From Kristine Grinberg
Posted July 1, 2007 at 07:11 PM
To which price ranges belong your instrument and bow?
Do you want to sell on commission or against cash?
What condition is your instrument and bow?
Only if those parameters are known a useful sale strategy can be build to put the items on the market.
My violin bow is by James Tubbs - around $10,000+ (don't remember the year it was made) - very good condition (just needs to be re-haired).
My viola is by Gottfried Raabs, 1985 - around $6,000 - $10,000 (?) - very good condition.
I would like to maximize my profit and I am not in a rush, but need to know the best way to go about selling, preferably in NYC.
take it from someone who has recently just been putting a lot of stuff on consignment...
nothing you have there will really warrant the attention of the bigger shops in NYC. The assistants at Morel and other places will be very nice to you and will definately take it, but those aren't really the types of things they like to spend their days showing. When you say "valuable", it means something different in NYC. You have to remember that some of these shops make more from a repair than they'd make from those instruments.
That said, if you want to sell it there, look for small dealers. Don't go to one of the big shops. Personally I've had a lot of success with a guy who travels around a lot on the east coast and in California, and he is getting my stuff sold pretty quickly. I think something like that is the best for you, in your price range.
This is my personal experience and that of others. Big shops usually just don't care about affordable instruments.
It's not that they get shelved, it's that often they don't care or are completely unaware of the violin. It's understandable... they're worrying about selling Tourtes and Del Gesus, not my little violin or bow. So of course after 6 or so months, it's understandable that they forgot they even had it, and never ended up showing it.
It's something that happens pretty often, at least with people I talk to... it also happened with something I had at a big Chicago shop.
I think in any event, a small outfit which is quite active in the sales of your type of instrument is the best way to go. Even with my limited experience, I've always found that the best stuff is to be found in the hands of collectors/private sellers.
It's far from all bad, but the case I describe (and I'm not going to name names), is not uncommon. Maybe things have changed since you left.
Joel do you care to elaborate?
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