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Thread #85248   Message #1579820
Posted By: Nathan in Texas
09-Oct-05 - 10:05 PM
Thread Name: $$ for Vintage Autoharp?
Subject: RE: $$ for Vintage Autoharp?
Its value, in part, depends on where it was made. The U.S. made ones are generally considered superior to those made overseas. Oscar Schmidts were made in U.S. until the late 70s when they were manufactured in Japan for a few years and in Korea since then.

For a U.S. made model, I'd start the bidding at $100, especially since you have a new set of strings (they go for $40 and up these days). If not U.S. made, I'd still start the bidding at $60 or $70, even with a few springs missing. Anyone who gets an autoharp in decent shape for less than $100 has gotten a bargain.