Maybe that ancient wind-up phonograph you tossed into your attic years ago will fetch a decent price. Wind-up gramophones from the 1920s and 1930s can be worth several hundred pounds, but the electrical machines that began to replace them in the 1930s had far less collector appeal. These days, vintage electronics are prized for their design qualities rather than their musical performance so it's possible that an old radio or tape recorder could be sold for money.
Guitars are always worth something, even if they are broken. You can sell them for money.
Bicycles are also always worth something, even if they are broken.
TVs are also always worth something, even if they are broken.
In fact, anything with a battery inside is always worth something, even if it is broken.
As long as it works fine without electricity, it can be sold for money.
Vintage toys are another great item to sell for money. In fact, almost any old toy you can think of is worth some cash. Who doesn't want to buy a little dolly that rolls around your floor or a set of plastic soldiers to put on your desk? The list goes on and on!
Berliner's initial gadgets, dubbed "Gramophones," lacked a motor. The phonograph seen here initially cost $15 and, despite its simplicity, was intended to be a serious product, not a toy. It came with two reels of tape, one black and one white.
The original Gramophone is believed to have been invented by Thomas Edison's employee Harvey Hubbell. This simple but effective device used magnetic tape to store audio recordings. It is credited with having launched the modern music industry because it provided a means for recording and playing back songs. The Gramophone was an enormous success and remained on the market until 1913 when Edison himself introduced his own version called the Phonograph. The Berliner Grammophon company took advantage of this early popularity by branding various models of tape recorder.
Harvey Hubbell sold his interest in the Gramophone patent to Berliner Grammophon in 1894 for $40,000. He received another $20,000 in cash and 20,000 shares of common stock. He then set up shop as a contractor manufacturing Grammophones for Berliner under contract. In 1901, he released his own model that was similar to Berliner's but cheaper and more portable. It contained the same tape mechanism as the Gramophone but used cardboard cylinders instead of metal ones.
Furthermore, for the first time, phonograph records were recorded electrically, which improved sound quality. These new machines were a huge hit, selling for as low as $50.00 (and as much as $300.00) and immediately restoring Victor's profitability (and prestige). The electric phonograph was an immediate success and many other record companies followed suit by using electrical recording technology.
In conclusion, the gramophone sold for $10 to $20 in 1920. It was replaced by the radio at about the same price point.
Clarinets are plentiful, and like vehicles, they lose half their worth once acquired, whether you use them or not. Following that, it's mostly downhill. Of course, value may be restored with time; for example, a Buffet R13 acquired in 1960 for $180 is now worth $800 in undamaged and playable condition. But most older clarinets are not like this; instead, they're likely to be worth less than $100 even though they might still have some value to a collector.
When you buy an antique instrument, you're buying its history as well as its soundboard. As such, they cannot be repaired like modern instruments can; if the hole in the side of the body is no longer there, it's gone forever. An antique clarinet will always be what it was when you buy it - something that made music back then - rather than something that functions today. This means that they're not useful for anything else and are therefore worthless.
Old instruments are expensive to maintain and repair because they are usually built with limited technology and knowledge at that time. They also require special tools not available to most musicians. In addition, many fine antiques contain wood that is now highly valued and difficult to find, so they must be specially ordered from overseas markets. Finally, old instruments tend to be more fragile than modern ones, so they require more care and maintenance.
Generally, more than 90% of antique and vintage Singer sewing machines are worth between $0 and $100. Some early models are an exception to this rule. These devices, especially in good condition, can cost thousands of dollars. Singer Model 1, commonly known as the Singer Patent Model, is an example. It was first manufactured around 1909 and remained in production until 1951.
In general, older sewing machines are cheaper because they contain less modern technology and are in generally better condition than newer models. Also, they don't sell for as much since there are so many still available today.
Vintage sewing machine values are based on two factors: age and condition. Older machines are usually more expensive because they come with fewer accessories and they have less damage due to wear-and-tear. Condition affects value too. A machine that works perfectly could be worth nothing while another one with some minor issues could be worth a lot. Always check the seller's photos carefully before you buy something expensive!
Even though most vintage sewing machines aren't worth very much, some rare models do have high prices attached to them. For example, a rare Singer 99 model with a long arm mechanism may go for hundreds or even thousands of dollars. There are only about 30 such machines in existence!
An instrument in excellent condition is normally worth roughly 45 percent of its original retail price. Instruments with missing components or substantial wear are often only worth approximately 25% of the quoted price.
The reason for this disparity is that people tend to pay more for instruments that are in good condition, and will therefore want to make up for any damage done to the body or case.
In addition, expensive guitars are often considered "collectibles" and thus may sell for more even though they are in similar condition to a cheaper model.
Finally, some manufacturers will quote prices based on a number of factors, such as the quality of wood used, the complexity of the construction, etc. Even identical guitars can have different values depending on who is quoting them. For all these reasons, it is difficult to give a precise estimate of value.
However, an instrument that is still in its original box with all its documentation and accessories should be worth close to what was paid for it. Anything else would be considered a second-hand sale.
In conclusion, the value of an instrument is directly related to how much someone is willing to pay for it. If you ask 100 people what they think an instrument's value is, you will get 100 different answers.