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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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Vintage Singing Bird Cage
Dec 21, 10:00 AM EST
Vintage Singing Bird Cage
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $20- $40
$707 Bids
Autophone Ithaca NY Cabinet Roller Organ
Dec 02, 10:00 AM EST
Autophone Ithaca NY Cabinet Roller Organ
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$907 Bids
Musical Porcelain Dog
Dec 01, 10:00 AM EST
Musical Porcelain Dog
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$97 Bids
Walzendrehorgel von A. Ruth u. Sohn, Orgelfabrik in Waldkirch Grossh. Baden
Dec 01, 11:00 AM CET
Walzendrehorgel von A. Ruth u. Sohn, Orgelfabrik in Waldkirch Grossh. Baden
by Dusseldorfer Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€8003 Bids
A German gilt metal singing bird automaton
Dec 02, 10:00 AM GMT
A German gilt metal singing bird automaton
by Martel Maides
Est: £200- £300
£1802 Bids
Walzendrehorgel ,,Harmonipan" von Gebrüder Richter in Düsseldorf
Dec 01, 11:00 AM CET
Walzendrehorgel ,,Harmonipan" von Gebrüder Richter in Düsseldorf
by Dusseldorfer Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€1,0002 Bids
(50+) Player Piano Rolls, Qrs Recordo
Dec 03, 10:00 AM MST
(50+) Player Piano Rolls, Qrs Recordo
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$152 Bids
Zwei Walzenspieluhren
Dec 01, 11:00 AM CET
Zwei Walzenspieluhren
by Dusseldorfer Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€1001 Bid
Kleine Walzen-Drehorgel von Josef Vodicka
Dec 01, 11:00 AM CET
Kleine Walzen-Drehorgel von Josef Vodicka
by Dusseldorfer Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€1501 Bid
Drehorgel von Bacigalupo u. Söhne, Waldstr. 43 Berlin
Dec 01, 11:00 AM CET
Drehorgel von Bacigalupo u. Söhne, Waldstr. 43 Berlin
by Dusseldorfer Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€1,0001 Bid
Walzendrehorgel von A. Ruth & Sohn in Waldkirch Baden
Dec 01, 11:00 AM CET
Walzendrehorgel von A. Ruth & Sohn in Waldkirch Baden
by Dusseldorfer Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€5001 Bid
Old German Porcelain Stein Music Box
Nov 30, 11:00 AM EST
Old German Porcelain Stein Music Box
by World Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $20
$101 Bid
VINTAGE STEINBACH WOODEN MUSIC BOX
Dec 02, 12:00 PM EST
VINTAGE STEINBACH WOODEN MUSIC BOX
by Converse Auctions
Est: $40- $80
$101 Bid
Walzendrehorgel von Wilhelm Bruder Söhne-Orgelbauer Waldkirch Baden
Dec 01, 11:00 AM CET
Walzendrehorgel von Wilhelm Bruder Söhne-Orgelbauer Waldkirch Baden
by Dusseldorfer Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€8001 Bid
Vintage Jim Dunlap GCB-95 Crybaby Wah Pedal
Dec 03, 10:00 AM MST
Vintage Jim Dunlap GCB-95 Crybaby Wah Pedal
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Vintage Italian Reuge Jewelry/Music Box
Dec 03, 11:00 AM EST
Vintage Italian Reuge Jewelry/Music Box
by Northgate Gallery
Est: $100- $25,000
$501 Bid
Walzenspieluhr
Dec 01, 11:00 AM CET
Walzenspieluhr
by Dusseldorfer Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€2001 Bid
Splendid Porcelain and Brass Music Boxes
Dec 03, 11:00 AM EST
Splendid Porcelain and Brass Music Boxes
by Northgate Gallery
Est: $100- $25,000
$501 Bid
A songbird automaton in the form of a book
Dec 02, 1:00 PM CET
A songbird automaton in the form of a book
by Dorotheum
Est: €3,000- €5,000
€2,0001 Bid
A series of musical instruments
Dec 03, 10:00 AM AEDT
A series of musical instruments
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD151 Bid
A 19TH CENTURY BLACK FOREST MUSICAL WALL PLAQUE
Dec 01, 9:30 AM GMT
A 19TH CENTURY BLACK FOREST MUSICAL WALL PLAQUE
by Hutchinson Scott Limited
Est: £100- £200
£501 Bid
Vintage Reuge Music Box with 1/36 Musical Movement
Dec 03, 11:00 AM EST
Vintage Reuge Music Box with 1/36 Musical Movement
by Northgate Gallery
Est: $100- $25,000
$501 Bid
Singvogelautomat mit zwei Vögeln
Dec 01, 11:00 AM CET
Singvogelautomat mit zwei Vögeln
by Dusseldorfer Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€2001 Bid
Musical Snow Globe
Dec 01, 10:00 AM EST
Musical Snow Globe
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$11 Bid

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