Instrument Valuation

We pay you immediately and can offer a safe and expedient alternative to selling at auction.

Send photos for a free valuation of antique instruments by email or Whatsapp.

No small size or modern student instruments please - Best to sell these on Ebay.

Amber Violins are specialists in good or fine quality Violins, Violas, Cellos and Bows made before 1940.


Please attach photos to an email to or send them by Whatsapp to 07767 833836.

Scroll down this page to see examples of photos. Always take pictures straight at the face of an instrument, no artistic shots at an angle, daylight is better than flash or artificial light.

Front View

Your pictures should show the front, pointed straight down at the instrument without the neck and scroll. No artistic angles please.


Back View

Your pictures should show the back, pointed straight down at the instrument without the neck.


Scroll View

Your pictures should show one side of the Scroll in full, straight at the instrument without the neck and body.


Bow Tip

Your pictures should show the Bow Tip, showing the tip of the bow from the side.


Bow Frog

Your pictures should show the bow frog in full, showing the frog of the bow from the side. Include a close up of a name stamp if there is one.



State any Violin Makers name on a label and if possible take a picture by shining a light inside the instrument through the F hole on the other side.


Back Measurment

Please give the length of the back in millimeters.

Documentation & History

Details of any documents or history with the instrument are always useful.


If you choose to sell to us, payment can be made to you immediately in advance by bank transfer or cheque.

You may do better than selling at auction, the costs of auctioneers commission, buyers premium, photography and insurance can add up to over 35% of the auction sale price, the process can take many months. We can usually match or better the estimated price that you are likely to receive when selling at an auction.

To request a Valuation, please email us . or Whatsapp on 07767 833836.

Postage and Insurance

If you do choose to sell to Amberviolins, your instruments can be sent to us by courier or registered post from anywhere in the world.

We pay for specialist insurance that will cover instruments in transit.

We will also travel to see collections or higher value items that are for sale.

Instruments and bows recently bought, by these makers;

Gagliano, Grancino, Amati, Testore, Vuillaume, Gand, Bernardel, Lott, Betts, Forster, Peccatte, Sartory, Lamy, Voirin and many others.