Appraisals are statements about an instrument’s or bow’s insurance replacement value. Appraisal values are not market values, and cannot be used for resale purposes.

Verbal Appraisals:

Verbal estimate of an instrument’s/bow’s replacement value. There is no written document provided.

Written Appraisals:
Written document stating an instrument’s/bow’s condition and insurance replacement value. Full descriptions of instruments/bows are not included.

Updated appraisals are available for instruments/bows that have previously received written appraisals from Carl Becker and Son, Ltd. in Chicago. The first item is updated for a fee of $50.00, and each subsequent instrument will be updated for a fee of $25.00, and each bow a fee of $20.00.

Value of Instrument or bow



Up to $1,000.00


Between $1,000.00 and $5,000.00


Between $5,000.00 and $35,000.00


Between $35,000.00 and $250,000.00


Over $250,000.00



Up to $5,000.00


Between $5,000.00 and $50,000.00


Between $50,000.00 and $250,000.00


Over $250,000.00


These values and fees are per instrument and per bow, not the total value of all items.

Certification Services

For three generations, the Becker family name has been synonymous with integrity in regard to research and expertise. With access to extensive archival information and an enormous data base of instruments, we are happy to accept an instrument or bow for its certification or appraisal.

While research of this kind can often take great study and effort, we ask that you be willing to leave your instrument or bow with us for a minimum of 48 hours.

All of our certificates are printed on high-quality cardstock paper. If you would like photographs attached to your certificate, we utilize the services of an expert photographer and high-quality photo paper.

There is a $100.00 minimum fee for certificates without photographs, and a $600.00 minimum fee for certificates with photographs.