It feels like the last few miles attacking an apex where we gain less miles up for all the more efforts than before.
There are collectors of vintage saxophones too. Sooner or later they turn into dealers with vintage stuff, because there also can be made good money.Tonit wrote: ↑Wed Jan 02, 2019 9:58 am
While guitarists are luckier than violinists, woodwind instrumentalits appear to be even more so, especially the saxophone players are even luckier. Violins are lighter and more expensive than guitars, while saxophones are generally heaier than the guitars and more affordable. But it appears that less saxophone players collect their instruments. There might be no rule we can find.
And than, a standard alto sax modern mouthpiece made from hard rubber will cost you 100-150 US$ and a good preserved most sought after vintage mouthpiece will be ten times as much. And although there is some knowledge and experience going into the finishing a mouthpiece from pre-machined parts, it's nothing compared to all the skills and all the understanding and experience a master guitar maker must summon when making his instruments (not to speak about the time and tools that are needed).
And than, a standard alto sax modern mouthpiece made from hard rubber will cost you 100-150 US$ and a good preserved most sought after vintage mouthpiece will be ten times as much.
So your cases being discussed pertain to "vintage" where we pay for scarecity rarity or exclusivity rather than the original craftsmanship or scarecity of materials.a handmade vintage Selmer Paris easily goes for 5 - 8k$ depending on serial numbers and condition.