Within 10 years independent condition reports using CT analysis will be the norm. Avoid becoming a casualty of this transition by obtaining a report now rather than at a future sales date when unexpected issues might be brought to light negatively impacting valuation. Full understanding of condition prior to buying allows for fair, appropriate pricing, and avoids possible valuation downturns due to discovery of problems after having bought an instrument. Our comprehensive condition reports are priced at $5,000 and include all the information and data found on our CT overview page. Relative to the prices paid these days for antique instruments the cost of our independent report is minimal yet the benefits are potentially dramatic.

Because we have arrangements with medical centers worldwide, we are able to come to your location or the nearest large city to scan your instrument. No shipping is involved. The instrument is only out of it's case for a short time and returned to the owner immediately afterward.

A dendrochronology report can be requested if the provenance of the instrument is in question. There is an additional $1,000 fee for this service.

We also offer UV varnish analysis on a case by case basis for an additional fee. Due to the nature of 300+ years of retouching, some instruments are more easily studied than others. This fee can not be determined until we are on site and able to evaluate the instrument(s).

We bill separately for the expenses involved in the actual physical scanning. Our pricing is designed to save our clients extra expenses whenever possible. The savings can be different for each client.
  • Scanning instruments in Chicago, Seoul, or Paris all have significantly different travel costs, so rather than build that variable and unknown expense into the base price of the reports, it is billed at cost.
  • If multiple instruments are scanned at the same time, the travel and scanner costs remain the same, so rather than build that into the base price, we bill separately for even greater savings to the client. Some clients may choose to join with other owners or a local shop and have several instruments scanned at once so the hard costs can be shared. A shop may arrange for several of their clients to get scans at the same time and scan many of their own instruments in order to spread these costs around.
  • And finally, there are museums that have their own CT scanners, but they cannot interpret the data with the detailed ability that our specially designed software allows. They can elect to scan their own instruments and simply send the raw data for interpretation, so there are no hard costs to be billed.