PRICE REDUCTIONS ARE NOW (2008- ) IN EFFECT. SEE PRICES BELOW.
A retired Canadian music professor and passionate collector of musical instruments has sought the assistance of Insights Consulting to find suitable new owners for his remarkable collection. Early in 2004 this Web site was put up to describe and publicize the collection. Initially buyers were sought for the entire collection. Beginning in January 2005, many wonderful instruments having remained unsold, the owner decided to invite and entertain offers on any and all instruments. Please review our helpful advice on HOW TO ACQUIRE INSTRUMENTS as you consider purchases.
If you are interested in these instruments' original appraised values (2003), please click here. The November 2006 price reductions supersede previous prices and discounts.
Serious inquiries and offers to seller's sole representative, Insights Consulting.
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|NB. A blue tag signifies an instrument "in contract." After it is sold, the instrument is moved to the "sold" page and given a red tag.|
|014||Guitar, 6-string, "Gaetano Vinaccia ...Napoli... 177? [1779?]." Thomas Heck writes, "Assuming its label to be authentic, this is one of the two earliest original 6-string guitars yet discovered. The other one - another Vinaccia of 1779 - is in Lisbon's Museu da Musica. They are cousins rather than twins." (See his article on searching for the earliest 6-string guitar for more information.) Price reduced (effective December 2009) to US $26,000||021||Guitar, 6-string, French or American, Legnani model, ca. 1850-60. Price now $1,200 US.|
|025||Guitar, 6-string, American parlor style, unlabeled, new neck, ca. 1870. Price now $600 US.|
|026||Guitar, 6-string, unlabeled, American (?), wire-string style, ca. 1875. Price now $500 US.|
|042||Guitar, 6-string, unlabeled (but evidently J. H. Gerard, London), Lacote-like, ca. 1840. NOTE: A collector in Omaha, Nebraska, wrote saying "I have an instrument identical to guitar number 42. It is a J. H. Gerard, of 50 Soho Street London. Mine has the label. Mine has a rosewood back but otherwise is the same guitar. Check the tuners and see if there is a VR with a crown at one end. [There is!] They are Rance tuners from France, are they not? Anyway mine came from Christies in London many years ago..." Price now $2,500 US.|
|048||Canadian folk violin from Kingston, Ont., ca. 1900. Price now $200 US|
|055||Vihuela, 12-str., excellent cond., M. Schreiner, Toronto, 1974. Price now $2,500 US.|
|067||Mandolin, Neapolitan style, 8-str., richly inlaid, early 20th c. Price now $400 US|
|068||Mandolin, Neapolitan style, 8-str., C. Rinaldi, Napoli, 19th c.(?). Price now $400 US|
|071||Mandolin, Neapolitan style, 12-str., no. 1718, 20th c. Price now $200 US|
|072||Mandolin, Neapolitan style, 12-str., F. Schwarzer "Echo" no.7331. Price now $900 US|
|073||Mandolin, Neapolitan style, 8-str., fine inlay work, No. 9979. Price now $400 US|
|074||Mandolin, Neapolitan style, 8-str., "Am. Conservatory," no.182808. Price now $300 US|
|075||Mandolin, Neapolitan style, 8-str., butterfly inlay. Price now $300 US|
|077||Mandolin, Wappen-form, 8-str., Regal, flat-back. Price now $600 US|
|078||Rebec, folk fiddle, uncertain origin, appears very old. Price now $800 US|
|080||Banjo, 5-string, 38 clamps. Price now $500 US|
|090||Autoharp with chord button apparatus, early 20th c. Price now $150 US|
|092||Flute, wooden, 4 keys, Firth, Hall & Pond, NYC, early 19th c. Price now $500 US|
|093||Flute, wooden, early Boehm mod?, ivory mp; Bremen, A.F. Fischer. Price now $400 US|
|094||Flute, wooden, keyed, pre-Boehm, ivory mouthpiece. Price now $400 US|
|096||Flute, wooden, early Boehm mod?, ivory mouthpiece. Price now $400 US|
|097||Flute, wooden, Boehm model?, lacks one key. Price now $350 US|
|101||Flute, wooden, in Bb, 4 keys, early 19th c. Price now $150 US|
|102||Flute, wooden, in Bb, 4 keys, "military band flute." Price now $125 US|
|103||Clarinet, 19th c., Boston, W. Crosby. Price now $1200 US|
|104||Clarinet, 19th c., London, Key (Charing Cross). Price now $1000 US|
|106||Flute, wooden, in Bb, 4 keys, London, H.Y. Potter. Price now $150 US|
|107||Flute, wooden, in Bb, 1 key, "military band flute." Price now $75 US|
|108||Flute, wooden, in Bb, 1 key, "band," London, John Grey & Sons. Price now $100 US|
|111||Autoharp, 3-button, C.F. Zimmerman, miniature, May 9, 1882. Price now $400 US|
|112||"Guitarophone," made by Vibraphone, USA. Price now $200 US|
|118||Raft-harp, African. Price now $40 US|
|122||Banjo, 4-string, English. Price now $50 US|
|124||Banjo, 4-string, English. Price now $50 US|
|138||Accordion, 34-key/36b, Cesare Pancotti, Macerata, Italy (ca. 1910). Note: The grandson of the maker wrote in early 2006: "my grandfather was born around 1890. So, in the best case, the accordion ("fisarmonica" in the Italian language) was made around 1910; his father (Antonio) had been in the business since around 1860." Price now $300 US|
|140||Accordion, 24-key, no basses (cf. Handaeoline, 1822), Italy, 1830s? Price now $1000 US|
|141||Accordion, 24-key/2basses ("Ship's accordion") w/case. Price now $1000 US|
|142||Accordion, 30-button/11b, Austria, "M. Ruhsling, St.Veit a/d Glan." Price now $400 US|
|143||Accordion, 49-button/20b, Italy, Giovanni Vercelli, "rosso." Price now $500 US|
|144||Accordion, 11-button/8b, Germany, Ludwig Pinetree brand. Price now $150 US|
|145||Accordion, 8-button, Germany, Vulkan brand. Price now $40 US|
|151||Cornets (2), brass & silver finish, with case. Price: Make offer!|
|152||Trumpet, Italy, Prof. Romeo Orsi, Milano. Price: Make offer!|
|153||Trumpet, single-valve. Price: Make offer!|
|155||Trumpet, straight, brass (for signaling or ceremonies). Price: Make offer!|
|156||Temple horn, Nepalese, with silver mouthpiece and dragon-head bell. Price: Make offer!|
|159||Guitar, 4str. folk guitar in form of a paddle, D.J. Stevens, 1981. Price now $50 US|
|160||Guitar, Hawaiian steel electric, by G. Schillebeer, Edmonton, ca. 1946. Price now $100 US|
|163||Broadwood square piano, no. 49775, datable approx.
latter 1838. Mint condition.
-- was $7,500. Price now $5000 US
NB. A similar Broadwood piano in the UK was priced (June 2003) at 4,500 GBP ($7,450 USD), not including transport from the UK to [wherever].