When I had very little money, I had only the instruments that I played regularly such as a pair of Buffet Bb(1912) and A(1921) clarinets.
Later, I bought instruments that I could afford and resell at a profit.
Adding saxes, flutes, other clarinets, and oboes to the inventory mostly at good prices later seemed to make sense, but most haven't been sold.
In later life, I've bought a few antiques, some better horns, and some I don't use at all. Maintenance costs are very low as I overhaul them all and have refaced hundreds of mouthpieces for the better, as a student of Glen Johnston. Adjusted for inflation, I doubt if they have been good investments. The good investments have been the instruments that I've used every day that still retain a lot of value. My 1985 Loree oboe bought new for $1900 should bring about $3500 in 2011, but it was only a good investment for the use gotten from it. Not long ago, I found a Link double ring mouthpiece in my drawer that I paid $10 for many years ago, which is now seems to sell for about $1000 which was a surprize to me.
As I get older, I think about downsizing to a one each minimal list of horns and mouthpieces, but it seems like a good idea to wait for 3 or 4 years, hoping for a better selling environment. More fun!
My dad bought me a zeypher alto when I was eight and a Martin tenor when I was twelve. Paid 45 bucks for the zeypher and 265 for the Martin. Fifty years later I still play both and had both overhauled for around five hundred each. Both play really nice. In my travels selling microscopes I would stop in various pawn shops and buy used horns in the evenings just to have something to do instead of bending the elbows lifting twelve onces at a time. I found out there are many Alto's and few tenors. I ended up with two aristocrats, three selmers, two bundles and a few for parts. Never had a new sax so I bought a selmer Lavox 11 which plays nicely as a gift to myself. Also got two conn's made in Mexico, a Baritone and a Tenor. Oh forget about my soprano Monet which is the worst horn I ever had. A e11 buffet clarinet and a puefler both made of grenadilla wood. Both sound nice
Sounds like fifteen horns and some parts units.
In addition to the 2 saxophones (in my sig), I have a violin and a dulcimer plus a wooden fife. Until I made this post, I wouldn't have thought I had that many musical instruments at home.
Plus, I'm sure my kids have a recorder or two lying about somewhere.
Then there were three:
2 tenors (Cannonball Raven, Barone Vintage)
1 alto (Maxtone sx-63a/ab)
Alto: Selmer Mark VI 1974
Sopranos: Yanagisawa Elimona (S-880) 1988; Largo Australia 2008
1 English horn
Bb clarinet (my brother's)
3 penny whistles
--but I sold the two harps
4 real sopranos
1 of these;
1 Soprano Chinese
5 Alto 2 Yamahas, 2 Bueschers Aristocrats, one Buescher True Tone
5 Tenor 2 Bueshers Aristocrats, 2 The Martins one Yamaha YTS61
1 Buescher True Tone Bari
Will try soon to bring them down to 8 at least.
"When the power of love replaces the love of power, man will have a new name- God" - Sri Chinmoy
5 C melodies (Conn Chu - for sale, King, Buescher TT gold plated , Buescher TT series III silver, and a Couesnon.)
1 Buescher TT tenor
2 bueschers altos
1 soprano (venus) -for sale
1 C soprano (King)
4 Altos (1914 Holton, Jupiter, Keilwerth, Selmer Mod.162)
1 C-Tenor (1926 King)
2 Bb-Tenors (Keilwerth, Selmer Mod.164)
1 Baritone (low Bb Selmer Mod. 1256)
I inherited the Holton as a family heirloom. The Jupiter is my son's "outdoor" sax. The Keilwerth's are his indoor saxes. The Selmers are mine. All are in excellent playing condition.
Not many. Yanagisawa B6 Low A Baritone ,Hohner President Tenor, B&H 400 Tenor (Amati stencil) Orient Tenor(Asian) Wurlitzer C Melody, Conn Shooting Star Alto (Mexico),La Fleur Varsity Straight Soprano, Curved Soprano (Chinese No Name). HORNLOVER Colombo .
I voted prior to a divorce. At that time I had an alto, tenor, and a soprano. Finances forced me to sell my Mark VI alto.
Left to my own devices I now have added two altos, a tenor, and a baritone. Combined, they cost me far less than what I received from the sale of the Selmer.
Life is good!
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Just ran across my old post in 2003 where I listed 2 saxophones. Since then I've added two altos, three tenors, one baritone, one trumpet, and one cornet. Interesting how this disease progresses.
Tenor - It's all that matters.
Go for The Tone,
"When you are doing well, don't forget to do good." - Sichan Siv.
8 saxophones- i found something funny last time i bought another sax- it's for guitar players, but surely anybody can translate this into saxes....
Right now I own 8
Looks like I have to thin the herd!