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AndyW wrote: »
My gut feeling is the 'trade' will pay about half what they'd sell for later -
so here's a player's chance to "cut out the middle man" -
[*if* you know what you're doing / willing to take a chance / know a tame luthier ]
Yes but retail in the trade for a Selmer Petite Bouche now would be between US$30k and $50k, so say at half price at even $15k is well over the top estimate of about $13k.
And I suspect the sort of collectors happy to pay the top prices would rather pay a dealer to give them what they want than mix with the common herd bidding in a saleroom, and anyway, how many of us average players hang around auction rooms with that much cash burning a hole?
Would be nice to dream though, even better to find I was wrong!
AndyW wrote: »
p.s. are the Petit bouche Selmers more sought-after than the Grande bouche ??[/quote]
Weren't all Selmers the 'Petite Bouche' style after the transition from 1936ish?
The early Maccaferri models had the 'Grande Bouche', and a good original one of those, especially if still complete with the internal resonator (regardless of whether it worked or not) might fetch a good price as a rarity or a collectors piece, but it seems to be the later 'Petite Bouche' models that most players want.
I can't be bothered going to the music room to get my Selmer Maccaferri Story by R.F.Charle to check, but were there many of the 'Grande Bouche' made through to 1952?
tomcunn wrote: »
looks like there are additional fees; a buyers commission and a 30% VAT