About SMHB

SMHBpix2Stephen M. H. Braitman, ASA has been involved with records and music most of his life. His widely acknowledged expertise in the marketplace makes his appraisal service an important component of estate planning, court and arbitration expert testimony, and insurance coverage and claims.

More About Stephen

  • Michael Jackson property at the Neverland Ranch
  • Elton John personal record collection
  • Third Man Records archive, Nashville
  • Belfer Audio Archive of Syracuse University, Syracuse
  • Grammy Museum, Los Angeles
  • Arnold Shaw Popular Music Research Center at the University of Las Vegas
  • Archive of Contemporary Music, New York
  • Music Department of Florida International University, Miami
  • Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis
  • Music Department of Gonzaga University, Spokane
  • Arthur Friedheim Library of the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore
  • Center for New Music & Audio Technologies, Berkeley
  • Henri Temianka Archive to Chapman University

Stephen is an Accredited Senior Appraiser as a member of the American Society of Appraisers, active in the Northern California chapter. He is also a member of the Association of Recorded Sound Collections and the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives.

Completed training:

  • September 2004 — ASA Principles of Appraisal Practice and Code of Ethics
  • March 2005 — USPAP for Personal Property Appraisers
  • March 2005 — Introduction to Personal Property Valuation
  • April 2006 — Personal Property Valuation Methodology – Research and Analysis
  • September 2006 — Personal Property Valuation Methodology – Report Writing
  • November 2006 — Personal Property Valuation – The Legal and Commercial Environment
  • February 2009 — Appraisal Report Writing Seminar
  • September 2010 — Estate Tax and Charitable Contributions
  • May 2012 — USPAP for Personal Property Appraisers [reaccreditation]
  • February 2014 — Appraisal Report Preparation: Meeting New USPAP Requirements
  • August 2014 — Advancement approved to Accredited Senior Appraiser status
  • March 2018 — Seven-Hour Personal Property USPAP Course
  • March 2018 – PP135-WEB – Valuation and Legal Aspects of Charitable Contributions
  • July 2018 – US015 – 15-Hour USPAP for Personal Property
  • November 2018 – LPP139-WEB – Advanced Topics for Charitable Contributions