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May 5, 2010 10:46 AM Subscribe
Help me better negotiate in the sale of a saxophone with surprising worth.
posted by greekphilosophy to media & arts (14 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
My parents bought me a saxophone when I was in middle school from a very nice church lady. It was kind of old and needed a little bit of tlc, but it was in pretty good shape. I honked on it occasionally for several years, but I'm a flute player and it really screwed up my embouchure if I played it too much.
I take it out every now and then and look it over, and think about how maybe I'll play it someday.
When the band director's husband saw it in high school he offered me a cool $1500 for it. I was shocked!
Well, it turns out it is a Selmer Mark VI alto saxophone with a serial number that dates it to 1962. This type of instrument can sell for anything between $4-13,000.
I don't need to keep this horn out of circulation and I could use the money (for a car or a nicer flute!). So I made some preliminary inquiries today. One place offered me $1500 by email without even seeing the instrument. The other place offered to look at it, but the guy had a hard time composing himself while talking to me. He was clearly very excited that this instrument had landed in his lap.
I need suggestions for negotiating this sale that will get me the best price, but the trick is that I don't actually know what this specific horn is worth. Research suggestions, how to handle offers/bids, and general negotiation tactics all welcome.