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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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Antique Regina 12 Disc Upright Automatic Changer Music Box
Mar 16, 10:00 AM MST
Antique Regina 12 Disc Upright Automatic Changer Music Box
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$32516 Bids
The Olympia 11 - 5/8" Disc Music Box
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
The Olympia 11 - 5/8" Disc Music Box
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $500- $1,000
$52511 Bids
CLOISONNE & SILVER MECHANICAL SINGING BIRD BOX
Mar 05, 6:00 PM CST
CLOISONNE & SILVER MECHANICAL SINGING BIRD BOX
by Dallas Auction Gallery
Est: $4,000- $5,000
$8508 Bids
Antique Regina Rookwood Double Comb Music Box
Mar 16, 10:00 AM MST
Antique Regina Rookwood Double Comb Music Box
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$807 Bids
Walnut Polyphon, Style 104, Coin Operated Music Box
Mar 06, 11:00 AM EST
Walnut Polyphon, Style 104, Coin Operated Music Box
by Gray's Auctioneers
Est: $500- $700
$9505 Bids
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Ornate Rue Moliere Egg Music Box
Mar 05, 2:00 PM EST
Ornate Rue Moliere Egg Music Box
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$255 Bids
MAGNENAT & SONS SWISS MUSIC BOX
Mar 05, 6:00 PM CST
MAGNENAT & SONS SWISS MUSIC BOX
by Dallas Auction Gallery
Est: $600- $800
$5004 Bids
Southwestern Cowhide Pueblo Drum & Beater
Mar 09, 10:00 AM MST
Southwestern Cowhide Pueblo Drum & Beater
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$254 Bids
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1994 Enesco Lucie Attwell Music Box
Mar 16, 2:00 PM EDT
1994 Enesco Lucie Attwell Music Box
by Heritage Antiques & Auction
Est: $20- $40
$203 Bids
Meister-Geige, gemarkt Heinrich Th. Heberlein Jr., Markneukirchen 1884
Mar 09, 10:00 AM CET
Meister-Geige, gemarkt Heinrich Th. Heberlein Jr., Markneukirchen 1884
by K&K – Auktionen in Heidelberg
Est: €900- €1,200
€3602 Bids
Antike Drehleier von Pajot Jeune in Jenzat, Frankreich um 1880/90 und nepalesische Tungna des 19. Jhs.
Mar 09, 10:00 AM CET
Antike Drehleier von Pajot Jeune in Jenzat, Frankreich um 1880/90 und nepalesische Tungna des 19. Jhs.
by K&K – Auktionen in Heidelberg
Est: €500- €600
€1502 Bids
Swiss Decorated Wood Music Box, 10 x 18 x 11 1/2 in. (25.4 x 45.7 x 29.2 cm.)
Mar 05, 10:00 AM EST
Swiss Decorated Wood Music Box, 10 x 18 x 11 1/2 in. (25.4 x 45.7 x 29.2 cm.)
by Weschler's
Est: $200- $400
$1252 Bids
Antique Victorian Orchestral Marquetry Music Box
Mar 09, 11:00 AM EST
Antique Victorian Orchestral Marquetry Music Box
by Joshua Kodner
Est: $400- $800
$1252 Bids
Guild Deluxe Leather Guitar Strap
Mar 10, 7:00 PM EST
Guild Deluxe Leather Guitar Strap
by Lettieri Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$102 Bids
ANTIQUE VICTORIAN REGINA MUSIC BOX
Mar 06, 9:00 AM EST
ANTIQUE VICTORIAN REGINA MUSIC BOX
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $800- $1,200
$2001 Bid
HERGÉ, Georges Remi dit (1907-1983)
Mar 10, 2:00 PM CET
HERGÉ, Georges Remi dit (1907-1983)
by Stanley's auction
Est: €50- €80
€401 Bid
Meistergeige von Michael Strobl mit Hoyer-Bogen, Berlin 1903
Mar 09, 10:00 AM CET
Meistergeige von Michael Strobl mit Hoyer-Bogen, Berlin 1903
by K&K – Auktionen in Heidelberg
Est: €5,000- €6,000
€1,5001 Bid
MUSIC DISC PLAYER BOX.
Mar 08, 11:00 AM EST
MUSIC DISC PLAYER BOX.
by Amelia Jeffers
Est: $500- $1,000
$2501 Bid
AMERICAN REGINA DISC MUSIC BOX.
Mar 08, 11:00 AM EST
AMERICAN REGINA DISC MUSIC BOX.
by Amelia Jeffers
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5001 Bid
OGGETTISTICA
Mar 07, 10:30 AM CET
OGGETTISTICA
by Aste Boetto SRL
Est: €100- €150
€1001 Bid
Five (5) Vintage Dresser Music Boxes - THORENS - JAPAN
Mar 29, 10:00 AM EDT
Five (5) Vintage Dresser Music Boxes - THORENS - JAPAN
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $50- $1,000
$101 Bid
LOT OF 10 REGINA MUSIC BOX DISC
Mar 06, 9:00 AM EST
LOT OF 10 REGINA MUSIC BOX DISC
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $80- $120
$201 Bid
Cylinder Musical Movement from a Clock Base by Lang­dorff, c. 1855
Mar 23, 10:00 AM CET
Cylinder Musical Movement from a Clock Base by Lang­dorff, c. 1855
by Auction Team Breker
Est: €300- €450
€1601 Bid
Regina Mahogany Music Box 12-1/2"h x 23"w x 20"d
Mar 14, 10:00 AM EDT
Regina Mahogany Music Box 12-1/2"h x 23"w x 20"d
by Nye & Company
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$5001 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Musical Instruments - General


Auction Team Breker

Auction Team Breker

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Weatherham Estate Treasures

Weatherham Estate Treasures

Schuler Auktionen

Schuler Auktionen