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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.

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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

Italian Violin, c. 1700, School of Andrea Guarneri, possibly composite, featured in the April 29, 2012 Fine Musical Instruments auction (Lot 68, $15,000-25,000)

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.… 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.