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I have these two Ackerman pieces, an alto and a tenor. There's no description on the pieces except for "BOB ACKERMAN" and the tip opening. The alto is 77 and the tenor is an 85. I think both have small chambers. At least the tenor does.

I get a nice, bright sound on the alto. I think I sound like Phil Woods on it. But it kind of lacks the lower part of the sound that I like.

Anyway, I was hoping somebody could give me a model or something and maybe tell me how much they might be worth.






PS - I just took the photos. I don't know why the camera reverted back to 2004. LOL.
 

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I'm not sure of those pieces exactly, but I did have an Ackerman from the period Jon Van Wie did work for him. It wasn't marked with JVW, but it played close enough to a JVW Meyer that I had to make me believe it was his work. Very nice pieces.
 

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I have one for alto. Excellent player but a touch bright for me. Any info. would be gratefully received.
 

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By the way, I paid around $60 for mine in new condition off of ebay. The lettering looked exactly the same. I don't think they're worth very much without a guarantee that they are indeed JVW pieces. But, as always, prices can very greatly.
 

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Same blanks used by the BARI company. Those blanks have appeared with a number of different names on them (and the same font!). In terms of value, they are a bit obscure or not particularly sought after, so if you can get $50-$70 each, consider it a good day.

I think they are decent pieces - good material. They whip in to shape quite nicely.
 

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I believe Bob sold the last lot of them several years ago to someone who then sold them on eBay. So there are a bunch of them out there that have not been hand finished.
 

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eBay is where mine came from - for $45 if my memory serves. A good deal .... if only I liked the sound sufficiently! It's a useful and reliable back-up, though, even in its unwhipped state.
 
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