As an award winning contemporary violinmaker, I have made over 200 instruments that have served their owners well in the New York Philharmonic, Boston and other symphony orchestras, too many to list. They have been used for auditions and in performance at conservatories, such as Julliard, NEC, and in rock bands, and the Jack Quartet. A viola of mine is in the permanent collection of the Eastman School of Music.
An owner of one of my instruments can expect to have it serve them well for decades. The value of each one has risen steadily over the past 35 years.