dimanche 15 juin 2014

Finding And Purchasing Vintage Saxophones

By Ina Hunt

Although the market is generally small, there are still people who look for old musical instruments to buy. Vintage saxophones are included in these antique instruments. If you are looking for one of these saxes to purchase, you should have some ideas of where to look and how to choose.

One of the most common and possibly easiest ways to locate antique saxes is through the Internet. Similar to most other online purchases, you need to take extra precautions to protect yourself against scams. It can be hard to check if a sax is not counterfeit or has been appraised without documentation. For online shopping, you will need extra pictures of the sax for sale, the manufacturer, and year. You should also find out if there is a satisfaction guarantee or refund policy.

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.

It is quite common to find antique saxes that have gone unused for awhile and have accumulated some dust. This can lead to damaged, non-working parts that affect the complete function of the sax. If you have the opportunity, physically examine each of the saxes you are considering. Certain parts may be irreplaceable or unrepairable and should not be broken or missing, such as the neck screw and octave pin.

Before making the purchase, do some research to determine that you are not paying more for the sax than its average appreciated value. Although it will probably be on the more expensive side because it is an older instrument, you should not be charged an outrageously high price. For example, if you located a sax and the seller asks for eight thousand dollars but an expert says it is only worth two thousand dollars, you can either negotiate down to that price or move on.

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.

Is the seller certified or properly licensed? When working with dealers and large scale sellers, they should be able to provide proof of certifications and licenses to sell things. If you are dealing with an individual person making a one-time sale, however, this is not necessary. Individuals are not generally required to have any licensing to sell their own items.

Buying an antique saxophone does not have to be confusing or stressful. If you take the time to learn a few things beforehand, you can spend more of your efforts on location the perfect sax at just the right price. A little knowledge can take you a long way.

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