There is always a market for high-quality vintage and antique musical instruments. In fact, we often place well-made or exceptional instruments like these with advanced collectors and musicians:
- 1920s Gibson mandolin
- 19th-century five-string Bacon and Day banjo with ornate inlays
- Fine violins by recognized makers or schools
- Rare vintage acoustic or electric guitars
A Word About Violins
We often see and buy violins with Stradivarius, Guarneri or Amati labels. These instruments were almost always mass-produced in and around Germany in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. They usually bear facsimile copies of labels that often have the date written in. These violins, while not worth thousands or millions of dollars, may still be valuable. When one of these violins comes in, it often has a market value of only about $50 to $150 because it needs significant conditioning or repair. After investing at least $100 to $200 to make it playable, the quality of craftsmanship and the resulting tone may raise the violin’s retail value to anywhere between $300 and $1,200. As a result, the investment in refurbishing the instrument doesn’t always pay off, and it’s impossible to tell if it will until the work has been done.