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Octavin

I am a retired high school band director in Lubbock, TX USA. I have a friend whose father was also a band director. He has an Octavin he would like to sell. It seems to be in very good condition. Could you give me a direction to go for contacts that might be interested in purchasing this instrument?

Thanks-- Phil Anthony
 

jbtsax

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Congrats on surviving in the "trenches" until you could retire. :) Thanks for introducing me to an instrument I had never seen or heard of.
 

pete

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The best recommendation on where to sell is always going to be eBay. It is possible that someone here might be interested in such a thing -- or over at sneezy.org -- but if you want to have the largest exposure and probably the best price, eBay is a logical choice.

Adler Octavins in good shape seem to be selling in the $2000 to $2600 range, based on brief Googling.
 

Gandalfe

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Using/creating a well-researched eBay ad, I have been able to sell everything I've put out there. There is a learning curve to learning how to do good ads (find similar, run draft past this group, etc.), but I suspect as a teacher, you wouldn't have a problem sussing this out. If it's just more work than you wanna do, sometimes that's how I feel, you can sell locally through word of mouth, Craig's List, and such. Good luck.
 

jbtsax

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Pete's estimate is in line with the only octavin sold on Ebay in the past 12 months. It was listed on 8/1/12 with a starting price of $2995 and had no bids. When relisted on 8/6/12 starting at $2445 it was sold for the starting bid price. The make and other information about condition was not available since the search was beyond 90 days.

Just a reminder to others on the Woodwind Forum that I have a subscription to Terapeak Research Service which enables me to search Ebay sales for the past 12 months. I would be happy to do a search for anyone who asks.
 

pete

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I'll probably shoot you something about the eBay research thing a bit later, JBT.

The search I did on the Octavin was actually through Google, not eBay: they didn't have anything still in their cache. Nice to know I nailed it on the value!

I've not played an Octavin. I've seen a couple, in person. The most "exotic" horn I've played would either be a bass sax or Bb contrabass clarinet. If you consider those "exotic," that is :p.
 

Groovekiller

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Am I the only person here who's actually played an octavin?
Merlin - Maybe. I've only seen one, in good shape but not ready to play. I asked a rare instrument dealer in Germany about an Octavin once and he replied "Save your money for a real instrument." It was enough to scare me away because he was a pretty knowledgeable cat.
 
Am I the only person here who's actually played an octavin?
I've blown a few notes on one but I'm not sure it could be called playing. It was made by Gregus Pal who makes tárogatós and is the only "bass" tárogató maker I know of.
 
There was one on Ebay in the UK 2 or 3 years ago went for only about £400, if I remember correctly, but it was high pitch so useless for playing other than solo.
 

pete

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So, it sounds like a Taragato crossed with an oboe. Hmm.

Thanks very much for the video. One of the reasons I like it is because I've always wondered how to actually play one. The bell is right next to the mouthpiece, after all.
 
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