Buchner, Alexander, Mechanical Musical Instruments, BOOK, c.1950-60, London
Batchworth Press, Hard cover, with dust jacket, large format, 174 pages
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What Does "NEW" Mean
Alongside the cool vintage and antique instruments in the shop we have a healthy collection of carefully selected New instruments. When you see the “NEW” designation for an instrument – as opposed to a particular year — it means we purchased that instrument directly from the manufacturer. Of course, it might have a serial number from the previous year, or even before that. Also, an instrument can be here at the shop for a little while. We certainly don’t mind having an instrument with a little time under its belt!
We work with terrific instrument makers who do a wonderful job of setting up their instruments, but we check them out just to be sure. When a NEW instrument comes to the shop, we check to make sure that the setup is comfortable before it’s out for customers to see and try. We can also customize the setup to accommodate a customer’s preferences.
It is always possible that a NEW instrument will have some signs of human contact. In fact, it’s not uncommon for faint pick marks to be visible on a pickguard when it arrives at the shop after the final factory inspection. That tells us that someone at the factory actually checked it! We clean and polish every instrument we are shipping out. We don’t want you to have someone else’s fingerprints, but you might see the whorl from a polishing cloth on a shiny gloss surface, or faint pick lines on a pickguard. If you are looking for an instrument that has never left the box, let us know and we’ll see what we can do!