Do you find yourself in the market to sell a cello, viola, guitar, or violin? Perhaps you have an instrument you'd like to have appraised and then sell? Whatever the case, you may be wondering how to assess the value and quality of your stringed instrument.
Through the years, stringed instruments have offered honeyed hues and graceful curves, as well as beautiful sounds for many musicians and audiences. As with most things, stringed instruments have been created by using a number of methods, some more high-quality than others. Here we’re going to look at some of the basics when it comes to stringed instruments and their value.
Prices can be variable when it comes to stringed musical instruments. Making the price lower or higher, a number of things can contribute including the maker, materials, and condition..
What if you want to purchase an instrument? Do bargains exist? Maybe, but one has to be extremely careful. Check to see if there is a “no return” policy (a trial period is always nice), and never buy something sight unseen. More often than not, when it comes to musical stringed instruments, you get what you pay for.
Here are a few tidbits to keep in mind when shopping for or collecting musical stringed instruments:
You could be opening the door to forgery and fraud if you decide to purchase an especially fine stringed instrument. Particularly with beginning musicians, things like price and value may not be fully understood. If possible, bring someone along with you who knows the ropes when you purchase your stringed instrument.
If a certain price range is exceeded by the purchase of an expensive instrument, make sure you're buying from a reputable retailer, a legitimate source or a verified/researched private individual. The instruments should also come with a certificate or appraisal from a recognized expert if they are particularly pricey.
At Wm. Roland Appraisers & Estate Advisors, we've been proudly serving the tri-state area for almost half a century. With liquidators, estate advisors, and appraisers, we provide prices that are fair and competitive. Contact us today if you’d like to find out more by phoning 212-425-0221.
The downsizing and estate buying or liquidation services offered by Wm. Roland Appraisers & Estate advisors utilize our impressive level of market intelligence and expertise. We appraise things like jewelry, silver, fine art, studio art glass, musical instruments, luxury items (designer handbags, high end wrist watches, couture fashion), Judaica, Asian antiques, and more.