|Collectors of Handmade Stringed Instruments|
This section is for those who collect hand-made stringed instruments of all types. It will include stories, web-site links, opinion, photos ... all kinds of info related to collecting fine stringed instruments.
Silencing The Great Violins - from Arts Journal Extra
by: Jack Miles & Douglas McLennan
As prices for great Old Master string instruments escalate in the collectables market, only banks and investors can afford to own them. They're increasingly out of reach of even the best musicians.
It’s increasingly rare for Old Master paintings to be owned by individuals. As the available supply dwindles [The Telegraph], prices have zoomed – in December a Rembrandt sold at auction [CNN.com] for $27.8 million. Most Old Masters are now owned by museums and institutions which will never sell them.
Violins: Buy American - from http://www.pbs.org
by Dennis Gaffney
Those who have dreamed of collecting violins, long the star of the classical string orchestra, usually assume that such purchases are only for deep-pocketed collectors. And traditionally, they are right. To purchase a 17th- or 18th-century Italian violin in pristine condition crafted by one of the Cremonese masters, a buyer would have to put down anywhere from $300,000 to $6 million dollars—hardly affordable to most collectors.
But there is a new and very exciting option for violin lovers: the more affordable 19th-century American violin. "Collectors are beginning to recognize the quality of the work done on American violins, which has all too often been overlooked," says Kerry Keane, of Christie's in New York City. "Whenever it comes to the value and price of instruments, you will always get ... more
Luthier's legacy lives on in collection of legendary handmade jazz guitars - from MyJersey.com
A Gannett Company
Mary Ann Bourbeau, 732-565-7245, mbourbeau@MyCentralJersey.com
After Howard Krive died in 2008, his brother Alan was going through the guitar
“There were close to 150 guitars there,” said Wylde, who lives in Milltown. “It was
Stringed Instruments at the Library of Congress - from The Library of Congress
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