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Meet the Specialists
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 examining the instruments themselves.
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.
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.
Read our reviews
James Buchanan was a super nice guy with tons of information at his fingertips. He was efficient and helpful, as well as professional and friendly! It was a pleasure meeting up with him!
Just to say thank you to Simon for giving me a valuation on my 2 violins yesterday in Newcastle. His advice was very informative & it was a pleasure to meet him.
Thank you very much for your part in arranging our instrument valuation with Simon in Colchester yesterday. The experience greatly exceeded our expectations in the level of individual attention we received and care that he took over explaining the finer details. It was a very enjoyable and enlightening session; please pass on our thanks to him again, Best wishes, Elaine Henson and Stephen Mitchell
I would like to thank you and your colleagues for the highly efficient way you have dealt with this sale and for keeping me so well informed from start to conclusion of the sale.
I had a very positive experience with Amati who valued my two violins. The administration was very efficient and the location very convenient. I know very little about violins in general but the valuation session with Simon Howes was extremely interesting and informative. The arrangement was offered that I could contact Amati again if I wanted to auction my violins and I would certainly not hesitate to do so.
I sold a violin last year through Amati and they recently had my bow valued for free. Oswald, James, Sarah and Charlott are all incredibly helpful, polite, efficient and competent! I most recently spoke to James and he honestly couldn’t have been more helpful and insightful. I’m far from being an expert so it was extremely reassuring when the time was taken to provide me with all the information I could need. Oswald was similarly brilliant last year. As for the auction last year, it went well too and I was happy with the outcome. My thanks to the whole team. Amati is thoroughly recommended!
Payment received thank you very much, and thank you for your excellent service.
I was impressed with your complete service from my initial email and phone call to the fund transfer and everything in between
Many thanks for selling our late father’s violins for us. You did a great job!
Have a wonderful weekend and thank you. We are very pleased with what our violins have achieved and we’re happy that they are going to good homes where they are appreciated and played.
I look forward to receipt of the amount realised, after deduction for commission due to Amati. In the meantime, I would like to thank you and your colleagues for the highly efficient way you have dealt with this sale and for keeping me so well informed from start to conclusion of the sale.
From the first time we met in the valuation of Gothenburg has been a simple and pleasant dialogue on the sale of our items. Many thanks for your help!
It’s hard not to be pleased. Straight, clear information and regular updates. I give Charlott and James at Amati honours and my warmest recommendations.
Thank you also for your many phone calls and updates by email. This was a new experience for me, and my contact with Amati to date has been enjoyable and stress free.
Thank you for your email with the news about the sale of the Paul Bailly violin. It seems quite a good result and I am very pleased with the outcome.
Many thanks again to you and your colleagues, especially Oswald for the work undertaken to achieve a very good outcome in the sale of my violin and bow.
Wow, well done! Simply amazing, never thought that would happen.
I took my violin and a couple of bows to be valued at The Amati Exhibition at The Langham. The service was absolutely excellent. I was also shown the collection of instruments being auctioned and James Buchanan and his colleagues imparted so much knowledge and were really helpful and very friendly. Highly recommended!
From the moment the experts of Amati picked up my violin, they knew they were holding something special. They were utterly professional and caring with the way they proceeded to get the instrument valued and sold. My sentimental attachment to the instrument was taken into consideration and at no time was any pressure put on me to part with my instrument. I found Amati.com to be first and foremost concerned with the client interests before that of the business. Thank you to Amati.com for making the whole process from valuation to auction a personal caring and sharing experience.
Thank you Amati for doing such a great job of selling my mother’s cello and 2 bows. You sold the instruments quickly and were professional and courteous at all times. I would recommend Amati to anyone looking to sell a string instrument.
From the moment of coming into contact with Amati, ending with sale of the cello, it proved to be a thoroughly enjoyable and professional experience. Everyone was exceedingly helpful and it was a delight to do business with them. My very best wishes and thanks.
Thank you for everyone involved at Amati for a highly professional approach. It has been highly appreciated.
Just a quick note to say thank you for the excellent service your company offered in selling our violins. The whole process was smooth and professional from the initial estimate, which correctly managed expectations to the sale and final settlement, both yourself (Charlott) and Simon were a pleasure to deal with. I would definitely recommend Amati.
Although my violins turned out to be not of great value (I more or less knew that already – although one turned out to be worth more than I expected), I was deeply impressed by the skill, courtesy and patience of the gentleman (Simon, as I remember) who did the valuation. He could not have been more pleasant, patient and helpful, taking time to explain all about my violins, and displaying great knowledge and interest. Given that this all took place in a rather charming hotel in Epsom, it was a very pleasant experience all round, and Amati fully deserve the five stars I have given them.
I sold my old school-days cello via the Amati valuation and their on-line auction. I took the cello to Oswald at a hotel in London. The process was very smooth, I trusted them throughout, I got a very reasonable price and they transferred the money to my bank account exactly when they said they would. I found them very efficient though with also an amusing musical quirk. The process was worthwhile financially and in human terms!
Thank you for letting me know and for the efficiency of the Amati service throughout. Please thank Simon Howes for his expert advice when I met him at his valuation day in Ely back in January. I especially hope my Hill violin bow, which sold in January, ends up with someone who appreciates it as much as Simon did!
Just to say thank you to Simon for giving me a valuation on my 2 violins yesterday in Newcastle His advice was very informative & it was a pleasure to meet him.
I took my violin and a couple of bows to be valued at The Amati Exhibition at The Langham. The service was absolutely excellent. James Buchanan and his colleagues imparted so much knowledge and were really helpful and very friendly. Highly recommended!
Why do we value instruments for free?
We are often asked why we offer free stringed instrument valuations. The simple answer is because some people wish to sell their instruments and we hope they will sell through us. There is, of course, absolutely no obligation, expectation or assumption from us that this will be the case.
We are happy for people to request a valuation because they want to learn more about the instrument’s origin. We understand that many people become very attached to their instruments, particularly if they have played them for a long time, or the instrument has been in the family for generations. We also understand that it makes people feel better to own something beautiful and valuable.
However, there are often times when you might feel that a sale is either necessary or desirable. You may no longer play your instrument, or you need the money, or there is no one who wishes to play the family violin. Whatever the reason, the decision to sell will always be your decision.
And, if you do choose to sell, be assured that we at Amati will respect and care for your instrument throughout the auction process, and do our utmost to get the best possible price for it.