The most accurate way to appraise your instrument is for me to see it in my shop where I can physically study and inspect it, and assess any needed repairs. However, I realize not everyone can bring their instrument to our shop in St. Paul, Minnesota. The Online Appraisal Service is your next best option. An accurate Online Appraisal relies upon you to take accurate measurements and to provide detailed photographs. Please realize the accuracy of your appraisal will be influenced by the accuracy of the pictures and measurements that you provide.
Once you order your appraisal please send us photos and measurements using our guidlines below.
1. Picture of label located inside the instrument. Must be in focus!
2. Picture of entire top of the instrument.
3. Picture of the entire back of the instrument.
4. Picture of the scroll.
Please make sure all measurements are IN FOCUS using a 8 megapixel camera or greater.
Length of the body. (Measured on the back of the instrument. Just the solid piece of wood not including the neck or the button.) Measurements in inches or metric are fine. For accuracy, I'd prefer metric.
Any additional information:
Please send us any additional information that you might have (copies of receipts, history, previous appraisals or certificates, etc.). Once the online appraisal is completed it will be emailed to you. If you would also like a signed, written copy on our letterhead sent by regular mail, please let us know in advance, and be sure to provide us with your full name and mailing address.
If you have an instrument, but you are unsure if it's worth appraising, read our blog entry:
- Item #: APPR-ONLINE