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Date: Fri, 9 Nov 2001 16:59:48 -0800
From: Grant Green
Subject: [CB] Those six sarrusophones

The seller apparently does not have good photographs of the horns,
but confirms they are soprano, alto, tenor, bari, bass, contrabass.
Too bad they're all in one US$14K+ package...


Grant Green
Sarrusophones, contrabass reeds, &
other brobdignagian acoustic exotica   

Date: Fri, 9 Nov 2001 17:24:40 -0800
From: Grant Green
Subject: [CB] Contra-alto FS

While we're all busy balancing our checkbooks, Charles Fail has a
Bundy Eb contra-alto clarinet listed for US1,200.  Looks brand new...



Grant Green         
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From: "Peter Hurd"
Subject: [CB] Heckelphone for sale
Date: Fri, 9 Nov 2001 19:28:26 -0800

Dear  Grant and Contrabass comrades,
        Thanks for spotting the Heckelphone for sale on Ebay.  This is surely a model 36i, from the original series of 52 Heckelphones made, 1904-1921. This is the  extremely (!) basic German system instrument, with thin walls and 2 piece detachable bell. Recent sales of this model Heckelphone would not support even the opening bid this seller is asking. Recent sales of this model for example: $5700 (John C.), and $8300 (Art G.). Two later instruments of the same key system: traded for a basic bassoon (F.P.C.), and $10,000 (T.H.). $12,000 is about (or over) the upper limit of what I would pay for this model ASSUMING that it is in STELLAR condition. Later Heckelphones of course command a much higher price. A model 36i (improved system) or a model 36k (basic conservatory) should fetch in the neighborhood of $16,000 - $18,000 assuming they are in excellent condition. $20,000- $ 24,000 would not be unreasonable for a model for a model 36 voll cons (with ALL of the "Buck Rogers" keywork) in outstanding condition.
      I am seriously looking for one of these early thin wall Heckelphones. I am troubled that this seller does not provide any provenance, pictures, of even the most basic information about this instrument. And, as mentioned in the CB Digest already, this chap has no history whatsoever with Ebay. Not  exactly the kind of situation which would(or should) encourage a barrage of bids. At any rate, I have e-mailed the seller with a houseload of questions, and I  would consider going to Germany for the sole purpose of examing and perhaps purchasing this horn. Time will tell...
With absolutely best wishes all around ,
Peter Hurd

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