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How To Collect Antique Musical Instruments

December 26th, 2012 Collectibles

Do you consider yourself a music lover? Perhaps there's a particular instrument that you've always been fond of. Regardless, collecting musical instruments is a wonderful way to explore your passion and bring some unique and charming d├ęcor into your home. Although it sounds expensive, you may be surprised just how easy it may be to find reasonably priced instruments that look excellent in your home. If you're interested in starting a new hobby, this could be right up your alley. Not sure where to begin? Here's a quick primer on what you can collect and how to go about doing so.

First, decide what you'd like to collect. Are you interested in a particular family of instruments, such as woodwind or brass? Perhaps you have a specific one in mind. Either way, your local consignment store may have an instrument or two just waiting to be picked up. If you don't have any intention of playing them, look in your local paper about any broken instruments for sale - they can be found for a much lower price than others, and many still retain their visual appeal, even if they no longer work.

Depending on the instruments you purchase, you may run into a bit of trouble trying to put them up on display. If you have a fairly open space, you could try something unique and hang them from the ceiling - this works particularly well for brass instruments, which reflect light quite nicely. Otherwise, smaller ones can be placed on a display shelf - a row of trumpets lined up against the wall will probably turn a few heads when you have guests over!