“It was a tremendous pleasure to be a participant in the purchase of this exquisite instrument for the use by Rajan Krishnaswami. It was more than a simple financial process – rather an investment in Rajan’s artistic growth and performance career. It was most enjoyable to attend concerts in which he played the instrument with great finesse, knowing that we were part of making that happen. We also learned a lot about the art and history of the making of stringed instruments.
Additionally, we were excited to be part of a group of investors, giving us a feeling of cooperative effort, even if we didn’t personally know many of the others.
On the financial side, it turned out to be a wonderful investment. We went into this process knowing that the funds would not be liquid, that the value of the cello would most likely go up, but could not count on a time-frame for getting our return. We did hope that we could do that during our life-time, but were not dependent on that happening. As it turned out, and thanks to Rajan’s diligence and excellent contacts, our wish to have the return in our life-time came to fruition, abundantly.
Rajan deserves much praise for the responsible way he handled all the transactions, making it easy for us to do this without a lot of complicated financial, legal or logistical dealings. He was totally trustworthy, kept us updated and well-informed about the process, both during his use of the cello and the process of selling it, and was creative and persistent in bringing about the sale.
If we were younger, and in a position to do so, we would likely consider doing something like this again. But now in our 80’s, we are glad to recommend it to the next generations.”
E. E. Seattle, WA