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Sending violin for certification/any good expert on modern Italian makers?


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3 hours ago, jacobsaunders said:

No, you would finish up paying customs/input VAT in both directions

I kept the tax bill on my side, so the worse it would be tax bill one way on their side. It wouldn't be difficult for them to have supporting return documents.

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Whomever you decide to use, it's best to send GOOD photos first. That might finish everything right there. Some experts are remarkably good working with pictures and know whether it's worth the fuss to go farther, though they won't want to give a final opinion without seeing the actual instrument.

And you might also be surprised to discover that your chosen expert might be in your area sooner or later--these people get around.

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I don't know exactly where you live, but since you mentioned a shop in Shibuya in another thread;

There's a shop called Matsuo in Tokyo, who invite Eric Blot and others regularly for clients who want their instruments and bows certified. I don't know if they're still doing it as regularly as they used to pre-Covid era, though.

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