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Paul Douglass

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I don't know where to put this but here is my dilemma. I had a visitor today, and he asked to see my shop and woodworking. I took him on a tour. During the process, I showed him my street organ, and he was really impressed with it. He took pictures and video of it playing. When he was leaving he asked what I would sell it for. I have no idea.... It has 7 rolls of music, a tuner, the pattern and also a pattern for a Busker, Universal and pattern for another organ that was not a John Smith pattern, on a cart I built and a monkey.... I don't want to make money really, and my time I guess is free. I just have no clue what to ask. Neither of my kids or other family members seem to want it. So....well I just have no idea. It pretty much sits now, I play it maybe 3 times a year. I think he is wanting to know for his brother, not himself. His brother is an organ fan. I would love to see it have a home with some on that appreciates such things... $500, $1000 less, more?? I would not take less than $500, I will give it to a friend first, whether he wants it or not...
 

Ryan Mooney

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I will give it to a friend first, whether he wants it or not...
:rofl: :rofl: I've done that..

I guess I'd poke around and see if I could figure out the going prices are. I'm guessing $2k or maybe a bit north of that would be a "fair" price based on a very cursory perusal. There's some "appreciates such things" deduction I could see throwing in.

Gussied up Topsy 3 design - $6k seems maybe a smidge high? - http://www.diabolus.org/workshop/street-organ/street-organ.htm
Call for prices - https://www.deleika.de/en/street-organs/music-strips.php
Also they sell used which might be closer: https://www.deleika.de/en/street-organs/used-street-organs.php
Various - http://www.melright.com/busker/adverts.htm - you can get historical snapshots of that site for some of the SOLD ones here: https://web.archive.org/web/2019*/http://www.melright.com/busker/adverts.htm
Many links http://mechanicalorganownerssociety.weebly.com/links.html
 

Paul Douglass

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Thanks, Ryan. I have poked around, and it seems that street organs in the US are, well are not a big item and even less so on the west coast as opposed to the east coast. So,,, I think it well boil down to what I am willing. and I do not know, "feel" what I think. It is sad to me that what I feel is my most awesome accomplishment, in the wood working world,,,, is probably, not worth much. Ahhh such is life.
 

Vaughn McMillan

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Don't sell yourself (or the organ) short. ;) You may feel your time is free, but your skills should always warrant a good price. Just off the top of my head, I'd think anything less than $1000 would be too little. (And double that amount might not be out of line.)
 

Ryan Mooney

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Well Paul, I think if you put the value in the journey there was a ton of worth in it :thumb:

I'd also add in the value the rest of us got from your journey :)

So I guess it depends on where you want to put the value proposition.
 

Mione Hill

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Know where you are coming from, I have been trying to sell my John Smith “Topsy lll “ for 3 years now. It is MIDI 100 pipes. It is too heavy for me to take out by myself as it is about 100 lbs. I have built a 31 note MIDI ( 43 lbs ) that I now use. It was on e-bay got 650 views but no serious inquires. It is also listed in the COAA journal “ Carousel Organ” for 1 year. I have about $800 - $900 is parts invested in it and can’t get any offers, I have been asking $3,900. No market for a handmade organ. My kids don’t want it so it has been sitting in my office doing nothing.
 

Tom Baugues

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Paul, these organs are so unique it makes them difficult to sell. I’ve found that those interested in street organs are one of two types. Those that want a professional built organ (usually from Germany) or those that want to build one for themselves.
I would like to think that your organ (and mine) is worth at least $1000.00 but finding someone willing to spend that is very difficult.


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