A huge gamble indeed. I think the serial numbers may match after all - the body could be a 3 or a 5 in that bad photo and I'm leaning towards 3.So, who here snagged it for $10,200+?
(Plus over $1,800 for the auction fee, plus maybe taxes. Well over $12,000 for sure.)
Wherever it ends up, it would be fun to learn more about its true condition and outcome (and whether there was a flute hiding under the clarinet, or if the Link and neck that appeared to have been sitting in a swampy basement were salvageable, and so on). At that price it seems like a bit of a gamble for anyone other than a person with the ability to refurbish it themselves.
Fun discussion, in any case—thanks, all, and thanks to the OP for turning us on to this.
"This horn is undisputably original lacquer with beautiful highly elaborate original factory engravings! The horn is right on and has just the right look, color, tone, hue as this exact era SBA should. As I graze my hands over top the engravings they are deep to the touch and feel just right."Wow, it didn't take long, did it?
That's a good profit right there, if it sells anywhere close to this price. Highly skeptical...
I'd be curious to hear Jaice and Brian's opinion on the lacquer again, now that the listing shows dozens of close up pictures. In my non-expert opinion it does look like a very good (factory?) relacquer.
That's a funny statement from a seller that offers another original SBA in similar condition for $149,000. That's an expensive line up of $120,000 accessories that he is including in the latter offering."This horn is undisputably original lacquer with beautiful highly elaborate original factory engravings! The horn is right on and has just the right look, color, tone, hue as this exact era SBA should. As I graze my hands over top the engravings they are deep to the touch and feel just right."
There you have it. It says so right there - "indisputable" (they don't know Grumps).
True at time of sale. But this could become a headache if days later someone else convinces/demonstrates to the buyer he was mislead.When it comes to whether or not the lacquer is original, I guess it really only matters what the buyer and their designated specialist think.
Daaaaaaaamn Guto, that’s a beaut! Let me know if you ever sell that thing!what makes me think that horn is a relacquer is because you can see in many places small bits of the engraving poking through with corrosion , as opposed to a uniform corrosion throughout the engraving line as the one Jaice showed. this indicates to me that there is lacquer over the engraving. here is my mint (I believe all original) 59k VI w/ american engraving for comparison. as you can see the zigzag engraving is uniformly darkened with corrosion.
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