For the past nine years my life has concentrated on helping musicians find their voices, and protecting instruments that make these voices possible. My methods might seem eccentric, constantly traveling the world, but my means are rather precise: I am a relentless detective and matchmaker finding great masters’ violins and quietly putting them in the careful hands of renowned musicians and Medici of our age… the kindred spirits who understand both the importance of this preservation, and the undeniable high performing investment qualities that have appreciated in every economic environment.

The following web pages show violins, violas and one cello that have played important roles in my quest, and represent the quality of instruments that I have sourced and placed with my clients. This constitutes my practice. I invite you to join me on this journey, and trust that you will find it as remarkable and fulfilling as I do.

Roman Goronok

As global financial uncertainty continues, the search for diversification and more effective investment strategies is of growing importance, and discerning investors are now increasingly attracted by the present and future value of collectible pieces from the past. The dramatic development of the market for fine and rare stringed instruments (FRSI) during the last decade makes this a niche opportunity meriting consideration by all serious investors.

Remarkably, although the finest instrument examples are now approximately three hundred years old, they are still fulfilling their original function, combining the qualities of fine works of art and tools of trade. Most of them are in regular use by the world’s leading musicians and investment in FRSI consequently opens doors to not only world-beating financial performance but also – if wished - participation in worlds of connoisseurship and the transforming experience of classical music. FRSI investors enjoy solid growth plus the privileges of arts participation.

FRSI offers a highly effective alternative to life insurance and pension funds – also delivering a more fulfilling and life-enhancing experience than paying premiums - and is an attractive option for resources which may later be required for other purposes because of changes in lifestyle or circumstances.

Recent growth in musical investment trusts is introducing an alternative form of socially responsible patronage. Foundations such as the Chi-Mei Culture Foundation; Japan Nippon Music Foundation; Hayashibara Foundation and Samsung Foundation of Culture have purchased substantial numbers of fine violins for loan to performers, contributing significantly to safeguarding the future of Western classical music, which cannot continue without these irreplaceable fine stringed instruments. It can also deliver a magical additional bonus through the pleasure of active involvement and participation in the world of the performing arts.

FRSI gain great benefits through geographic mobility because of their size and current trade regulations. Many countries welcome these instruments as national treasures because of their age and distinction, and encourage their ready mobility through low or no duties. Fine instruments can be easily taken to any location for inspection during the run-up to purchase, and they can be sold at the location of the greatest demand, unaffected by local economic conditions.


The FRSI market comprises a finite and non renewable set of superior examples - an irreplaceable product becoming increasingly scarce. This pool of available instruments now decreases every year as major violins are acquired by institutions that will hold them in their permanent collections – meaning they will never re-enter the market - and some instruments are irreparably damaged through misuse or improper conservation. This scarcity further increases FRSI value and competition for ownership of the finest examples is expected to escalate sharply in coming years.

Replacement of the FRSI supply is highly controversial. To an untrained ear, new violins may have similar sound qualities to originals, but their sound character and lack of any investment value does not make comparison viable. Given the choice, musicians prefer to play on, and many listeners prefer to hear, an original.


The Roman Goronok Company has made a commitment to helping in this regard by connecting young musicians with individuals and organizations willing to help through the purchase and loan of an instrument.

These mutually beneficial collaborations support the sector's rising stars, and offer their patrons the advantages of a profitable, secure investment as well as a key role in a life of a new player. This simple and effective concept is an additional service offered to clients, and to date the company has assisted in the arrangement of over 30 such loans. This is a further very rewarding way to purchase an instrument and more information is readily available on request.

Within the world of performance the company is privileged to work with leading soloists and their pupils, such as Professor Zakhar Bron and Donald Weilerstein; members of fine orchestras, including The New York Philharmonic, The Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, The Berlin Philharmonic, Mariinsky Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and The Royal Orchestra of Sweden.

Services are also provided internationally to leading museums and foundations, such as the Chi Mei Foundation of Taiwan and to business people and entrepreneurs from fields as diverse as pharmaceuticals, information technology, business development, finance, law and medicine.

Prior owners - whether individual, institutional or past players – contribute a tremendous emotional element to each instrument’s sound and history. Because a good story comprises an integral part of the purchase decision made by prospective players and investors, the same story, or provenance, also positively influences the prices of many instruments.

All clients share the excitement which comes from the refined world of fine instruments, and the conduct of these professional relationships forms a major part of this special experience.

Through helping fellow musicians to source instruments, he gained a reputation for successful matching of violin and owner. Developing this expertise, he worked with Carl Becker and Son in Chicago, and the house of J&A Beare in London.

After completing business education in the USA, in 2000 he established an independent consultancy. He now travels the world to find the violins of the great masters and to place them into hands of performers, collectors, and investors.

He lives in New York City, and Northern California.
Portfolio of Instruments, featuring colour illustrations of notable instruments and bows which have been sourced and supplied to clients.

From June 2010 we will also have available a new investment brochure which explains the benefits of FRSI as financial instruments.

Please let us know if you would like us to send a copy of either or both of these publications to you.

The principal, Roman Goronok, has substantial experience in the business of fine and rare stringed instruments, investing in this sector, and in the performance and technical aspects of these instruments. The company is ideally positioned to facilitate a meticulous analysis to identify FRSI that have the greatest potential of increasing in price over the time of the investment. Resulting proposals will include projected immediate investment plans; long-term financial performance goals; musical objectives and aspirations - all achieved through a confidential bespoke process.

Benefiting from an irreproachable business reputation and supportive relationships with the most influential people in the business, Roman Goronok is committed to excellence. Personalized attention, exceptional performance, and commitment to every detail makes The Roman Goronok Company a perfect partner for discriminating clients.

These pricing parameters make FRSI a more finite and dependable investment sector than for example, fine art, where shifts in taste and fashion have a complex and often unpredictable effect on prices, and also make investors heavily dependent on advisor opinion. Works of art of similar rarity and quality in other sectors have now achieved very high and possibly finite prices – the ‘plateau effect’ - but FRSI prices are still increasing and this suggests large continuing growth potential for owners.

The value of fine and rare stringed instruments has not only risen throughout their traded existence, but more importantly, it has never decreased. Analysis of FRSI market performance 1960 - 2008 shows a 26,083% increase for FRSI against 2,529% for gold and 1,425% for the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Average Annual Rate of Return 1988-2008 shows an annual return on FRSI of 11.43% as against 9.88% for DJIA and 3.89% for gold.

Performance return on FRSI is likely to have low or no correlation with other financial instruments such as stocks, bonds, gold, currency or real estate, and investment can be expected to perform in a stable and reliable manner, despite unexpected changes in the trading environment.


Consequently, when considering purchase it is essential to have expert advice, taking careful account of the history, integrity and current musical performance value of the instrument.

Fine stringed instruments also require ongoing care and support - such as instrument setup, proper string matching, wood selection for bridges and sound posts.

In order to provide expertise in the essential conservation and servicing of stringed instruments The Roman Goronok Company has developed relationships with the leading makers, restorers, and acousticians of our time, providing advice and sourcing of exactly the right specialist services for each instrument.

To further extend collection management services, company associates include writers, researchers, designers and publishers who can assist with all aspects of collection management and documentation.

When an instrument is not properly certified, or is certified by someone who is not up to the highest worldwide standard, it is advisable to take the extra time and expense to certify it before proceeding further. The sector has only a very small number of universally accepted experts with sufficient expertise, resources and knowledge – which can only be achieved by regular engagement with the finest violins.

All instruments supplied by The Roman Goronok Company carry full certification, arranged prior to bringing them to market.
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