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Catalog > Used Instruments

updated December 21, 2014

We are proud to offer a large selection of high-quality used instruments. We take great care inspecting used instruments before they get put out for sale. In almost every case, a used instrument will have been examined by one of our luthiers/repair people to check for any issues with playability. If repairs were done, we will state that in the description. Wherever possible we also try to include photos of the instrument, especially detailing any repair work.

Occasionally, we will come across an unusual and/or vintage piece that may have some playability or cosmetic issues that aren't financially feasible to address, but the item still has some collector's value and/or can be played despite the issues. In these cases, we will disclose any potential issues in the item's description, and the item will be offered "as is." However, our general policy is to only offer instruments for sale (new or used) that meet with our high playability standards. The few exceptions to this will be notated specifically.

Return Policy: We now offer a 7-day return option on nearly all instruments (including consignments). We realize that buying used instruments sight unseen is a tricky endeavor -- so especially if you are a mail order customer, you can rest assured that if you don't fall in love with an instrument, you may return it for a refund (less shipping costs). Read more about our return policy here. We do our best to describe used instruments in detail so you can make an informed purchase. Don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions about any items listed on this page. Certain "as is" items may not be returnable; this will be stated in the description.

Availability: We try to keep this page updated as frequently as possible, but there can occasionally be a lag in removing a sold instrument from this page (sometimes, instruments on this page are also listed in our eBay store). We do encourage you to contact us in advance to check availability about items on this page. If you are a mail order customer, we can also provide a shipping quote when you contact us.

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Amplifiers & Electronics

Roland AC-60 -- $379.00
Acoustic guitar amplifier.
Crate CA-60 -- $219.00
Two channel acoustic amplifier.
SWR California Blonde II -- $600.00
Great performance amplifier.
SWR Strawberry Blonde II -- $499.99
Never actually purchased, but we've had it in our shop forever!
Traynor Tube Mate -- $99.99
Used amplifier perfect as a small practice amp.
Seymour Duncan Tara -- $400.00
Spectacular 2 channel acoustic amplifier with bass response like a subwoofer. Heavy, but incredible.

Autoharps

George Orthey "George's Choice" Autoharp -- $1,695.00
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15-chord, walnut & redwood, Orthey precision fine tuners. Soft case included. Barely used (near mint). New price is $2,215.
Oscar Schmidt / Sears 15 chord autoharp -- $239.00
Photos: photo 1
Chipboard case included.
Vintage Oscar Schmidt 12 chord autoharp-- $89.00
Photos: photo 1
Description coming soon!
Oscar Schmidt 15b -- $279.00
Photos: photo 1
Chip board case included.

Band Instruments

Yamaha YAS-23 Alto Saxophone -- $489.00
If new, $1800. Hard shell case included.
Yamaha YTR-2335 Trumpet -- $549.00
$1500 if new, case included.
Martin Freres Vintage Clarinet -- $40.00
Case included. As-is and needs repair.
Schreiber Clarinet -- $350.00
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Recent complete overhaul. Includes case.

We also have a wide selection of consigned violins ranging in price from $500.00 to $1500.00. Our violin repair person Tad Marks is an expert in refurbishing used violins. Come in and try them out! Violins page


Banjos 4-string | 5-string | 6-string / other | Banjo-ukuleles | Banjo-mandolins

4-string banjos

S.S. Stewart "Champion" Tenor -- $600.00
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17 frets, skin head, openback, friction tuners. Check case situation on the tag?
Orpheum Tenor Banjo-- $439.00
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Japanese-made (1970s or 80s). 19-fret, clear head, gold rim & tuners, resonator.
Ludwig Capitol Tenor Banjo -- $699.99
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19 frets, resonator, Remo head, friction tuners, hard case included (actually, double check that on the tag, would you?)
Vega Little Wonder 17-fret Tenor Banjo -- $849.00
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GDAE tuning. Set up with new tuners and bridge in our shop. Original hard case included.
Gold Tone "Cripple Creek" Irish Tenor Banjo -- $399.00
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Hard shell case included.

5-string banjos

Edward C. Dobson 5-string open back banjo -- $1,299.00
Cicra 1880-1890. Edward Dobson inscribed rim w original player's name.
Vegaphone Professional -- $1,475.00
1956 Tu-ba Phone tone ring. Hardshell case included.
Early John H. Buckbee Five String Banjo ca., 1880 - 1900 -- $625.00
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Authentic turn-of-the-century banjo, set up as originally made, with calfskin head and original type ebony friction pegs.
    Well-preserved historic example; initials J.H.B. stamped in neck near rim. Nicely carved one-piece V-shape cherry (?) neck, no added fretboard layer, with good frets, in perfect playing condition.
    Well-preserved "spun-over" wood/metal rim with good plating. Original L-shoes, all matching period hooks and nuts. Reproduction no-knot tailpiece.
    May be strung with metal or nylon strings. Professionally reconditioned, set up and guaranteed 90 days for structural integrity and playability by luthier/owner.
J.E. Brewster Grand Concert Fretless Banjo -- $1,100.00
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Made in London, ca. 1890's. 12.5" metal pot, newer Remo head, nylon strings. Intricate silver inlay on fretboard. Abalone fret dots on side of fingerboard. Bone cross-shaped friction tuning pegs. Dowel stick reads "Grand Concert 372 J.E. Brewster's." Read more about John Edward Brewster here: http://www.whitetreeaz.com/vintage/brit1.htm

6-string / other banjos


Banjo-Ukuleles

Rex Professional Banjo-Ukulele by Gretsch, ca. 1930 -- $325.00
Beautifully preserved wood frame banjo-uke, with inset head and enclosed back with f-holes. Possibly Koa wood, or walnut, with striking black / white binding and f-holes in back. "Rex" decal on headstock. Soprano scale. A common design of the era, used by numerous companies, but few are this attractive. Nice original varnish finish. Three original plastic tuning pegs with one matching ebony replacement. Possibly the original skin head. A sweet, clear-voiced instrument in fine condition. 60-day guarantee from luthier-owner for structural integrity and playability. Sold cosmetically as-is.
Vintage Banjo-ukulele -- $200.00
Description coming soon!
Banner Blue Banjo-Ukulele -- $425.00
Made by Wm. Lange, ca 1925. Little but powerful banjo-uke with Banner Blue decal on headstock, which was a brand of prolific banjo-maker Wm. Lange. High quality, sturdy construction and hardware - notice the weight! 12 hex shoes and flathooks, good friction tuners, all original. In excellent condition. Professionally refurbished - cleaned, polished, newly mounted hide head, set-up. Solid repair to neck / headstock will NOT come apart, guaranteed! Guaranteed for structural integrity and playability 90 days by luthier owner. A gem.
May Bell Banjo-Ukulele by Slingerland, Chicago, ca 1925 -- $525.00
Great little concert scale banjo uke with enclosed back, stampled SLINGERLAND and MAY BELL on strut inside rim. Model 23, featuring 3-piece neck with veneered, capped heel; high quality 6-7/8" maple rim with bird's eye veneer, 12 flat hooks and L-shoes. Full thickness 15-fret fretboard with pearl diamond position markers and star on headstock. High quality skin head, probably original, with new old-fashioned bridge. Excellent condition - no major repairs or issues; very little wear; all-original high quality hardware, plating like new. Professionally reconditioned, set-up with Aquila bio-nylon strings. Note : Concert scale neck on small pot places bridge close to the tailpiece. Guaranteed 90 days by luthier-owner for structural integrity and playability. Original sturdy chipboard case, repaired, fits 8" rim. Big sound from a little uke around 90 years old!
U-King Banjo-Ukulele - circa 1940-50? -- $295.00
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Well-made metal-rim banjo-uke, with 7-inch rim, resonator, and natural skin head. Original copper paint finish in great shape with minor touch-ups on pot. Back of neck has been repainted. Tailpiece stamped U-KING. Neck plays perfectly. A neat looking and good sounding instrument. Versions of this design were also sold under the Maxitone label and various other names. Reconditioned, set up and guaranteed for structural soundness and playability 90 days by luthier-owner. no case

We also now carry a number of NEW banjo-ukuleles by makers such as Flea, Goldtone and Luna!

Banjo-Mandolins

Banjo-Mandolin ca., 1920 -- $329.00
5 1/2" pot.
Banjo-mandolin ~ unlabeled, ca. 1925-30-- $365.00
Unidentified vintage banjo-mandolin in good condition. Basic, sturdy, compact design 10" maple rim, 18 L-shoes, round hooks, matching original nuts, unplated brass tension hoop. Serviceable tuners. Nice headstock inlay. Thoroughly reconditioned and upgraded with "fiberskyn" mylar head and compensated bridge. Neck has been re-fitted, fingerboard extension reinforced. Set up with light guage bronze-wound strings. 60-day guarantee from luthier-owner for structural integrity and playability. A good, no frills starter instrument w. character.

Bass

Ibanez EDA 900 Bass -- $269.00
Gig bag included!
Epiphone Jack Casady Signature Bass-- $500.00
With hard shell case included.

Drums & Percussion

Tomback -- $195.00
Wood, stave-built and turned by John Miller.
Atsimevu -- $200.00
Ghana, barrel-shaped drum. 40" tall. 9" head.
Sogo drum -- $150.00
Natural skin head, barrel frame. 10" head.
Valje Conga -- $325.00
Single conga.
Sabara -- $125.00
Senegalese.
Kenkene (small djun djun) -- $200.00
From Ghana ca. 1998.
12" Djun Djun -- $250.00
Tycoon sangha.
Meinl 20th Anniversary Conga -- $399.00
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Wood shell with red finish, 10" head, basket stand & case included.
Chinese Imperial Drum -- $2000.00
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With stand and mallet.

Guitars Classical / Nylon String | Steel String | Other (for banjitars and six-string banjos, click here!)

Classical / Nylon String Guitars

Paulino Bernabe -- $6,800.00
Classical Guitar "Especial" 2001. #15!

Steel String Guitars

Gibson ES339 Electric Guitar -- $1,700.00
Hard shell case included. 2007 Tangerine burst. S7 Classic pickups. List $2,939 - made in Memphis, TN.
Taylor GS Series -- $1,349.00
Indian rosewood back and sides. Sitka spruce top.
Recording King RM 998-D Resonator Guitar -- $629.00
Regular neck. Regular list $999.99, this one slightly used. Gig bag included.
Ovation Celebrity CC65-12 -- $350.00
Acoustic-electric 12-string with hard shell case. Circa 1985.
Gibson Robert Johnson L-1 Guitar-- $1,995.00
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Built in 2011, no longer in production. Case included.

Other Guitars


Hammered Dulcimers

Rizetta Hammered Dulcimer -- $1,900.00
Case included!
Dusty Strings D-10 -- $500.00
Case and accessories included!
Folkcraft 14/13 -- $449.00
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Description coming soon!
Masterworks Chromatic 15/16 -- $1,150.00
Photos: photo 1
Description coming soon!
Folkcraft Legend 15/16 -- $1,250.00
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Mahogany and walnut - like new w. stand and case.
Dusty Strings D600N -- $2,499.00
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With case, legs, tri-stander and music stand.
Folkcraft Legend 16/15 -- $949.00
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Mahogany and walnut - like new w. stand and case.
Rizetta-design Chromatic dulcimer -- $650.00
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Built by a Sam Rizetta apprentice with Rizetta's design. 12/11 with additional high chromatics. No case or tuning wrench included.

Harps

Folkcraft Highland Harp -- $400.00
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27 strings, C & F sharping levers. Recently restrung.
Gustavo Arias APYH-28 Peruvian Harp -- $1,100.00
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26 strings, full sharping levers. Comes with case and leather strap.
Harp is not free-standing (must rest on its back when not being played).
New cost $1,600 + shipping.
1920's Clark Irish 31 Strings -- $3,700.00
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In excellent condition, one of the best we've ever seen. Full blade levers. Original stand with attaching hardware including, also in excellent condition.
Folkcraft Highland "Senior" Harp -- $599.00
27-string harp w. stand and tuning wrench.
Dusty Strings Ravenna 34 -- $1,599.00
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34 strings, C & F sharping levers. Drop-down leg and soft case included.
Clarsach harp -- $400.00
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Wire-strung, 24 strings, unknown maker. Tuning wrench & extra strings included.

Lap Dulcimers

Jeffrey Johnson Lap Dulcimer -- $150.00
Made in 1993!
June Apple Scheitholt -- $245.00
Description coming soon!

 


Mandolins & related (octave mandolins, mandolas, bouzoukis, etc.) Click here for "Banjo-mandolins".

Silvertone Mandolin -- $549.00
All-solid, 1940's or 50's, full reconditioned!
Davy Stuart LT-8 Custom All-Solid Mandolin -- $1,100.00
All-solid. Hard shell case included.
1916 Gibson F2 -- $4,800.00
W. Hard shell case.
Regal Mandolin -- $300.00
Comes with original case!
Bowl-back Mandolin by Vega -- $850.00
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Boston, Mass. 1913 - serial number 30128. Gorgeous American-made instrument for the classical player. Back is rosewood ribs, spruce soundboard and mahogany neck with pearl dot inlays in ebony fretboard. Perfect shell inlay in tortoise pickguard, abolone rosette and engraved tailpiece. 13" scale, 1-1/8" nut width. Completely original, in a nearly flawless state of preservation at nearly 100 years old! Shows little evidence of use. Excellent action, set up with Martin light guage strings. Another exceptional example by this famed company, just a step in ornamentation also being offered at this time.60-day guarantee from luthier-owner for structural integrity and playability.
Gibson A-4 -- $2,000.00
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Replaced bridge, pick guard and tuners. With case.
Gibson "A" Mandolin, 1918 -- $1,590.00
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Serial number 40742. Natural top, simple "A" model with an excellent sound and great playability. Fully repaired, reconditioned, good looking and completely sound structurally. One top crack on treble side and several small holes from ill-advised pickguard installation fully repaired, mostly hidden by pickguard and nearly invisible. A fine specimen. Bridge and pickguard are authentic Gibson from other mandolins of the period, with modern clamp. Tuners and tailpiece are high quality reproductions of the missing originals. 90-day guarantee from luthier-owner for structural integrity and playability. Sold cosmetically as-is with nearly-new hardshell case.
Osborne Bowlback Mandolin -- $349.00
Description coming soon!
Bowl-back Mandolin, no label -- $340.00
American, maker unknown, ca 1925 - Attractice middle grade mandolin, solidly built and crack-free after about 90 years. Has been extensively reconditioned and upgraded with new rosewood fretboard, bone nut, ebony bridge, inlaid ebony pickguard (original was missing). Compensated bridge saddle for improved intonation. Nice, full tone. Completely refinished in lacquer (original varnish was beyond saving). Pretty rips of alternating woods - perfect for Renaissance re-enactment. Profesionally setup. 90-day guarantee from luthier-owner for structural integrity and playability. Sold cosmetically as-is.
Weymann Mando-lute -- $499.00
With hardshell case.
Bowl-back Mandolin -- $425.00
From the shop of A. Galiano.
"Supertone" labeled bowl-back Mandolin -- $1,250.00
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By Washburn, ca. 1910. This beautiful instrument carries a Supertone label, a Sears brand. Sears contracted with various manufacturers to supply instruments. The design elements clearly reveal that it is made by Washburn, one of the pre-eminent American firms of the period. Exceptional back of 44 extraordinarily narrow rosewood ribs; mahogany neck, fine spruce top and skirt all fully bound in white; extravagantly pearl-inlaid tortoise pickguard, fingerboard, top purfling and rosette; engraved tailpiece and tuner cover plate - all in superb condition - make for a stunning appearance as well as wonderful tone. 12 - 7/8" scale, 1 3/32" nut width. One fine crack in bowl and small section of body binding and shell purfling repaired - good luck finding them! All original, perfect action, beautifully preserved in near-mind condition at around 100 years old! Guaranteed 60 days from luthier-owner. Includes rare orginal hard case, refurbished.
CF Martin Bowlback Mandolin -- $699.00
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circa 1908.

Ukuleles (for "Banjo-ukuleles" check out the click HERE!)

Martin Mahogany Ukulele -- $795.00
Style "0" soprano ca. 1932 - 34.
Baritone Ukulele, ca. 1955 -- $450.00
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Unmarked, high-quality instrument, very possibly Vega, but I cannot ascertain it with certainty. Appears to be indentical in every detail to Vega's Arthur Godfrey model. All mahogany body with rosewood fretboard and bridge. All solid woods; materials and construction superior to Harmony baritone ukes. Excellent condition. No damage, repairs, no issues, plays great! Original friction tuning pegs. Currently strung for low bottom string. COmes with nearly new, high quality hardshell case - a perfect fit and barely used - a $60 - $80 value. Ask to see it. Professionally set up and guaranteed 60 days for structural integrity and playability by luthier-owner. Sold cosmetically "as-is".
Harmony Soprano Ukulele w/Tropical Stencil Art -- $150.00
Photos: photo 1
Fine, collectable example of this charming, post-war commercial design. Stencil art with canoe & palm trees stencil art evokes the pleasures of summer relaxation. No decal or label. Solid woods (probably beech) with plastic fingerboard w/integrated frets and nut/string guide. New gig bag included.
-Harmony Soprano Ukulele w/Tropical Stencil Art -- $140.00
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Fine, collectable example of this charming, post-war commercial design. Stencil art with canoe & palm trees stencil art evokes the pleasures of summer relaxation. No decal or label. Solid woods (probably beech) with plastic fingerboard w/integrated frets and nut/string guide. (Original nut has been replaced). Exceptional condition, with one mismatched tuner knob (replacements occassionally become available) - one seam reglued - no touch-up work done. A great find for the uke collector! Sold cosmetically as-is.
Harmony Baritone Ukulele -- $270.00
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w. original chipboard case.
Wendell Hall "Redhead" Soprano Ukulele -- $275.00
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W. original canvas bag.
Harmony Soprano Ukulele w/Tropical Stencil Art -- $160.00
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Fine, collectable example of this charming, post-war (1950-60) commercial design. Deep blue with canoe & palm trees stencil art in white evokes the pleasures of summer relaxation. Harmony decal on headstock. Solid woods (probably beech) with plastic fingerboard w/integrated frets and nut/string guide. Excellent condition. No major repairs or structural issues. A few back seams may have been previously reglued. Minor touch-ups to white "binding" paint. 60-day structural guarantee from luthier-owner. With soft case.
Harmony Soprano Ukulele w/Tropical Stencil Art -- $225.00
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Fine, collectable example of this charming, post-war (1945-50) commercial design. Green with canoe & palm trees stencil art in white evokes the pleasures of summer relaxation. Solid hardwoods (probably beech) including fingerboard with brass frets and wooden friction pegs. 60-day structural guarantee from luthier-owner. With chipboard case.
Gretsch Soprano Ukulele ca. 1920 -- $495.00
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Early and rare! Very high quality, solid mahogany uke with rosewood fingerboard, pearl position markers. Block Gretsch logo on back of headstock may pre-date the "Gretsch American" logo embossed on ukes of the late 20s & 30s, let alone the gold circle decal of the 50s. Superior to their later ukes, with kerf linings (later omitted), better bracing & fine bindings. Comparable to Martin ukes of the era, with the same rare tuning pegs Martin used. All original, excellent condition and fine, clear tone. Older repairs to back and lower bass side rib with filler are proper, strong and stable. Professionally reconditioned and set-up.
60-day guarantee on structural integrity from luthier-owner. New hardshell case included.

Violins

We have a wide selection of consigned violins ranging in price from $500.00 to $1500.00. Our violin repair person Tad Marks is an expert in refurbishing used violins. Come in and try them out! Violins page

Cellos


Chinese Instruments

4-string Amoy Pipa with case (photo) -- $300.00
Sold As-Is -- No Returns

18-string (metal string) Zheng with case -- $1000.00
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Sold As-Is -- No Returns

21-string Zheng with case -- $2000.00
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Sold As-Is -- No Returns

16-string Chinese zither with case -- $300.00
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Sold As-Is -- No Returns

Call or e-mail us for more information on these consignment sales!


Miscellaneous Instruments

Syrian / Turkish Egyptian-style Oud -- $485.00
Appraise by Raci in NYC for $580). Top crack is noted and stable, included case and plectrum.
Moroccan Giumbri -- $200.00
"Soapback bass" played in the Gnawha tradition of Essonra, Marakech, Morocco. Camel skin head. Case included.
Estrella - Aywestra Dresco Charango -- $450.00
If new, $700 - this one's in mint condition with a humidifier and spare strings and hard shell case included.
Hugh Tracy Treble Kalimba -- $60.00
Regularly $129.
Kenyan Kalimba -- $47.00
Description coming soon!
Bass Mbira -- $74.00
Traditional African Mbira!
Senegal Kora -- $379.00
Regularly $499.
Senegalese Kora-- $899.00
Large body.
Dunbar P1 Bagpipes -- $600.00
With books and case and 2 chanters.
Persian Santur -- $200.00
Hard shell case and hammers included.
Archie Smith Psaltery -- $395.00
Comes with bow, string, dark rosin, tuning wrench and... Love? Curly African Mahogany top, walnut back and sides.
Roosebeck Rebec -- $379.00
Hard case included.
Kemence - 3 string bowed fiddle -- $175.00
Includes case, bow and rosin.

Chinese Moon Lute -- $250.00
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Includes hard shell case.


Indian Instruments

Indian Large Male Tampura -- $599.00
Hard shell case.
Veena -- $1,900.00
With MECHANICAL TUNERS! Original ivory inlay, gig bag.
Banjira Yoga Harmonium -- $399.00
Description coming soon!
Radha Krishna Sitar -- $959.00
"103 Professional" w. double toomba, instructional booklet, mizrabs and gig bag included.
Hiren Roy & Sons Sitar -- $2,600.00
Single owner, beautiful pro-level sitar. circa 1983 with hard shell case and second gourd.
Tanpura -- $400.00
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No description.
Sarod -- $1100.00
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Made in India, by Oriental Musikcraft of Germany. Professional quality, nice hardshell case included. If new, $1775.
Indian Serengi with case and bow -- $500.00
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Sold As-Is -- No Returns
Call or e-mail us for more information on these consignment sales!


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