The finest and most valuable instruments were made in Italy in the 17th and 18th centuries and now comprise a finite group of rare and superior examples that combine the qualities of fine works of art and tools of the trade. It is this scarcity of supply, plus definitive craftsmanship and acoustical performance, that has made these antique violins so highly coveted by collectors, curators and investors.
Most of them are in regular use by the world’s leading musicians and it is because of this functionality and location within a major artistic tradition they are resistant to trends and changing fashions, which influence market value. The value of fine and rare stringed instruments has not only risen throughout their traded existence, but more importantly, it has never decreased. Fine quality instruments are essential for the continuation of western classical music and investment in FRSI is socially responsible, preserving these masterpieces for future generations.