posted on Nov, 29 2014 @ 09:24 PM
a reply to: Kangaruex4Ewe
The main problems with the words is that they are marketing terms, and what's vintage, rare, or antique to someone might be junk to the next
I use them occasionally when I list trumpets up for sale; the difference between me and the next guy is that if I say it's rare, then it probably is.
For example, I have a Getzen trumpet from before the fire at their factory - the trumpet is not listed in their catalogs, and did not have a broken
bell (most of the same models I saw from the same time period were in worse shape).
Same goes for vintage and antique: I have a vintage (1950s) student trumpet, and an antique (1930's) orchestra trumpet that was stamped USA, but I
suspect it actually was actually created in Europe, and assembled here. Or, it was what is known as a "stencil", where it was built elsewhere, and
then the logo was placed when it got here.
Now, this won't account for all instances, but sometimes, if there is a variation of said item you are looking for, then it is considered "rare"
(For example, look up the Wisconsin state quarter variations).
However, I do agree that the people should at least look up the definitions for the words they use in their postings; most throw it out there though
because human logic says "omg, it's rare, and old, therefore is it worth something".