Rebecca Apodaca, ASA Expert Witness
Curriculum Vitae


Contact Information

  • Company: A & D Music Incorporated
  • Phone: 949-768-7110
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Specialties & Experience

General Specialties: Music & Entertainment and Appraisal & Valuation

Specialty Focus: IRS Qualified Appraiser & Certified Musical Instrument /Authentication, Musical Instrument damages, Guitar Expert, Guitar Appraisal, Orchestra Instrument Appraisal, Violin Appraisal, Woodwind Appraisal, Printed Music Appraisal, Amplifier Appraisal,Brass Appraisal, Celebrity Appraisal,

Education: Certification Appraisal Studies, University of California, Irvine Extension; Certification Musical Instrument Repair, Orange Coast College; Under graduate-Music, Cabrillo College

Years in Practice: 40

Additional Information

Accredited Senior Appraiser American Society of Appraisers. IRS Qualified. NAMM member, National Association of Musical Instrument Repair Technicians, American Musical Instrument Society. Authentication & Restoration of Musical Instruments including Guitars, Fretted, Orchestra, Percussion, Vintage Guitars, Woodwinds, Sheet Music, Amplifiers, Pro Audio, Brass and their related accessories. Specializing in the value of celebrity and historic instruments. She travels nationwide for her clients. Apodaca provides expert witness services ranging from pre-litigate investigations and consultations, through litigation preparation, to testimony, in areas relating to all musical instrument construction, damage, repair, and valuation. Counsel for both defendants and plaintiffs have expressed their satisfaction with her expertise effectiveness to settle cases including bankruptcies and business valuation. Insurance Claims, Coverage, Consultation and hypothetical analysis of destroyed musical instruments. Apodaca has been published in print magazines & technical journals over 50 times regarding her knowledge of musical instruments and the retail music industry. Clients include Superior courts, law firms, museums, corporations, cities, federal gov't agencies, film industry, celebrity musicians, utility companies, symphonies, and universities. Apodaca has an extensive research library and is in direct contact with musical instrument curators around the world for research including; the Smithsonian, NY Metropolitan of Art Museum, and the Boston Fine Arts Museum. She has working knowledge of all musical instruments and International musical instruments. Speaks, reads and write English and basic Spanish. Ability to read some French, Italian, Latin, German, and Dutch including familiarity with musical terms in these languages.