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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 SWISS MUSIC BOX
Apr 27, 3:00 PM PDT
ANTIQUE SWISS MUSIC BOX
by Sunset Auction
Est: $0- $0
$6510 Bids
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Reuge Music Birdcage Automaton
May 05, 10:00 AM CDT
Reuge Music Birdcage Automaton
by J. Garrett Auctioneers
Est: $100- $25,000
$4007 Bids
ANTIQUE SWISS CYLINDER MUSIC BOX
Apr 26, 12:00 PM EDT
ANTIQUE SWISS CYLINDER MUSIC BOX
by Dennis Auction Service
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$7505 Bids
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REGINA MUSIC BOX Early 20th Century Height 14". Width 20". Depth 22.25".
Apr 25, 9:30 AM EDT
REGINA MUSIC BOX Early 20th Century Height 14". Width 20". Depth 22.25".
by Eldred's
Est: $700- $1,000
$1,2005 Bids
Polyphon 19C. Antique German Musical Disc Player
Apr 24, 12:00 PM EDT
Polyphon 19C. Antique German Musical Disc Player
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$1504 Bids
Regina coin operated music box
Apr 28, 11:00 AM EDT
Regina coin operated music box
by Schmitt Horan & Co.
Est: $1,200- $1,600
$8502 Bids
Karl Griesbaum Singing Caged Bird Music Box
May 08, 12:00 PM EDT
Karl Griesbaum Singing Caged Bird Music Box
by Old Kinderhook Auction Company
Est: $50- $100
$502 Bids
“Sublime Harmonie Piccolo” Cylinder Music Box
May 01, 12:00 PM EDT
“Sublime Harmonie Piccolo” Cylinder Music Box
by South Bay Auctions Inc
Est: $400- $600
$2252 Bids
Napoleon III Inlaid Mahogany 8 Airs Music Box
May 14, 11:00 AM EDT
Napoleon III Inlaid Mahogany 8 Airs Music Box
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $300- $500
$501 Bid
Schutz-Marke "Symphonion" Double-Comb Music Box
May 01, 12:00 PM EDT
Schutz-Marke "Symphonion" Double-Comb Music Box
by South Bay Auctions Inc
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
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Otagiri Porcelain Goose Music Box
Apr 25, 2:00 PM EDT
Otagiri Porcelain Goose Music Box
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$101 Bid
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Beatrix Potter Porcelain Music Box, Hunca Munca
Apr 25, 2:00 PM EDT
Beatrix Potter Porcelain Music Box, Hunca Munca
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$101 Bid
Reginaphone combination disc music box and phonograph
Apr 28, 11:00 AM EDT
Reginaphone combination disc music box and phonograph
by Schmitt Horan & Co.
Est: $1,800- $2,500
$9001 Bid
2pc. Polyphon Music Box w/ 11 Discs *WORKING* 48 1/2"H, 27 1/2"L, 15 3/4"W
May 04, 9:00 AM CDT
2pc. Polyphon Music Box w/ 11 Discs *WORKING* 48 1/2"H, 27 1/2"L, 15 3/4"W
by Bright Star Antiques Co.
Est: $0- $0
$251 Bid
Symphonion-Plattenspieluhr mit Glockenspiel (Modern)
May 03, 10:00 AM CEST
Symphonion-Plattenspieluhr mit Glockenspiel (Modern)
by Dusseldorfer Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€1001 Bid
Vintage Musical Coyote (?)
Apr 24, 11:00 AM EDT
Vintage Musical Coyote (?)
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Coin-Operated Automaton with Small Musical Movement
May 11, 10:00 AM CEST
Coin-Operated Automaton with Small Musical Movement
by Auction Team Breker
Est: €300- €500
€1801 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Musical Instruments - General


Auction Team Breker

Auction Team Breker

Bamfords Auctioneers and Valuers Ltd

Bamfords Auctioneers and Valuers Ltd

Weatherham Estate Treasures

Weatherham Estate Treasures

Dobiaschofsky Auktionen AG

Dobiaschofsky Auktionen AG