Sunday, December 21, 2008

Musical Instruments

This post is going to dig into the wonderful world of music, specifically musical instruments.
As I am sure many of us have played some horn or drum within our life... this should begin reminiscence of childhood ensembles, maybe embarrassing or not. :) And while we live in a world full of precious antiques of all shapes, sizes, and purposes, nothing says history better than musical instruments. Music is one thing within our lives that has been carried through generation to generation, bringing a piece of culture, history, and stories from the distant past to present.

Even more, discovering antique musical instruments can be both easy and challenging. I personally collect century old brass horns, but my dream is to get a hold of some truly antique saxophones (... I am a veteran sax player, alto and bari to be exact). What makes antiques so treasured within musical instruments is not the possible monetary value of the particular item(s), but the story that goes behind it. Musical instruments have been, and still are (relatively), the only product crafted by hands, and not on an assembly line method. Because of that fact, many people can tell stories fascinating to anyone... from how it was made to who played it to the journey it made around the world.

Now as WDIG prides itself on finding particularly rare items, here is a list of some of the rarest musical items (photos of these items are in search as we speak):
- Stradivarius Violin (Approx. 1700s)
- Flageolet Collection (Approx. 1800s)
- Dital Harp Lute. Levien. Paris. (Date unknown) *Goes for about $3,000 (USD)- Cittern String Waldzither (Similar to 18th century English guitar, 5 course. 18.5" scale length, 13" widest point, 26.5" overall length )

...there is an endless list of instruments that antiquates are striving to collect, but some specify their collection by country, year/time period, specific instrument/type, etc.
To find some more information on antique musical instruments, check out They are an awesome site, and WDIG gives a BIG THUMBS UP!! :)

Music instruments will always play a part in our lives, and taking some time to find out about antique music instruments will definitely keep you entertained.

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