Best place(s) to sell Adams Flugelhorn
I had a mouth injury a year ago (split lower lip, lost front tooth, among other injuries - I was never an advanced player and have concluded it's too hard to play the horn (I'm also an accordion player and pianist, so not without instruments, thank goodness).
Any suggestions on best places to sell my Adams flugel? It's a beautiful instrument but just not for me anymore.
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If you don't want the hassle of trying to sell it yourself, you may want to place it on consignment with someone like Trent Austin at Austin Custom Brass. He also just happens to be an Adams dealer, which may help a little. He will also have a good idea what the horn is worth in today's market. His link is below. Sorry you had al those problems.
I understand your position it must hurt to give up what you love and selling your instrument does make some sense, but I would countenance a pause before finally taking that step and doing so.
My instruments carry memories for me that are precious to me and perhaps if you hold on to it, in a few years time you may feel the same and perhaps be glad that you did.
Many players have played beyond tooth-loss some with dentures some with implants so there may be some hope there.
I would not be so crass as to try to give advice but you have a connection to this instrument and it carries some of your history your memories and your growth as a musician.
Once it has gone it has gone forever.
Please decide carefully.
A person's attitude towards playing, or not, is personal so the decision is yours.
Just a reminder, though, that Chet Baker had a missing front tooth (when he had them) and came back, although his endurance suffered, after getting all of his teeth knocked out.
You can post it here in the classifieds. Trumpetherald marketplace is also a very good location, but their software is a frustrating experience, to say the least!
@administrator Thank you!
ACB on consignment.
@trumpetb Thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful note. If I had a deep background in horn, I think this would be different. But I took it up at the age of 60 and have barely gotten a foundation at this point. I tire so quickly now, and my lip (split then sewn up) hurts all the time, and hurts more when I play the horn. That is in addition to the difficulty getting a clear sound, which was not a problem before, and I even have soreness in my upper teeth. Oosh, not meaning to complain but just to explain. I do have my 'starter' flugelhorn stashed in the closet and should I ever want to play again, it's actually not bad for a used $400 purchase. Meanwhile, I've decided to take up the fiddle (aka violin). I'm just over 70 and figure learning a new instrument (that doesn't require deep lungs) is a great challenge and opportunity and so - forward I go. I am grateful to have had some good times on the flugel, and yes, I am sad to let go of the horn, and yet, it's time. Best, Annie
p.s. I purchased my horn at Austin Brass when they were based in Boston, so I am preparing to send it to them this week for them to put up for sale for me on consignment.
@kehaulani Yes - Thanks! That was my choice before even seeing your and other posts here - bought my Adams from them when they were based in Boston area where I live - and am preparing to send it to them this week for consignment.
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That is a good move, Annie. Your story is a sad one. I am an 86 year old trumpet player who is finding that playing the trumpet is becoming an ever more difficult instrument to play each new year. My glory years were between 1953 and 1965 when I had my own 5 piece band. I stopped playing in 1965 to concentrate on a career in printing and publishing. After my wife passed away in 2012 I started thinking about playing the trumpet again but didn't do anything positive until 2016. The loss of my wife took a terrible toll on me but once I started back at music, my life went through a change and the trumpet became my salvation. I am playing first trumpet with one of the best community bands in my part of the world. Age is a challenge but I always did love a challenge.
Good luck on switching to the violin.The main thing is you are sticking with music and music is magic for the soul.
Trent Austin and his boys will take good care of you.
@georgeb Yes - Thanks, George. That was my choice before even seeing your and other posts here - bought my Adams from them when they were based in Boston area where I live - and am preparing to send it to them this week for consignment. And just purchased a fiddle and am starting lessons with my brother this week. When one door closes.... as the saying goes.
@georgeb Thanks, George. I am glad that once you passed through the worst of our grieving, you were able to get back into music - and it is remarkable how much joy it gives back to us. I'm 72 and thrilled to be starting on the violin and also on the opportunity to play with others (not so easy with flugelhorn, which is kind an outlier instrument - even my local community band would only take trumpet, not flugel). I love hearing your story and it helps to inspire me as I embark on this fiddling. My brother will be my first teacher and has already helped me to start. Thank goodness for music and music making. Blessings, Annie