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I can field questions regarding brass and woodwind musical instruments, repairs, etc. I am a professional musician, a former public school band director with a B.S. and M. Ed. in music education and I operate a brass and woodwind dealership and repair center. Please click on the View Profile link to see my frequently asked questions.
FAQ... HOW MUCH IS MY INSTRUMENT WORTH? Without actually seeing the instrument it is very difficult to place a value on it. A great deal of the value is determined by what condition the instrument is in. Values also differ greatly from region to region. Purchasing from, or selling to an individual is much different than purchasing from or selling to a dealer. Just like anything else... it's worth what ever someone is willing to pay for it. If you search completed items on eBay you can usually get a pretty good idea of the value. If you wish to sell your instrument, you may consider placing it on eBay with a relatively low starting price and no reserve price. With good pictures and a good description it will generally bid up to what it's worth. You may also consider donating it to a local school.
FAQ... WHEN WAS MY INSTRUMENT MADE / HOW OLD IS IT? In my opinion, with some exceptions, the age of an instrument is usually not very important. The condition of the instrument and how well it plays are what count in my book. If you really wish to know how old it is, you can usually find information with a good internet search. Example: Search for "Conn saxophone serial numbers."

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I have been operating a brass and woodwind sales and repair business since 1984. Over 20 years of public school teaching of instrumental music / band director. I have also been a professional musician for over 30 years.


National Association of Band Instrument Repair Technicians, American Federation of Musicians


B.S. in Music Education, M. Ed. in Music Education

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2009-05-01 Euphomium red rot:

Hello Allison,    From your description, it dosen't sound like you have a serious problem, just some cosmetic blemishes in the finish.  There is a very good web page which discusses matters like this here:

2009-01-17 Brass baritone:

Hello J,    There are a whole lot of specialized tools and a lot of know-how involved in brass instrument dent removal work. It's not really a DIY kind of job.  My suggestion would be to take it to an

2008-11-08 trumpet quality and age:

Hello Ruth,    A Bach TR300 is a good instrument, so you should be fine as long as it was represented accurately on eBay.  I don't know of a way to tell how old it is.  You can try contacting Conn-Selmer

2008-09-06 Selmer Soloist Alto Sax:

Hello Amy,    We are not able to give appraisals in this forum. However, you would be able to get a pretty good idea of what you could expect to get for the sax by searching for similar saxophones in the


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