We provide instrument valuations and insurance appraisals for individuals and estates as well as advise what insurance may be best for you.  An appraisal states our opinion about an instrument.

Verbal appraisals are an informal spoken assessment of the origins and current market value of an instrument. They are useful if you do not want to insure your instrument but want to know about its origins and an idea of its worth.

Written appraisals are necessary to acquire insurance or for estate settlements. Please feel free to ask us about written appraisals.


We can evaluate violins, violas, and cellos for their market value. All other instruments are outside our field of expertise, and we suggest you contact the closest museum that has a collection of musical instruments or a reputable dealer in that instrument.

Los Angeles Violin Shop is proudly announce our new affiliate with French bow and instrument appraisers who have significant reputation worldwide. Mr. Jean-Francois Raffin and Jean-Jacques Rampal associates.

World-renowned instrument appraisers Jean-Jacques Rampal & Jonathan Marolle

World-renowned bow experts and appraisers Jean-Francois Raffin, Sylvain Bigot, Yannick Le Canu.

Experts will attend this session for certificate of authenticity every year. Owen will do pre-inspections the instruments and bows for the appraisals.

Contact Owen Lee for shipping arrangements and appointments.

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