The value of your horn depends on a lot of factors.
First of all:
Who am I to make this list. Nobody. Yet everybody keeps asking what I think is the value of their horn. That's the reason I compiled this list. It's just a list of what I THINK a horn should cost. No hard figures, just estimates.
They where made in the year 2000, so take them with a grain of salt (like we Dutch say)
I don't keep track of prices anymore. There just isn't that much time when you play in two bands (40-60 gigs a year) next to a daytime job.
And yes, they are based on the American market, prices over in Europe are higher.
Most importent: Technicall condition
The adjustment of the horn. Does it play in tune, and do ALL pads close sufficiently. Is the horn straight and technically sound. That's what makes a saxophone work.
Second: Is the lacquer original?
That's a hard one. If it is a re-lacquers horn changes are it is over buffed. (to get alle scratches out)
Buffing removes material from the horn. Chances are that the sound of such a horn is not that good as the original.
I'm not saying that every relacquered horn is a piece of scrap, in fact there are specialists who do a very nice job, but there is a risk.
Third: Finding the right person to sell your horn
There are still a lot of people only wanting a nice, new looking, shining instrument. If you want top-dollar you must get lucky and find someone willing to buy an old horn, just because of the fact that IT IS a special old horn.
Less importent is: Amount of wear
(except ofcourse if it is a mint condition original lacquer horn).
These are my estimates....
|Model||Type of horn||Price estimate|
|Handcraft models||Soprano||1.000 USD|
|(Troubadour, Type-writer +10%)||Alto||600 USD|
|(Imperial +20%)||C-melody||300 USD|
|Tenor||600 USD< tr>|
|Handcraft Imperial, Committee||Alto||800 USD|
|Committee II||Alto||1.000 USD|
|The Martin||Alto||1.000 USD|
|(Magna +10%)||Tenor||1.000 USD|
|Indiana, Imperial, Medalist||Alto||600 USD|