The benefits of our reports to auction houses are similar in many ways to those of instrument shops, i.e.:

  • no potentially biased second opinions
  • increased buyer confidence provided by the seller’s willingness to provide full disclosure about instrument condition
  • fully independent reports by extremely experienced individuals in their respective fields of lutherie, instrument restoration, and medical imaging
  • we come to you to perform the scan - no shipping is involved
  • reports available for review prior to an auction will reduce delays and potential returns due to concerns about condition
  • optional dendrochronology report adds supporting documentation for Certificate of Authenticity
  • significant reduction in potential future issues regarding seller disclosure as the report will have outlined anything of concern
  • beautifully hard-bound book to accompany the instrument’s Certificate of Authenticity

At the time of the auction, the buyer will have everything they need to know regarding the instrument’s physical condition, allowing them to bid with comfort knowing they are making a knowledgeable acquisition.

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.

Auctioneers may choose to require that instruments be scanned prior to placing in an auction so that the report can be viewed in advance by potential buyers and can accompany the instrument upon sale.  Arranging for several instruments to be scanned during the same session will reduce the overall price for each report as many of the fixed costs can be shared among several instruments.