I was having a converstation with a fellow musician last night on the economic trends and future value of vintage instruments, mostly acoustic instruments like Pre-War Martins, early Gibsons,etc. The subject quickly turned to vintage Gypsy guitars. My friend is not only my bass player but is a luthier who was/is an avid collector of instruments and has had many clients pass through his shop with museum pieces that could easily put children through college more than once. On the subject of Gypsy guitars, it seems like 10-12 years or so ago Selmers could be had for maybe half of what they are going for now..Busatos and Favinos could be found for maybe the price of a low end Dupont. In our conversation, we both agreed that if one has the means, the vintage market (especially in a niche market like gypsy jazz) is maybe a place one should invest. I guess I'd like others to chime in with their take on vintage gypsy axes as investments...do you feel that in due time Busatos will fetch what Selmer are going for? Favinos possibly as well? In twenty years, what value do you think Selmers may hold? I know the economy is bad and guitar market may be slow, but the vintage market never seems like it haults completely. What are your thoughts?