Formal Appraisals

Professional formal appraisals for musical instruments, catering to various requirements such as:

  • Determining fair market value for selling
  • Insurance replacement valuation
  • Estate evaluations
  • Legal proceedings
  • Tax credits for donations
  • Any situation that requires a professional determination of value

Our appraisals hold recognition with all major insurance carriers, and we recommend Clarion Insurance for securing coverage on your valuable musical instruments.

EASIEST METHOD: Email Appraisal

Submitting details for an appraisal has never been simpler. Follow these steps for a swift and effective process:

  1. Email Us: Provide the serial number, age, model, and brand name of the instrument. If information is partial, share as much as possible.

  2. Include Details: For instruments with bocals, specify the maker’s name, models, and metal type. Describe any special features, such as extra keys, inscriptions, or damage. Share the brand name of the case and case cover.

  3. Attach Clear Photos: Send at least five clear, focused photos of the instrument. Use a  flat white sheet as a backgound for optimal visibility. Include photos of the instrument in its case, brand markings, serial number, and the front and back when fully assembled.

  4. Additional Photos: Extra photos are welcome for a comprehensive appraisal.


The cost for an email appraisal is $90.00 per instrument. Once completed, we will send you an invoice via PayPal, payable with any major credit card. You don’t need to be a PayPal member for payment. For further assistance, call us at 603-356-9890

Each appraisal includes an emailed .pdf copy, with the digital form retained indefinitely. Upon request, we provide two physical copies by regular mail at no extra cost.

In-Person Appraisal

Opt for an in-person appraisal by bringing your instrument to our shop or arranging a visit from our appraiser to your location. Typically completed within 72 hours of the visit.

In-Person Appraisal Cost:

The cost is $90.00 per instrument. Similar to email appraisals, it includes an emailed .pdf copy, with two physical copies available upon request at no additional cost.

Here’s an example of one of our appraisals: