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

We can offer a safe and expedient alternative to selling at auction and have recently bought
very good quality instruments from retiring professional string players and their families.

Click on the blue tab near the bottom of this page to send photos and obtain a well researched valuation, we will reply by email and may be able to make an offer.


Payment can be made to you immediately in advance by bank transfer or cheque.


Send photos by uploading using the button below, or as an attachment to an email, zip files are not good. 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 measurement.

Please give the length of the back in millimeters.

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

Competitive Prices

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 make immediate payment and can usually match or better the price that you are likely to receive when selling at an auction.

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 and are often willing to pay you in advance. 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.