"Expert X valued at $350,000, but believes the instrument has appreciation potential. . . . Beare noted that it is an early J.B. Guadagnini. Beare thinks it looks to be good at $150,000."
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Report of the Trustee Review Panel concerning the Golden Age Collection, December 16, 2004
"The five Appraisers were unanimous on another violin, a 1754 G.B. Guadagnini valued at $300,000.
"It's not a Guad at all," said Rosengard, who spent 12 years researching and writing a book on the Guadagnini violin-making family. "That would sell for a fraction -- not a rhetorical fraction, a real fraction -- of a Guad."
Bein called the violin's top "wildly wrong" and "categorically not possible," adding: "It's like I'm telling you it's a Volkswagen, and it's a Chevrolet.""
False Notes, Mark Mueller, The Star Ledger, New Jersey