Current condition of the instrument is not important. Authenticity, however, is essential. The most reliable evidence that a classical Italian instrument is authentic is a certificate or appraisal from a reputable dealer, preferably accompanied by a history of the instrument.
If you believe you have such an instrument and are interested in selling it, you may either email us to discuss it or simply send us, by regular mail to the address below, the following: a copy of all documentation, a description of the instrument, all information you have regarding its history, and photographs, if available. Be sure to send us copies of any certificates. Keep the originals in a safe place.
Please do not email photos to us unless we have indicated that we would like to see them.
We are prepared to purchase authentic classical instruments, or to restore your classical instrument and sell it for you.
Dr. Charles Ervin represents the great tradition of Cremona at its highest level. His knowledge of restoration and adjustment enhances the qualities of Stradivarius, Guarnerius, Gaspar da Salo, Amati and all the elect of quality makers.
Professor of Cello and Chamber Music,
University of Texas at Austin
Solo Recording Artist with the English Chamber Orchestra,