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  1. My sale is finally complete and I would like to thank the people here for the advice. Although I did end up selling the violin in Seoul (I got a free trip out of it!!), the violin will be played by a really fine musician in the US. Here's what I learned in case others find themselves in the same position: -Take your time, don't be in a hurry. I had quite a few people offer extremely low prices for it in the beginning, a lot of experts pointed out things that turned out not to be creditable, trying to persuade me that my belief in the instrument was misplaced. One company in the upper Northeast was down right nasty trying to get it from me. They came on so strong at one point that I started laughing!! Reminded me of the old used car business before Lemon Laws came out in the 80s. -The paperwork for sale and tax forms were complicated and required the help of a professional. The sale had to be filed with the US and there was a waiting period, about 6 weeks in order to have the funds transferred -Surprisingly, there was no negotiating the price! With the help of a restorer, I came up with what I thought was a fair but high price. The buyer accepted that outright, however I was required to sign a nondisclosure agreement as well as a secrecy document which gave me pause. I hope this information helps someone, thanks again for the advice. I'm glad this is over with. Cheers
  2. Thanks very much for the genuine information, I really appreciate it. Some of the comments though spooked me even more, not to mention the 38 private messages I've gotten offering to sell the violin. Some of you though gave me good information and I really appreciate it again. In the 80s, my brother was a junk bond trader, made a lot of money in a greedy frenzy, then shot it up his nose. He died on the street in 1991, I think the most he made one year was 3 Million dollars. I mention this because some of the comments here/the feel of the violin dealing world seems to me as desperate/greedy to make a buck, it's scary to somebody who spent 40 years saving every penny. Take care of yourselves, money aint everything (advice from an old man) :). ANyway, to clear up my post: -the violin is from 1737 -it was played by a teacher at the Juilliard School in the early 1900s -It's Italian -It was bought from a company called Wurlitzer -I'm being vague because I'm spooked -Nothing is wrong with it/changed. I was offered 7 figures minus 25%. The money will fund the rest of my life and then be donated to Catholic charities when I die. -I was told by a friend of my father in the LA Symphony to look in Asia, not by a dealer. -At this point, I think I'm going to bring it to a repair man in Boston, he's old and honest, a good pair in my opinion. Thanks again to you few, I gave it a try! Jaap
  3. Hello, I'm in the process of selling a violin that's been in my family for 100 years. The violin was played by a pretty famous violinist for many years and is well documented; no one doubts the authenticity of the instrument. However, I've had a miserable time shopping it around to dealers in the US. I've been told to visit Asia with it and try there, but I have limited funds, in fact the violin is pretty much all I have. I'm 68 and on a fixed income. Are there people who do this as a job? What exactly does it mean to "go to Asia"? Asia is big!! I was a used car dealer for 36 years and generally my commission was 2%. Philaldelphia, NYC, LA.. they all want 25-30% of the selling price!! Where I'm from, they call that a racket! I'm probably just jealous.Thanks for your input
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