00

Hotel Palafox Zaragoza
Zaragoza, 50004
Spain

Nov
15

09:00 - 17:00

Mildenhall Road
Bury St Edmunds, IP32 6EH
United Kingdom

Nov
16

08:00 - 18:00

Hotel Ibis Styles Madrid Prado
Madrid, 28014
Spain

Nov
16

09:00 - 17:00

36 New Dover Road
Canterbury, CT1 3DU
United Kingdom

Nov
19

09:00 - 17:00

Roßmarkt 7
Frankfurt, 60311
Germany

Nov
19

10:00 - 17:00

Hartsfield Manor, Sandy Lane
Betchworth, RH3 7AA
United Kingdom

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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.

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.

Kai Dase

For more than twenty years, Kai Dase has been a violin maker and expert. He ran one of the UK’s busiest restoration workshops for nearly fifteen years and trained many restorers who now work all over the world.

What Is What Our Customers Say About Us

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.

What Is What Our Customers Say About Us

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

What Is What Our Customers Say About Us

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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