Instrumental Insight provides truly independent, comprehensive instrument condition analysis reports. Our analysis team consists of three internationally recognized specialists in their respective fields guaranteeing the highest quality data interpretation. Using revolutionary techniques, we can show what even the eyes of trained experts cannot see.

Strad Magazine recently published an article on the "Top 10 Things You Need To Know About the String World" and listed independent condition reports as number one. They insist that no major purchase of a instrument should be completed without such a report being conducted and that in a few short years it will be standard practice. It just makes good business sense.

We are the only company in the world using computed tomography (CT) software designed especially for wood rather than living tissue which significantly improves the depth of our CT analysis. Our dendrochronology expert has developed dedicated cross-dating software and precision measuring equipment designed specifically for performing dendrochronology examinations. Although our focus is on violins, violas, and cellos, we can provide reports on virtually any instrument made of wood.  

Because we have arrangements with medical centers worldwide, we are able to come to your location or the nearest large city to scan your instrument. No shipping is involved. The instrument is only out of it's case for a short time and returned to the owner immediately afterward.

Our instrument condition reports are bound in beautiful hard cover book; intended to supplement the Certificate of Authenticity for the life of the instrument. (click here to see sample book)

Our partners provide the best of both worlds for this endeavor;

  • Terry Borman is an internationally recognized violin maker with over 35 years experience studying, analyzing, and building instruments for some of the top soloists in the world today as well as being one of the pioneers in CT analysis of stringed instruments. 

  • Berend Stoel, Ph.D. is a professor of medical imaging with a specialty in software development and quantitative CT analysis. He has designed imaging software that provides an additional level of analysis unavailable from any other source.

  • Peter Ratcliff provides professional dendrochronological services for museums and private owners and has compiled an extensive dendochronological database for comparison purposes.

Together, they have completed condition analysis and dendrochronology reports on some of the most prized instruments in the world.  

Collectors, curators, instrument shops, auction houses, restoration specialists, and of course musicians will all benefit from this service. Commissioning a complete report (CT scan, dendrochronology, and UV varnish analysis) before purchase is a prudent investment, as opposed to discovering later there are significant internal issues that reduce the instrument's intrinsic or resale value. Purveyors will be able to provide complete transparency and independent corroboration of the condition and age of instruments they are selling.

Please explore the site to learn more about how you may benefit from this revolutionary service.  If you have further questions, please visit the contact us page.