can you post a picture of the bell engraving for us to get an idea of the buffing level?
if the engraving is still relatively sharp, the lacquer is still mostly there (>95%), and pads have a good life left in them, I'd guess somewhere around $5k. these are rare to come by these days.
I agree with what has been posted. I think $4500 on the low end and 6500 on the high end. I think they need to be in excellent playing condition to get the high end. I think the USA horn is an example of a good relac. The other site has more buffed out ones. I have an original lac BA that I value at 8k. I've watched them for some time.
I bought a gently buffed relacquered BA last June for $3200.
It was an impulse buy because I’ve never played one I liked much. I bought an aftermarket neck for it that really opened it up.
I never thought I’d put my old Mark VI to the side but I’ve gotten really gun shy about taking it to gigs. I don’t have the same emotional feelings about the BA and I had a really beat up marching band rescue Mark VI that I’d been using.
I sold the beat up Mark VI for $3600 to get the BA.
You only sell a Selmer to get another.
That sounds like a great buy. However its a one off price. As you describe it, that horn would sell almost immediately at that price on Ebay. Thus the market value is higher. I have got lucky plenty of times on horns, but not BA.
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