Our regular auctions of musical instruments and equipment have developed a keen following both locally and online. It’s helped us establish some record prices including a proud moment when we sold a limited edition ‘JS Berlin Legend’ Patrick Eggle electric guitar. It was made for the Irish blues and rock legend Rory Gallagher which helped it to sell for £29,500, including buyer’s premium. We have also sold guitars for more modest prices such as a left-handed Rickenbacker 4001 Bass guitar in a fitted case which made £1,400.

The auctions always include a large selection of violins, accordions, pianos and keyboards alongside less well-known instruments such as phono fiddles. Examples of items sold recently include a hammer price of £1250 for a vintage Fantina Sonatina piano accordion in a fitted case, £550 for a Jones Concertina and £180 for a traditional violin, bow and case, labelled John G Murdoch. We also sold a set of Northumbria small pipes for £300 and a Zimmerman baby grand piano made £400, evidence of the breadth of instruments we see and sell.

And no music sale is complete without a good selection of speakers, amps, microphones, gramophones and stereo equipment. We sold an HMV 102 gramophone with instruction book and songster needles for a respectable £210 and a selection of vintage radio/amplifier valves for £90. And given the popularity of vinyl, it’s no surprise to see turntables doing well at auction like a vintage Linn Sondek LP12 turntable which made £440.

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Meet the expert

Kev Kendal

Saleroom Co-ordinator. FIA (Scot)

Kev welcomes submissions of musical instruments and heads up our specialist auctions of music, memorabilia and vinyl. He’s also a very capable generalist valuer.


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Recent Highlights

Lot 1125- A traditional violin and bow, unlabeled – £440
Lot 1107- A Flyde acoustic guitar, left handed, number 698, with hard case – £750
Lot 1145- A concertina, by Lachenal, in fitted mahogany case – £850
Lot 1157- A rosewood framed Bechstein 6’8″ grand piano, model V, serial number 57868, circa 1901 having an octagonal legs and fretwork music stand – £900

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School boy hopes to record a profit selling at auction

A 12-year-old is hoping his latest business venture will prove to be record-breaking when two lots of vinyl go under the hammer on Monday 23 October at 1818 Auctioneers on the Cumbria, Lancashire border. The two collections of around 50 records, include albums and 7 inch singles by Madonna. Each is expected to fetch £125. … Continued