It's been a couple of years since I frequented this list, but it's the first place I thought of when looking for valuations. We've been offered a couple of instruments, but the sellers want "fair market value" for them, and I don't know quite what to say. eBay is all well and good, but finding a truly comparable instrument is near impossible, and I don't want to either cheat them or overpay them for the instruments! That being said, here are the particulars:
1958 Conn 16m Serial #735XXX
Pretty good physical condition, lacquer ~99% (roughest inside the bell rim). Very few nicks/scratches. Not playing because the high E pad is shredded. Most LH keys need repadding, but the RH has been re-padded at some point with non-Conn style pads. Body appears straight. Neck looks good. Has 2 mpcs; (older?) Selmer Goldentone 3, and an unmarked (the original?) with a metal ring around the shank. Comes in a Conn tenor case that appears to be slightly too long for it!
1929 Buescher True-tone alto Serial #249XXX (Low Pitch)
Also pretty good physically. Pads actually look pretty good, but there are obvious adjustment problems. Mixed lot of pads, so a repad some time in its history. Body looks good. Satin silver finish is 99+%, no obvious dents or dings. 2 necks, one is labeled â1â (the octave mech is slightly âSâ shaped from being bent to the side and improperly bent back), the other is labeled â01â, and 3 mouthpieces; Selmer B* Medium, Selmer Soloist E, and (the original?) Buescher Tru-Lay marked â55/812 Mâ on the table. Original case with places for a flute and a clarinet in the lid (just clips!). Has a Victory branded metal Bb clarinet in the lid that Iâm not actually interested in buying, but am mildly curious about.
19?? Pan-American Oboe Serial #33XXX
Fair condition, needs a repad, some keys are etched with corrosion. Looks like itâs actual wood (!). One pinned crack in the top joint. Original case that seems to be holding it well.
We're actually in the market for a tenor (we already have one nice alto and, of course, my baby the 11M), so the 16M would fill a whole in our menagerie. We find ourselves playing rather a lot of tenor recently, considering we don't own one (played Thoroughly Modern Millie last month, and playing Little Shop of Horrors this week, and we keep being asked to fill in in the local swing band, almost always on tenor), but I kind of like the thought of a nice alto for *me* to play, rather than the Bundy I use when I have to. We're not in the market for an oboe (we have a nicer one already) but know someone who might be interested in the right instrument. I'm sure I've opened a can of worms, looking for opinions and all, but I can't think of a better place to turn!
If I need to break these up into separate questions and put them in their own sub-fora, I'd be happy to do that! Pictures can be arranged, as well.