Tips For Buying Vintage Saxophones

June 17, 2014

Antique instruments are desirable for collectors, but it can be difficult to find genuine ones. This is often the case with vintage saxophones. If you are not prepared and do not know what to look for, you can easily wind up with expensive scrap metal. It can be a potential financial disaster.

Similar to other collectible items, you may find a lot of sax listings online. As with any other online purchases, it is important to be cautious and thorough to avoid getting scammed. It may not always be possible to request authenticity or appraisal documents, so you need to ask questions. You should ask the seller specific information about the year it was made and the manufacturer. Request current pictures and find out if there is a written return agreement.

Take time to research the saxes you are considering. If there is a particular one you have already started looking for, make sure you learn as much as you can about it so you can spot counterfeit models much easier. You should also learn the difference between a tenor and alto sax, including the different sounds they are designed to make and who they are generally better suited for.

Most vintage items, including saxes, are not used for a long time. Parts can become damaged, brittle, or even stuck. Whenever possible, physically examine the sax. Check for broken, missing, or damaged parts. Pay close attention to the keys, neck screw, and octave pin.

Do some price checking before you buy the sax. Contact other collectors or experts to determine the actual value of the sax. If it seems that the seller is asking too much, you can try to negotiate for a lower price or just pass on the purchase and find another one that is in the right price range. After you have checked around for price averages, create a set amount to spend and stick to it.

Sellers should have experience with antique sales, minimally. Experience with selling antique instruments is preferred but not always possible. Credibility should be a huge factor. The Better Business Bureau is a good source for determining if a seller is credible and if there have been complaints made.

Certifications and/or licensing is a must for dealers. A dealer should have a verifiable sales or antique dealer license. Certifications should be from a known professional organization. You have the right to ask for details to verify any information that is supplied by the seller. Keep in mind, however, that licensing laws vary from state to state and are often different in other countries. In many instances, a seller only has to be licensed in the state where he or she operates.

Experienced instrument collectors have a huge advantage over beginners. They have the ability to quickly look at a sax and determine if it is a worthy purchase. Although you have to take more time to learn and shop around, it does not have to be a complete disaster. Make an effort to gather information before you start looking around.

You can visit www.thisoldhorn.com for more helpful information about Finding And Purchasing Vintage Saxophones.

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