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Hi all, my old Music School at the University of Western Australia is looking to sell an original Panormo guitar from 1816 that is currently being restored by Ian Watchorn in Melbourne. Does anyone know anything about valuing these instruments, or could recommend who to contact, or would anyone be interested in making an offer?
They are worth what someone is willing to pay. But generally speaking and depending on the condition, prices are comparable to the cost of a good modern instrument or reproduction and up. More if the providence of the instrument can be varified.
IMO original Luis Panormo guitars are largely overpriced for a number of reasons, not the least of which, there are still a good number out there to be had. Also, most began life as shop instruments, quickly built with little attention to detail, to fill the growing demand by the amature public for the new "Spanish" guitar.
Ian Watchorn should be able to give you an estimate when he is finished with the restoration. After that, take some very good and detailed photos and post them on appropriate websites (like here!) and you will get offers. Otherwise, you could sell through an auction house or dealer. Original Panormos do come up regularly and many of them are very good in my opinion, and highly valued especially by modern classical guitar players, because these instruments are relatively similar to modern guitars. They sell for between ca. 2.000 and 8.000 euros depending on the condition, quality and sound. If you need more info please email me privately or send me a private message.
Jelma van Amersfoort