VIOLIN ASSETS makes string instruments available as investments – linking the worlds of culture and finance. Excellent market access now enables investors to take hold of tailor-made offers.
A special type of
Investment Class “String Instruments”
- Mobile material asset with manageable storage and maintenance costs
- Portfolio diversification due to low correlation to other investment classes (call money, retirement funds, stocks, real estate, etc.)
- Scarce commodity, the demand for which is increasing on a global scale and exceeds the supply
- Continuous increase in value in the case of the very best instruments
- Increasing demand from investors, collectors and musicians
„Another example of a tangible asset with stable value is the less well-known asset class of historical string instruments.”
Source: FAZ, page 27, 3 February 2018
Another example of a tangible asset with stable value is the less well-known asset class of historical string instruments. But the entry tickets in this case are a good bit higher than in the case of the “bottle investment”. The newly published 17th edition of Albert Fuchs’ Taxe der Streichinstrumente shows an average increase in value of between five and eight percent per year for the period since the publication first appeared in 1907. The leaders are found among the Italian violin makers: instruments made by Antonio Stradivari, Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesù, Carlo Bergonzi and Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, to name but a few, have experienced a sort of renaissance in the past years
in terms of their importance for musicians and investors. Violin Assets GmbH, based in Cologne, has evaluated the published values for the string instruments and calculated them in the form of an index, updating it on a regular basis. For this purpose, the most relevant historical violin makers from Italy and France have been and are being researched (see graphic). Additional data from the string instrument market of the past four decades underscores the experts’ assessment: this investment class, so far noticed by only a few, offers value retention and is also an emotional investment…
buying and Selling
Acquisition and sale for private and institutional clients
Certification of investment ability
Arranging independent valuations
Each offer includes a qualified documentation
on high quality stringed instruments
Advice on creation of collections and portfolios for private and institutional clients
Advice on value maintenance
Advising on the lending of instruments to top musicians
Advice on questions of insurance, storage and maintenance
“VIOLIN ASSETS certified” is the seal for the instruments that are suitable for investment. Serving as a basis for the seal and the investment grade is a strict selection process and an exclusively developed valuation model designed to ensure the investment quality. Distinctions are made through three main categories, along with two subcategories that are divided into five quality levels.
“VIOLIN ASSETS certified” is the seal for the instruments that are suitable for investment. Serving as a basis for the seal and the investment grade is a strict selection process and anexclusively developed valuation model designed to ensure the investment quality. Distinctions are made through three main categories, along with two subcategories that are divided into five quality levels.
The seal “VIOLIN ASSETS certified” was developed for the two areas of historical and contemporary instruments. Through its managing director and co-owner Jost Thöne, VIOLIN ASSETS GmbH has more than 30 years of experience in dealing in premium stringed instruments. Thöne has also documented these instruments, having published a series of high-quality professional publications.