The fact that it is valuable does not always require proof. It may just mean that a buyer is interested in it. Your first and foremost goal should be to get it appraised, by a trustworthy, knowledgeable individual. If your instrument isn’t valued, it would be wise to contact an art dealer to check price and value. It is not uncommon to come across antique instruments being worth a small fortune. If the person you are dealing with is willing to provide a price for your violin and will go to great length to show you the money and ask you to return the instrument at the agreed price when the appraiser is done, that is all the more proof that they are worthy of your valuable instrument.
Is the price for a used violin acceptable for the initial sale?
The initial sale price should not be considered an appraisal, especially if the instrument is a reproduction and your original has seen better days. The initial purchase price should, at the very least, convey that in your mind it is not a high mark-up opportunity.
What is the auction procedure and how will it be presented?
The auction committee will determine what the highest priced instrument should be, and will then schedule a private sale with that instrument. After the auction, the highest priced instrument will be sold and sent to either the buyer or seller.
What are the requirements in writing with each instrument before shipping?
These are simple written instructions covering the importance of shipping and the various items that need to be included. You also need to be aware that there are additional paperwork and costs involved when shipping your instrument. It is important to get all these items arranged ahead of time if possible.
Can I order more than one instrument?
If you are planning on buying more than one violins, please consider taking note of these rules regarding the shipping of violins.
If any part of your instrument’s body cannot fit through an air-tight lid, the lid must be secured. Air-tight lids must not allow the instrument body or back plate to slide inside or out of the lid. Lids must not be so hard that the top and bottom cannot slide together. When attaching two or more lids to one instrument the weight of the lid will cause the bottom surface of the lid to rub on or bounce off the top at the joint. If one side rubs the other side out or the top has enough friction, the instrument can be damaged.
How should I care for my instrument?