contemporary makers up for auction


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Back when I was involved in Tarisio, I found that makers were universally unhappy when their instruments landed in the auction. I recall several conversations with Sam Z prior to the Stern sale...trying to reassure him that his two violins would do ok.

We generally tried to avoid taking contemporary violins because they sold quite poorly and encouraged the owners to take them back to the dealer or maker who originally sold it. The makers certainly appreciated that consideration.

That's what I thought.

Another question regarding an instrument at auction is how far does a makers warranty go? Would workmanship guarantees extend to the owner of a violin bought through auction rather then a secondary sale or through a shop?

Without actually holding the instrument, one can't be sure of the condition at the time of sale. Who knows what your poor little violin has been through?

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