I have an odd observation that may be a bit off the mark but… As I breeze through this forum I see posts linking to sales on E-bay of vintage horns of, “note “. These posts draw attention to the sale and the instrument/model. This increased visibility might just possibly develop a slightly inflated interest in these horns. This might be increasing the mystique of these instruments and the perceived demand for them. Once a seller recognizes that the, “perceived” value is now increased due to the heightened buzz they are compelled to capitalize on this.
All they have to do to see what they have is a simple search:
If a seller wants to know about the product all they have to do is search. These 3 searches garner a great deal activity from 2 trumpet forums many of which are E-bay links. The rest talk about the much sought after qualities of these rare instruments. Oddly this points to an inflated used market created by the collective.
I know I will never find an EBay listing of one of the Grail horns that hasn’t been reviled by a forum EBay watcher. At this point I fully expect to pay top dollar for a grail horn, as I know all hunters are aware of the sighting.
Are we partially responsible?
The price of new horns is an entirely different matter but certainly affects the used market. What is fair markdown on a used 1-year-old horn? Once again it will be driven by demand or the perceived value of the horn. Is this a horn that the collective recognizes as a, “great” horn? If so, then it’s depreciation less than other not as desirable horns of equal original purchase price? There has to be some correlation between hype and price. Even though a Martin Committee is clearly not a horn for all players or playing requirements it is one of the grail horns of lore. This makes it priceless to some.
This is the market if we decide we want less expensive horns well we might consider.
I hear they play great.