Value determination instruments
Musical instruments are a musical partner for the respective owner. Many people develop an intimate relationship with their instruments over the years. For them, violin, viola, piano, and Co. have more than material value and are priceless as a companion. But questions arise when it comes to determining the value of the instruments. Various factors play a role here.
Musical instruments and value
On the one hand, a basis for determining the quality of string instruments is the material that was used for the construction. The focus is on the grain of the wood, a medium to a narrow pattern of the wood annual rings is generally a quality feature for spruce wood, from which the top is usually made. The regularity of the growth speaks for the quality of the tonewood, mostly maple is used for this. The violin fingerboard was usually made of solid ebony until around 1900, but hardwoods are less valuable. In addition to the wood used, the lacquer is also an important feature. Quality and thus the value of the instruments can be determined here. The varnish is not decisive for the sound of the string instrument, but it is a striking feature. It shows how much effort and care was taken and has an impact on the value of the instruments. Resin lacquers and nitro lacquers were used for low quality. Again and again, new instruments of all kinds come onto the market, there are no rules that old instruments sound better than new ones. However, instruments from well-known and ancient manufacturers are often much higher in value, they have a collector’s value. The origin of the instrument is also decisive in determining the value. For example, certain regions with their typical properties apply to the valuable places of origin. For everyone who sees not just a decorative piece in their musical instrument, the playing characteristics, and above all the sound are decisive for the value. Individual requirements and preferences play an important role. The use of the instrument depends on its volume, responsiveness, and timbre. A sound test offers the first orientation option.
It is important never to use one characteristic alone to determine the value of the instruments but to look at everything in one unit. Origin, name, age, the current condition, and the rarity value determine the material value of instruments.
The value at which they can finally be sold naturally also depends on whether there are interested parties or collectors who would like to pay the desired price. If you are not sure, you can consult a specialist who will help you with the appropriate specialist knowledge in the valuation and assessment of the instrument.