Don't Pay Too Much for a Reed Organ
Currently, there's no market for antique reed organs. True, this may change in the
next couple of years, but right now they're not selling for very much. If you do a search for reed organs on
either Google or Craigslist you'll quickly see what I mean.
The average reed organ is selling for around $200 to $300 - if that. However, you'll also notice that some
sellers are asking all kinds of prices. This is because they either have little or no knowledge of the pump organ
they’re trying to take someone for a simpleton.
Don't laugh! Some people who also have no knowledge of the pump organ market do pay these inflated prices
because they have more money than they have market awareness.
Please note: If you're searching on eBay for an organ, be sure and check the number of bids the seller has
received to date - in most cases it's zero. This will almost always tell you where the market is and you can bet
all your pump organ music, if you're lucky enough have any, it's not going to be in the thousands of dollars.
However, there can be one or two exceptions. If, by chance, you should be lucky enough to run across the pump
organ that was once owned by the Lincoln family while they were in the White House (and by the way they had one
that Mrs. Mary Todd Lincoln routinely played) well, naturally, that's a completely different story. But you had
better have it verified, confirmed, and documented a least a couple of times.