Whether you’re looking to buy or sell a vintage record player cabinet, a fundamental part of your research is cost.
I’ve got your back as today I’ll be answering the question: how much is an antique record player cabinet worth?
I’ll also be sharing a guide to help you determine the value of your unit as well as some important tips to maintain its condition.
Taking into account factors such as condition, demand, brand, model, and design, the average price range of an antique record player cabinet lies between $50 and $300. Some rare pieces can sell for thousands, but this doesn’t happen every day.
Let’s take a look at the factors affecting the value of a vintage record player cabinet:
First of all, the condition that the antique record player cabinet is in can heavily influence its value. Much like any machine or instrument, whether the record player in the cabinet works or not is extremely vital.
If the player is in working condition, it serves more than just something pretty to look at. If the player isn’t functioning, the cabinet has only its aesthetic appeal to offer.
Keep in mind that if a player is working but not properly, there’s a good chance it’ll damage your records when you play them. For a player to be in good condition, it should feature the following:
- A flat base.
- A freely-turning turntable.
- A freely-moving tonearm (no friction).
- Non-damaged cartridge and stylus.
The appearance of the antique record player cabinet is also a huge aspect that factors into its expected value.
If the item is free of scratches, stains, and so on, and looks generally nice, its significance as a decorative piece will automatically be higher than an antique cabinet in a bad shape. The same goes for its monetary value.
What’s more, the brand or manufacturer of the antique record player cabinet can affect its condition.
For example, if the brand or manufacturer is known for using high-quality materials and high-level craftsmanship, their product would be quite durable and is more likely to stay in good condition for a longer time.
One of the issues that owners of antique record player cabinets have to deal with is the sheer size of the item. Not only are they so large and take up a huge chunk of space, but they’re also a hassle to move.
As a result, not many people are able to buy an antique record player cabinet as they have no suitable place to keep it.
Not to mention, even fewer people are interested in such a specialized item. In most cases, they’re collectors.
The limited audience of antique record player cabinets hurts their value since it’s highly unlikely for buyers to “fight” over them. They end up being sold at a lower price.
Over the last several decades, various manufacturers have put out record player cabinets. But just like any industry, some brands are known for making superior products when it comes to quality, design, and functionality.
If the antique record player cabinet in question comes from one of those reputable brands, chances are it’ll cost a whole lot more than a run-of-the-mill brand.
Examples of brands offering high value include:
- Thorens Lin
- Micro Seiki
- Bang & Olufsen
The design of the antique record player cabinet can also help determine its worth.
Let’s say two antique record player cabinets are having the same condition but one is simple and plain while the other is fancy and full of intricate decorations
In this case, the latter unit would probably be priced at a higher value.
Last but not least, the specific model of the vintage record player cabinet can drastically affect its price.
Some models out there look very plain with little detailing on their exterior, but they go for much more than other highly decorative models.
Some cabinet models carry renowned record players that are highly prized. Examples include the Garrard 301/401 and the Linn Sondek LP12.
How Should You Maintain an Antique Record Player Cabinet?
Proper maintenance of an antique record player cabinet plays a key role in preserving and/or increasing its value. So, how should you take care of your unit?
Generally speaking, your maintenance routine when dealing with an antique record player cabinet should be much similar to your routine for upkeeping other pieces of furniture around your house.
This includes dusting the cabinet every 3 to 4 days as well as wiping it down every week or so with a clean, damp cloth.
You should be extra gentle with your antique cabinet though. Its body and components are likely to be in a very delicate condition (this is normal, and not necessarily a bad thing!), which means they’re very prone to breaking, splitting, or falling apart.
That said, there are some precautions you must keep in mind when cleaning and maintaining antique pieces such as record player cabinets. The following are some of the actions you should avoid:
- Don’t let too much water sit on antique’s cabinet wood as this can lead to serious damage.
Water damage includes staining of finishes, lifting of veneers, mold growth on the surface, and failure of glue joints. Additionally, it can cause deformation and splitting of wood fibers.
- Don’t use cleaning products with harsh chemicals in their ingredients.
For example, cleaning products featuring bleach, acids, or caustic compounds are no-nos. If you apply them to antique wood, guarantee it’s going to get permanently damaged with discoloration and/or structural disintegration.
- Don’t put your antique record player cabinet in a spot close to a window, especially if the window allows direct sunlight to fall on the wood. The sun’s rays can damage the sensitive wood, bringing down the item’s value.
- Don’t park the antique record player cabinet near or on top of a heater vent or a heater. The radiating heat can easily damage the exterior of the cabinet as well as its internal parts.