Amber Violins have recently bought fine instruments and bows by;
Gagliano, Grancino, Amati, Testore, Vuillaume, Gand, Bernardel, Lott, Betts, Forster, Peccatte, Sartory, Lamy, Voirin and many others.


Do You Want to Sell a Good or Fine Quality

Violin, Viola, Cello or Bow Over 60 Years Old?

We offer payment in advance if you choose to sell to us.

Send photos and we should be able to provide some history and a well researched market valuation and may be able to make an immediate offer.


We are always searching for good and fine quality violins, violas, cellos and bows that are over 60 years old, in good condition or in need of expert restoration.

Follow the instructions below.
We do not buy modern factory made student instruments or children’s instruments.


Try to recreate the photos shown below, and make sure the pictures are well-focused and taken against a plain, neutral-coloured background. Do not use flash if possible, daylight is best. Always take pictures straight at the face of an instrument, no artistic shots at an angle. Send full size as attachment to email, zip files are not good.


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

Selling at auction takes many months and can also end in disappointment when items often fail to sell and the seller is encouraged to lower the reserve price and try again.


Competitive Prices

The costs of auctioneers commission, buyers premium, photography and insurance can add up to over 35% of the auction sale price. We can usually match or better the price that you are likely to receive when selling at an auction.

If you would like a valuation and perhaps an offer, please send us your pictures of your instrument to [email protected] as an email attachment or call 0044 (0)7767 833836 with full details.

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.


Pictures and Information

Back measurement.

Please give any details you have on the instrument, including its history and the length of the body of the instrument in millimetres (mm)

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 in full, 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.