Goat Peak Strings in Easthampton, Massachusetts specializes in vintage, rare and collectable stringed instruments, as well as new custom instruments from local builders. The shop also offers expert repairs and restorations, offering personalized service to players of any caliber. Jane Hamel and Alex Gray are veteran luthiers and collectors with over 75 years of experience between them. They consider themselves caretakers of these fine instruments, and keepers of history, continuing traditions that are generations old.
Vintage instruments are works of art that are great to play, as well as attractive to display. A vintage instrument, kept in good condition, will often maintain or increase in value over time. The value of any vintage instrument depends on its condition, how rare or interesting the model is, and its sound quality. Other factors which may influence the value are whether the model is or was associated with an influential musician, whether the particular instrument was produced in limited quantities, and whether the ‘label’ is now only found on vintage instruments. But any instrument has more value when loved and played regularly. If your instrument is not a joy to play, perhaps some attention from a skilled and caring luthier will increase the intrinsic value it holds for you.
At Goat Peak Strings we offer a large selection of fine instruments. If you are looking for something specific, please let us know (we keep a “wish” list). If you do not find what you are looking for in our current inventory, please be sure to check back again, since our listings are always changing and growing.