As 2016 comes to a close, it is nice to reflect on another great year of fun, and success in the mechanical musical instrument world. In the past we have predicted the sales of better quality Mills Violanos and high end instruments would be steady and the prices would reflect the true value of these investments. This prediction has come true again. We still believe quality mechanical music items will continue to appreciate at a steady pace in 2017, as they have done for a decade.
We currently have five Mills single violanos available for purchase. And a nice selection of better quality mechanical music items as well. A few are from estates and represent an unusual opportunity to buy a nicely restored Violano with a Mills digital player system already installed at a reasonable price.
The Haughawout restoration shop continues to be busy and still has a backlog of work. If you don't want to wait on a Mills Violano to be restored, consider one of the instruments we are currently offering for sale. Overall, sales during 2016 for Mills Violanos has been strong.
We recently helped with the sale of several mechanical musical instruments at the Morphy Auction in Las Vegas. The very large and beautiful Gaudin Organ sold to a prominent private collection. It commanded a world record price which exceeded ONE MILLION DOLLARS! In addition a few other items were also sold, so overall the auction was successful for both the seller and the buyers.
Recently we noticed that a peddler has just updated his sale page and his latest contribution to the hobby is bashing sales of musical instruments through the auction process. Not surprising, we suspect the real problem is they can't figure out how to cut a profit for themselves from the auction house! Oh well, they know what their service is worth.
As to auctions in general, we have helped with several very large auction sales over the last few years. I can attest that all the sales Mills Novelty has consulted for are full public auctions by large auction houses. The items are all really for sale! We prefer private placement when possible, matching the buyer, seller, and music machine. But public auctions provide access to many potential buyers all over the world. These buyers are often looking for rare and exceptional investment grade mechanical musical instruments.
As with any purchase, knowledge of the item and full inspection of condition by the buyer prior to commitment is always the best advise for a successful investment. At Mills Novelty Company we do not try to convince people that we know everything about everything! We are happy to share our opinion if ask, to the best of our knowledge, about items we represent. We do not offer opinions for items we have never even seen. You can make your own mind up if that item is right for you.
We wish our friends, old and new, a Safe and Happy Holiday Season. From all of us here at Mills Novelty Company and Haughawout Music we hope your family has a prosperous and wonderful 2017 New Year...
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The Mills Violano Virtuoso is an amazing mechanical music machine manufactured by Mills Novelty Company from 1907 to 1930. If you are new to the Violano, you can find history, facts and pictures related to the Violano manufacture, direct from our archives.
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