Anyone touched an instrument worth more than you will ever earn in your life?

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  1. Billy3

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    My wife has friend named Nina Lee. Went to high school with her. She came to visit us. Being a master Cello musician, she also had her instrument with her. Omg! The thing is older than our US of A and worth 5 mill. Never heard a more beautiful sound. Makes this guitar world like small potatoes .
     
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    Nothing like that, just a lowly '58 Explorer:D
     
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    I dropped a set of TV Jones's in a Squier Strat, does that count?

    My violin teacher was a nun. She has a beautiful and very old violin that sounded like it was designed by angels. I never touched it, but it could fill an auditorium with music in an inexplicable way. Truly a work of art and science.
     
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    Classical instrument are other thing. I have friends who sold a house to get a Cello. A friend of mine plays a 1600 or 1700 (I cannot remember) clavicord and it worths two or three houses...

    He laughs when I told him I bought a expensive guitar (for me) a Gretsch 6120... Expensive? hahaha


    My daughter plays cello at the Conservatory and I saw an ARC, just the arc being apraised at 6.000€
     
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    I played a brand new Steinway in an Opera Hall, and played a ‘63 Strat oin Denmark Street guitarshop… as well a brand new Petroff piano at Bozar Centre in Brussels. All incredible instruments!
     
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    I would hope that you would earn more in your lifetime than the price of a 63 Stratocaster unless, of course, it belonged to Rory Gallagher or Jimi Hendrix.
     
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    Yeah man she had two bows and they're worth well over a hundred grand combined. Btw I hid my 3 inexpensive guitars when she came by. I didn't want to, well, show off
     
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    I hope as well, thank you. Actually, just bought a new Qashqai for almost the same price…
    And that Strat was - how else?- a red one…
     
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    The violin player in my band plays a sub-professional instrument that's worth twice my 30s Gibson. She also plays viola, so she shows up to every practice with a down payment on a house.
     
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    I played on a Steinway at Georgetown Univ 20 hours after Duke Ellington
     
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    I plan on making more than any instrument costs.
     
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    Yep, on a regular basis. I've handled many of the most valuable instruments in existence.

    Some people are shocked that I have no quandaries in taking a knife and popping open a Stradivarius to repair, but quite honestly, it means very little by comparison to what a paediatric surgeon does every day, or a midwife in those first seconds of a child's life.

    What the value of an object is, is quite personal. The market value of an old wooden box with strings on might be 3M to some, a shiny lump of rock - 20M. :confused::cry:
    Does a rare stamp that sells for millions to some fat-cat in his penthouse really have more value than the only photo you might have of a lost loved one?

    Screw that viola in my workshop, where's my Tele.
     
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    Nope, but you're right about guitars being inexpensive in relation to other instruments. Heck, the sax player in your band probably spent more on his instrument than your entire guitar "collection".
     
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    Jeff Beck’s Esquire, Hard Rock Cafe, London
     
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    Many, many times, actually, but when you've read about the blind test of violinists comparing Strads to carbon fiber models, and they get it wrong half the time, well.....You begin to understand the phrase 'hearing with ones eyes'.

    That said.......I'm blessed with the gift of sight, so it counts very much.

    Here's a couple of nice guitars I've been around. The L-5 near my left shoulder is my 1930. This shot was taken at Robert Corwin's home. Google him. IMG_3801.JPG

    And here's me playing one of a pair of Monteleone Eclipse models made for Eric Clapton. Somebody had to make sure it passed inspection.

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    Sorta.
    I have worked for several music stores in Austin, and British Columbia.
    In Austin, I have worked for Picker’s Paradise, Ray Hennig’s HOT (Heart Of Texas) Music, GC, South Austin Music, and Guitar Rez.
    I’ve played Willie’s Trigger (twice), SRV’s #1, Albert Collins’ Tele, Eric Johnson’s Virginia Strat, and a half dozen 1958-60 sunburst Les Pauls.
    My Dad fixed the pickup on Trigger, circa 1975.
    I played it again when the late Poodie Locke, Willie’s road manager brought it to my last day job, South Austin Music, circa 2008.
    He bought a simple case for it, and let me play it.
    I’ve proudly posted a pic of me playing it here (TDPRI) several times.
    Trigger sounds and plays great!
    SRV’s #1 had just been refretted at Michael Stevens’ shop on E 11th St., circa 1984.
    SRV wasn’t a household name, yet.
    I just played it, unplugged.
    It was indeed a little hard to play for me at the time, with heavy strings.
    Ironically, I now use almost the same gauges, now.
    It was not nearly as beat up as it became at the time.
    I was at Stevens’ picking up a guitar he repaired for me.
    Albert Collins’ natural finish Tele was in the care of my friend, the late Danny Thorpe.
    Danny was working at the newly opened South Austin Music, circa 1985, and was also employed by Clifford Antone as a stage manager/guitar tech.
    I played it, unplugged.
    I actually had Virginia in my possession for several months.
    It’s a 1954 Strat that Eric had bought at JR Reed Music.
    It was missing it’s middle pickup at the time.
    Eric borrowed my 1968 Les Paul, and I borrowed Virginia.
    Eric was my guitar teacher in 1975.
    He’s still my favorite guitarist.
    The sunburst Pauls were all for sale, but were selling for $1,500-2,000 at the time.
    They weren’t commanding the money they do now.
    All sounded and played great.
    None were particularly figured, but were all in good, original condition.
    I’ve even owned several 50-60s Les Pauls, Strats and Teles, myself.
    They were just nice, used guitars at the time.
    I never spent more than $500 on any of them.
    I bought a 55 gold top, and 55 Esquire for $500 each, circa 1978-1980.
    Unfortunately, none of those guitars were “contagious”.
    I still play like a schmoe.;)
     
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    Bilbo (and Frodo) Baggins had a corslet of Mithril that was worth all of the Shire. (Sorry, I’m re-reading Lord of the Rings. That is a quote from Gandalf, of course.)
    Funny that humans place such value on inanimate objects.
     
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    Not more than I'll make in my lifetime, but it was an old (late 30s/early 40s) Martin D-45 or so priced around $140K at Gruhn's a while back. It had belonged to someone from the opry for a while prior. It was cool, but it played ok. Based on the price I felt bad not liking it. My wife's uncle who I went with felt the same. Cool piece none the less to see and hold. It was an odd feeling holding something priced like it was. I can't imagine some of the classical instruments out there
     
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    Nope.
    But my sister has an Esteban acoustic she’s looking to sell.
    I have played it.
    Somebody give her a whole lot of money for it and we can turn this post around!!!
     
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