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Is this vintage J.W. Pepper Baritone/Bass Trumpet worth it?



 
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Sclurbs
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 7:23 am    Post subject: Is this vintage J.W. Pepper Baritone/Bass Trumpet worth it? Reply with quote

https://portland.craigslist.org/grg/msg/d/north-bonneville-jw-pepper-baritone/7196939617.html

I can't find anything else like it and am very interested in the design. Not wanting to buy an ornamental piece of junk though. What should I watch out for that would make me not want to buy this?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 9:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can't speak to whether you should buy it or not.

A few points:

- Horns that old rarely play as well as you hope. It's 100 years old. Valves weren't built that tightly back then and I doubt the past century has made them better.

- Value is determined by availability and desirability. Personally, I think $250 is quite high for a random brass instrument that old. Who is looking for one of these? No, really, who? It's old, possibly modified, and probably high pitch. I'd think $50-100 would be more reasonable.

I'll bet that will sit on craigslist for at least a few months. Maybe you can talk him down, if you really want it.
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