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As far as we know no investor or owner of the Stradivari or Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesù instrument has lost any money on the instrument.
Like owning an old master painting, investing in a fine rare stringed instrument can provide both financial and artistic satisfaction.
From the investment or monetary point of view the most efficient way to secure the instrument’s value at its highest level is to lend it to a first class musician.
The wood of a stringed instrument is a living matter. It changes its acoustic properties depending on the vibrations it is exposed to. If the instrument is not played on for longer period of time, its sound becomes less responsive and dull.
Any top stringed instrument has to be regularly used to retain its peak acoustic properties. Moreover, a first class musician should play on it. A top player creates superior frequencies while playing the instrument and keeps the instrument’s acoustic properties at its peak.
By lending the instrument to an exceptionally talented performer, you make sure that the instrument continues to produce the best sound it can.
By doing so, you are also supporting a coming megastar in reaching new heights of the virtuoso career.
Another non-financial return will come from hearing your first class musician enchant thousands of appreciative listeners over and over with a performance that he or she could not accomplish with a lesser instrument.
During the last two centuries nearly every great soloist has played on either a Stradivari or a Guarneri del Gesu instrument - Nicolo Paganini, Joseph Joachim, Fritz Kreisler, Yehudi Menuhin, Itzhak Perlman, Jascha Heifetz, Salvatore Accardo, Henry Vieuxtemps, William Primrose, Yo-Yo Ma, Mstislav Rostropovich, Jacqueline du Pré, Janos Starker , Isaac Stern and others.
Experts in the field consider the risk of capital loss low or very low. As stated earlier, the historic sale prices and all known public sales records suggest that the value of the finest stringed instruments build by Stradivari or Guarneri del Gesù has never decreased, even during times of economic depression. Even though nobody can see into the future, all indicators suggest that this long-standing trend will continue.
The full value of the instrument is always “all risk” insured by an AAA rated insurance company. The only risk that the instrument cannot be insured against is, if the musician that loans the instrument runs away with it. However this is very unlikely. We choose the virtuoso star for the loan of the instrument very carefully among the best world talents of today. It is not an unknown person from the street.
To be awarded with a loan of a very precious instrument is a dream-come-true for talented musicians. They are thrilled. It is an incredible privilege to be able to play one of the very top stringed instrument species available. The fine instrument is the musician's lifeblood and livelihood.
It helps the talented performer to reach the highest grounds of the virtuoso megastar career. It definitely opens new doors and new possibilities. If the player runs away with the instrument, his or her career is obviously over. And … nobody has ever done it.
There is no record of any musician not being grateful for the loaned instrument and not taking the best possible care and not upholding the terms and conditions attached to using it.
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