Description: Violin - Paul Hart #129 Violin For Sale
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This violin, a Paul Hart #129, used to be my late grandfather's. Due to heavy family medical expenses, I've fallen on some hard times and need to sell it, so for you, this is a terrific opportunity to get a bargain on a great instrument. It's in superb condition, at least to my non-expert eyes.
The only documentation I have for it is from 1981 and 1984, when it was appraised and insured for $5,500. Obviously it's appreciated since then, and inflation has done its work too. That said, I'm not looking to make a killing, just to get a reasonable price on it to get myself out of trouble and to place it in a home where it'll be used and properly appreciated instead of just stored for the memories associated with it.
Accounting solely for inflation, without any other appreciation, the Hart would be worth a little over $11,000 today. The 2004 Pricing Guide from Strings Magazine indicates that Paul Hart violins were worth $10,000 to $19,999 a few years ago. (Inflation puts that range at about $11,000 to $22,000 now.)
The violin comes with a case and, as noted, some old appraisals and insurance documentation, along with my grandfather's original bill of sale. Please don't hesitate to contact me with any serious offers — or if you have any questions, if you'd like to inspect the instruments and paperwork in person, or if you'd like to contract for a current appraisal at your expense. I look forward to giving this violin a happy new home.
If you go to Craigslist New York City and search for Paul Hart, you can see a longer ad with pictures of this violin and the other one I'm selling.