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Offline GrumpyMiddleAgedMan

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Interesting auctions
« on: December 02, 2020, 06:24:42 PM »
Thought this would be fun to see how auctions pan out and what instruments bring in and the interest in them.
This one I just watched  this one end with the price go from 150 to 421 in the space of 5 minutes. The horns collectively are worth it in my opinion. A selmet Paris and an A penzel plus 3 others. Personally I think it went cheap.
https://www.shopgoodwill.com/Item/109257689
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Re: Interesting auctions
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2020, 07:15:57 PM »
I dont know if its worth it in my opinion. The A clarinet is nice but based on the Albert keywork, its tough to tell if they are high pitch or not.

if HP, then the value is rather low. The A would probably run $200, and the rest would probably end up netting a total of $500-550 all-in.

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Re: Interesting auctions
« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2020, 08:41:58 AM »
The only problem I see with buying instruments online is you have no idea of the condition and they're likely to need new pads, which may cost more than its selling for. I'm currently looking for a flute but I'm trying to stay away from ebay for that reason
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Re: Interesting auctions
« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2020, 08:39:53 AM »
No, you can't really know the condition of said instrument just from looking at a picture. But you can pick up on major and even minor defects and some damage. Of course there is risk reward, sometimes you may never find another one again.
The thing about auctions is that you can pick up, a clarinet in this case, for a third or less than what retail would be. If you want to have someone repad it etc that is extra cost. But of course if you want to repair yourself, the cost is relatively minor, just an investment of time. Naturally there is a small investment in basic tools to do the job.
The other side to an auction is money and rarity. There are some instruments that either you just won't find in retail or even specialty that you may desire.  Generally something that is 100+ years old isn't carried at guitar center. As with anything this is a bit more niche.  You can repair and resale of course, that is the money side. How many students need band equipment? Most will never be serious players so a plastic Yamaha, Vito, Jupiter, artley etc will more than suit them. Buffet, selmer and the like make some good sticks but everything doesn't revolve around them. People want what they want, some people are willing to put out good money for something like a 444 or say a boosey 1010. There is nothing wrong with something old if it still does what it was intended to do.
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Re: Interesting auctions
« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2020, 02:39:11 PM »
Occasionally I see penzels come through the auction block. This one I bid on but checked out before it topped out. I am not too sure how rare 7 ring setup is.
https://www.shopgoodwill.com/Item/105227420
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Re: Interesting auctions
« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2020, 10:29:34 PM »
Occasionally I see penzels come through the auction block. This one I bid on but checked out before it topped out. I am not too sure how rare 7 ring setup is.
https://www.shopgoodwill.com/Item/105227420
Not sure rare, per se, but rather unusual and HIGHLY useful (for some people) - the articulation and the left hand Ab key are invaluable for tuning and ease of use
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Re: Interesting auctions
« Reply #6 on: December 23, 2020, 10:49:15 AM »
I know this one isn't a clarinet, its a sax I guess. It looks to be a CSO at a glance, the price on this one is up there.

https://www.shopgoodwill.com/Item/110943833
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Re: Interesting auctions
« Reply #7 on: December 25, 2020, 02:39:45 AM »
That’s a pretty high price. I’d be in for maybe$800-$1000, definitely no more than that in any world
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Re: Interesting auctions
« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2021, 07:03:59 PM »
I have noticed that with soprano saxes with any decent name, it seems not to matter.  Even Yorks will top a grand, if they are complete.  I suspect, because of their relative scarcity (even though they are simpler machines) people go nuts for them.
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