Posted by JRTapes on June 21, 1999 at 11:44:15:
In Reply to: What if .... posted by Ike H. on June 20, 1999 at 23:41:57:
Another consideration is basic supply and demand. There are many more guitar players in the world, so the popularity and demand is high for the small numbers of instuments already made. I've heard the Japanese are big collectors of American guitars. Because of the popularity today you see many recreations of models made 40 years ago.
In the tuba world I have a hard time seeing into the future when there will be a similar supply and demand problem. Tuba is not a glamour instrument like guitar, and I don't think worldwide collecting will ever reach anything close to what has happened in guitar.
As Jay already stated, functionability is a key to tuba collecting. Just ask Joe S. about the many parts he's cut up and discarded. I agree that older Yorks, and the like seem to hold value, but again it may be due to popularity, such as the association with Arnold Jacobs. To the world at large, we may always just be the oom-pah crowd.