Authentication of Ch. J.B. COLLIN-MEZIN cello (1900)
I inherited a Ch. J.B. COLLIN-MEZIN cello from my great grandfather (who bought it new from a shop in Philadelphia). I am considering selling it and have gotten it appraised by several luthiers. The latest place I consulted was Potter Violins, near Washington D.C. Everyone agrees that it is a Collin-Mezin but they are unsure whether it was made by the father or the son. The price is very different depending on which family member made it. I've been told I have to see an expert to determine this.
How do I find an expert who's qualified to do this? The people I've spoken with can't give me specific names.
I'm surprised Dalton Potter didn't tell you who you could take it to who would have a more definitive opinion. Have you tried Brobst in Alexandria?
I'm pretty sure Collin Mezin was a factory type operation, so neither father or son would have been directly involved in the actual building of the cello, but rather in an oversight position.
Try posting on maestronet.com.
Yes, Maestronet could help you.
I second Lydia's suggestion about trying Brobst.
Christopher Reuning in Boston