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Musical Instruments - General

The oldest musical instruments were most likely used during religious ceremonies and include flutes, drums, trumpets, and harps. These ancient instruments were made of wood, bone, animal skins, and animal horns. As music evolved from strictly ritual use to a form of entertainment, many other instruments appeared. Instruments can be classified into the following categories: wind, string, percussion, and keyboards. Some instruments fit into more than one category.

People who play or simply love music often find the collection of musical instruments interesting. For collecting purposes, instruments can be further classified into eras and types. Collectors may search for primitive instruments from ancient tribes, classical instruments from the 1700s, or folk instruments from the Civil War era. Instruments may also be classified according to the style of music they were used for, such as classical, folk music, jazz, and rock and roll. Many collectible instruments are available at musical instrument auctions.

Musical instruments should always be carefully inspected prior to purchase. Collectors should make sure the instruments are in good working condition, have acceptable sound, and a good appearance. Instruments should be inspected in person if possible to check for damage or repairs. If buying online, the instrument should be advertised with lots of pictures and honest disclosure of any defects or repairs.

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Ruege Swiss Mechanical Glass Case Music Box 3/144
Dec 11, 11:00 AM EST
Ruege Swiss Mechanical Glass Case Music Box 3/144
by Joshua Kodner
Est: $300- $600
$1753 Bids
Spanish Silver & Turquoise Musical Instruments LOT
Dec 08, 12:00 PM EST
Spanish Silver & Turquoise Musical Instruments LOT
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$1003 Bids
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ASSORTMENT OF VARIOUS MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
Dec 09, 9:00 AM EST
ASSORTMENT OF VARIOUS MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$32 Bids
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A tabletop Columbia Swiss cylinder music box
Dec 07, 12:00 PM PST
A tabletop Columbia Swiss cylinder music box
by John Moran Auctioneers
Est: $1,500- $2,000
$7501 Bid
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A Viennese enameled gilt-silver music box
Dec 07, 12:00 PM PST
A Viennese enameled gilt-silver music box
by John Moran Auctioneers
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$1,5001 Bid
7pc Old Music Conductor Batons
Dec 10, 10:00 AM MST
7pc Old Music Conductor Batons
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Vintage Swiss Burlwood Veneer Music Box,
Dec 08, 10:00 AM AEDT
Vintage Swiss Burlwood Veneer Music Box,
by Aalders Auctions
Est: AUD120- AUD220
AUD1001 Bid
San Francisco Music Box Co. - Father Christmas
Dec 12, 2:00 PM EST
San Francisco Music Box Co. - Father Christmas
by Pace & Hong Auctions, LLC
Est: $0- $0
$240 Bids
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ANTIQUE MECHANICAL TORTOISE BELL
Dec 09, 10:00 AM GMT
ANTIQUE MECHANICAL TORTOISE BELL
by Sheppards
Est: €100- €150
€600 Bids
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B.A. BREMOND SWISS CYLINDER MUSIC BOX
Dec 09, 5:00 PM EST
B.A. BREMOND SWISS CYLINDER MUSIC BOX
by Leighton Galleries
Est: $800- $1,000
$6000 Bids
Reuge, boîte à musique Bois laqué, 23x20 cm
Dec 06, 12:00 PM CET
Reuge, boîte à musique Bois laqué, 23x20 cm
by Geneve Encheres
Est: CHF120- CHF150
CHF800 Bids
GROUPING WOOD FIGURES AND MUSIC BOXES. SNOOPY, BRIO, S
Dec 06, 10:00 AM EST
GROUPING WOOD FIGURES AND MUSIC BOXES. SNOOPY, BRIO, S
by Uniques & Antiques
Est: $30- $40
$200 Bids
Artistyle Music Rolls.
Dec 17, 10:00 AM CET
Artistyle Music Rolls.
by Kiefer Buch- und Kunstauktionen
Est: €180- €270
€1800 Bids
Große Walzenspieldose Charles Ullmann
Dec 17, 10:00 AM CET
Große Walzenspieldose Charles Ullmann
by Kiefer Buch- und Kunstauktionen
Est: €650- €1,000
€6500 Bids
CHRISTMAS MUSIC BOX
Dec 07, 11:30 AM CET
CHRISTMAS MUSIC BOX
by Auktionshaus Rheine
Est: €50- €80
€400 Bids
MUSIC BOX
Dec 07, 11:30 AM CET
MUSIC BOX
by Auktionshaus Rheine
Est: €50- €80
€400 Bids
Spieluhr als Flügel
Dec 09, 10:00 AM CET
Spieluhr als Flügel
by Hampel Fine Art Auctions
Est: €2,500- €3,500
€2,4000 Bids
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Super Chromonica by Hohner in original box and information
Dec 12, 11:00 AM AEDT
Super Chromonica by Hohner in original box and information
by Amanda Addams Auctions
Est: AUD80- AUD150
AUD600 Bids
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Collection of harmonica includes various bands such as, Hohner th
Dec 12, 11:00 AM AEDT
Collection of harmonica includes various bands such as, Hohner th
by Amanda Addams Auctions
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD600 Bids
MIXED SHELF LOT. CHARLIE BROWN MUSIC BOX: "TRY TO REMEM
Dec 06, 10:00 AM EST
MIXED SHELF LOT. CHARLIE BROWN MUSIC BOX: "TRY TO REMEM
by Uniques & Antiques
Est: $60- $100
$500 Bids
Two violin Bows, Both 74.5 cm long
Dec 07, 9:30 AM GMT
Two violin Bows, Both 74.5 cm long
by Gorringes
Est: £200- £300
£1000 Bids
Two stamped violin bows, Both 74.5 cm long
Dec 07, 9:30 AM GMT
Two stamped violin bows, Both 74.5 cm long
by Gorringes
Est: £300- £500
£1500 Bids
Notenständer Deans & Co
Dec 17, 10:00 AM CET
Notenständer Deans & Co
by Kiefer Buch- und Kunstauktionen
Est: €70- €100
€700 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Musical Instruments - General


Dutch Auction Company

Dutch Auction Company

Gorringes

Gorringes

Apple Tree Auction Center

Apple Tree Auction Center

Morphy Auctions

Morphy Auctions