Alderfer Auction - Musical Instruments

Musical Instruments

Interests in a music genre is as diverse as an individual’s personality. Whether your interest is classic rock or classical, jazz, blue grass or hip hop, the instruments that create the music are the same. In many collector categories, the demographics of buyers play a strong influence in collecting trends. We have found this to be minimized in each category of musical Instruments, as the instruments and the craftsmen that have created them, have become the collected.

Alderfer Auction frequently hosts auctions of musical instruments with a range from strings to percussion, wood winds, brass and electronics. Located just 30 miles south of the Martin guitar factory, Alderfer has established a reputation for record prices in sales for these fine works of art. Artist-signed guitars are the quest of many guitar collectors due to the added value and artistry of many famous makers such as Martin, Gibson and Fender. If Classical instruments are your interest, Alderfer also frequently finds quality violins, violas, cellos and harps.  If you beat to a different drum, no problem. Whether you are an accomplished drummer or a beginner, we frequently sell sets that will appeal to a variety of interests.


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Bach Strad Aida Trumpet


Sold for $7,400

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M. Campellone Guitar


Sold for $6,150

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Gibson L-4C Guitar


Sold for $3,700

Do you have musical instruments you want to sell? Consign with us today!

Contact a Specialist

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Mike Gribbin

Sales Associate | Vehicles & Musical Instruments Specialist

Mike Gribbin has worked in the auction industry since 2015. Mike has always had interest in items of years-gone-by and finds the auction life rewarding both in product and customer relationships. Mike received a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Cedarville University with a minor in Bible and has his Secondary Education Teaching Cert/graduate classes in English from Gwynedd Mercy University. In addition to spending time teaching overseas, he spent 6+ years in the high-end, collector-quality furniture market and another 6 years managing thrift stores for Liberty Ministries.

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Jake Jacobs

Musical Instruments Specialist

Jake Jacobs, a Montgomery County native, has always balanced a life of service with his love for music. After graduating from Cheltenham High School and the University of Miami, he served as a U.S. Army Veteran, serving as instructor for Military Police School in Georgia and Platoon Sergeant in Fort Davis, Panama Canal Zone. From 1975 - 2015, Jake was owner and operator of Troubadour Music Shops, his haven for sharing his passion for instruments, especially guitars and stringed instruments. Jake maintains a home repair shop in Lancaster County, and music continues to be a vibrant part of his life. He entertains at senior communities and remains a longtime supporter of Musicopia, a Philadelphia non-profit providing music education to underserved schools.