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Fine Musical Instruments Consignment Day | New York

TUESDAY, JULY 30 | 10AM-4PM | WESTCHESTER, NY

Skinner is inviting consignments of Fine Musical Instruments for upcoming 2019 auctions. Skinner’s Director of Fine Musical Instruments, Adam Tober will be in the Westchester, NY office on Tuesday, July 30 to offer verbal evaluations and accept consignments of your bowed and fretted string instruments, including antique violins, violas, cellos, and their bows, as well as vintage guitars, mandolins, and banjos.Read More

Now Inviting Consignments | Fine Musical Instruments

Skinner has been hosting dedicated, live auctions of Fine Musical Instruments in Boston continuously for over thirty years, and remains the only full-service auction house in America to do so. Skinner’s Fall Fine Musical Instruments Auction will showcase a selection of classical string instruments and their bows, vintage fretted instruments, and a wide array of lutherie materials, tools, and books.

From Amati, Stradivari and Guarneri, to Pressenda, Fagnola and Scarampella, Italian violins spanning four centuries represent the pinnacle of the art form.… Read More

A Well-loved Gagliano Violin Brings $168,000 at Auction

As a violin-maker, I automatically think of the Gagliano family whenever I think of Naples, Italy. Beginning as far back as 1640 with Alessandro Gagliano and ending with Vincenzo Gagliano in the early 1900s, the family produced a remarkable number of fine violins, violas, and cellos. The most prominent personalities of the family, Alessandro, Nicolaus, and Gennaro, emerge in the more important works that bear the Gagliano label.

Horst Kloss Appointed as Fine Musical Instrument Specialist

Veteran luthier brings more than four decades of authentication & appraisal experience

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. – August 28, 2013 – Skinner Auctioneers and Appraisers is pleased to announce the appointment of Horst Kloss to its Fine Musical Instruments department in the role of specialist. Kloss will, in partnership with Jill Arbetter, department director pro tem, source, authenticate, and appraise fine stringed instruments, bows, and fretted instruments for presentation in Skinner Fine Musical Instruments auctions.… Read More

Stringed Instrument Guide: What to Look for in a Composite Violin, Viola, or Cello

Composite instruments are those that have had one or more of their original parts replaced. They can represent a significant opportunity for string players who are seeking a good value in a playable 18th or 19th century violin, viola, or cello.

If you have found a composite instrument with a sound that you love, your next step is to determine its fair market value. This can be difficult at times. As a player, your first consideration is naturally sound quality, but it’s also very important to know if the instrument will hold its value should you ever need or wish to sell it.… Read More

Perfection in a Rare Guitar: the Martin D-45

C.F. Martin & Company had always made guitars in a very conservative style, and was even reluctant to list the D-45 as a regular item in their catalogue. Beginning in 1933, a few dozen were made at the request of famous cowboy personalities and specialty music stores. Gene Autry, Nolan “Cowboy Slim” Rinehart, Tex Fletcher, Jackie Moore and others wanted big guitars that would get them noticed. Martin added more pearl inlay on these instruments than on any D-size guitar that they had made previously, and used only selected pieces of spruce and rosewood of exceptional quality.