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Pricing Alphorns?

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06 Mar 2012 12:11 #552 by Susan Hurley-Glowa
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A hornist that I know is considering selling her set of two wooden, hand-made alphorns to me. She bought them some 20-30 years ago in Europe. I have played on them, and they are in excellent condition. I believe that they are pitched in F and they can be broken down into transportable lengths. I don't have the maker or model information right now but I am quite sure that they are Swiss. She would like for me to propose a price to her for them, but I am finding little information online about what they are worth. I have no idea whether there is a hot market for alphorns right now. These instruments are located many, many hours by car or plane from a major urban area so I can't easily take them to a shop to have them assessed.

Any ideas on where to find pricing information on these alphorns?I am not seeing used alphorns for sale online. I want to propose a fair price to her. (I'm not saying where they are in case somebody might try to snatch them from me!)
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26 Apr 2013 19:34 #715 by Timothy Dyess
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Has your friend sold her horns? I have a friend looking for one. I bought a used alphorn about 5 years ago and I think a used horn would be worth at least $2500. A new Stocker is $3000. A "real" Swiss alphorn is probably in G-flat, which is the traditional Swiss key. Most US players will be in F. Please have your friend contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if still interested in selling. Thanks so much.

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