Practically since the dawn of violin making, fine string instruments have been valued not only for their beauty, tone, and playability, but also as art objects to be collected and cherished. The limited supply and continuing appreciation of classic string instruments has led to increasing demand and rising values. Consequently, fine instruments have proven to be strong investments when their acquisition and sale are skillfully managed. Today's market volatility has helped underscore the desirability of classic string instruments as financial safe havens, and fine string instruments are increasingly sought out as reliable assets in an uncertain financial world.
Darnton & Hersh Fine Violins works with collectors, patrons, institutions, and nonprofits on the acquisition, management, curatorship, and deacquisition of important string instruments. Darnton & Hersh partner Stefan Hersh has years of experience in the investment aspects of fine violins. Prior to the founding of Darnton & Hersh, he negotiated sales for private client investors and institutional purchasers as Hersh Consulting, one of the first companies established to represent buyers in violin transactions.
We have been at the forefront of statistical market analysis in the string instrument trade for a dozen years. We offer a no-nonsense approach to helping our clients increase their understanding of the market.
We apply the highest standards to questions of expertise to ensure that our clients are fully informed.
Our evolving archiving and photography have been at the cutting edge in the string instrument trade for two decades.
We have 25 years of experience restoring and maintaining the finest string instruments for some of the most important musicians performing today.
Our multifaceted status as makers, experts and musicians puts us in a unique position to work with musicians on curatorial issues and tonal adjustment.
Please feel free to contact us to discuss how investment in a fine stringed instrument might fit in with your personal goals, and consider inviting us to work with you to acquire an instrument of real and lasting value.