I keep hearing all of these ideas that Japanese businessmen are running around paying outrageous prices for vintage horns, but I have yet to encounter one. Is this just myth or is this really happening?
I tune and fix pianos in OC SoCal and I see that all the time, brand new Steinway for their 6 month old baby.I had a friend who was selling Steinway pianos in Japan during that era. Business was great but very frustrating for him as a serious pianist as he said he never sold a single one to an actual pianist, they all were sold as status symbols to households with lots of money.
I would be very interested to see either of those collections, if anyone had a link to them.I knew of one doctor from Japan who had an unbelievable collection.
There was also a guy in Belgium who had some of the greatest looking horns that you could imagine. He even had a web site.
Attilio Berni has an incredible collection in Italy. He has a Facebook page and posted photos of some of his collection a few days ago. Really a Pandora’s box of rare and unusual saxophones. The one that amazed me was a left handed alto!I would be very interested to see either of those collections, if anyone had a link to them.
Or to any other Sax/Selmer collectors.