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When I was an undergraduate at a prominent Ivy League college many decades ago, I was in a conversation with the chair of the music department and he told me about a collection of musical instruments that were left to the school by alumni. They were sitting in a closet because there was no program to catalogue or care for the instruments. I asked to go through the closet and found some very interesting instruments. More recently, I've noticed that some of our prominent musicians were loaned instruments by their conservatories when they started their music studies, including Juilliard and the Royal School of Music. Are there prominent collections of musical instruments held by colleges and conservatories that we hear little about? Perhaps schools like Curtis, New England, Thornton, Oberlin, and so on? And are any of these schools looking for instruments that might be willed to them, perhaps as living will artifacts for tax purposes?
Dear All, Recently my godfather passed away and left a fairly considerable number of assorted stringed instruments and bows to me in his will. Despite being a professional violinist I am woefully ignorant when it comes to identifying instruments and wondered whether anyone on here could help? These two violins seem to be the most recent in the collection and despite not having been played for about fifteen years are still incredibly responsive. Apologies for the quality of the photos, the lighting in the house is incredibly poor. Thanks in advance. http://imgur.com/a/jJwyj#0