Meet the team

Amati is an online auction house specialising in the sale of stringed musical instruments.


Sarah Buchanan – Director

Sarah runs the day-to-day operations of the Amati business. She oversees our large single owner collection auctions, some of which have achieved sales of an incredible 100%.



James Buchanan – Director and Specialist

James is an expert in examining and valuing stringed musical instruments. He has worked for Bonhams, Christies, and was a founding member of Brompton's. In terms of experience, nothing can compare to handling and…



Kai Dase – Specialist

For more than twenty years, Kai Dase has been a violin maker and expert. He ran one of the UK’s busiest restoration workshops for nearly fifteen years and trained many restorers who now work all over the world.



Simon Howes – Specialist

Simon studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and now has a successful career as a professional violinist. He travels the world recording and performing with all manner of different ensembles and artists.



Charlott Fagergård – Client liaison manager

Charlott is originally from Sweden but relocated to the UK to pursue a career in good food and events management. For over four years, she owned and managed a highly successful gastropub and restaurant in Monmouthshire.



Oliver Bell – Auction manager

Oliver manages the auction cataloging process from start to finish. He is always on hand at Amati viewing days to help our buyers with any questions about buying musical instruments through auction.



Judy Payne – Financial manager

Judy is Amati’s Finance Department. She joined Amati from a merchandising company, where she helped turn it from a start-up to a successful business. In the past, she has also worked as Office Manager and Personal…



Carles Riba – Client services

You are most likely to meet Carles with an Amati specialist at valuation days around Spain. He will be translating, as well as enjoying meeting people and seeing their stringed instruments.



Ralph Windle - Photographer, Shipping co-ordinator

Ralph is the man who takes all the superb photographs of the instruments that come through Amati. He is also in charge of coordinating the safe shipping of your instruments around the world.

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