Focusing on vintage drums, saxes, trumpets, and trombones....the instruments are disassembled, cleaned, repaired, reassembled, and regulated to be put back into good playing condition. Some work is done in-house, and some is done by other professional instrument tech and repair people in the Portland and SF Bay Areas. We are fortunate to have a lot of very talented and experienced repair folks in the West. All instruments are play-tested by pro musicians before being listed.
Besides the instruments listed as for sale....we also have a stock of horns and drums “in the pipe”, as they say. Not yet worked up, but scheduled to be in the next 6 months or so. So, if you cannot quite find what you are looking for in the listings, visit the “on the wall” and “on the bench” listings to see what’s coming up.
We also offer professional custom work on building, altering, and renovating vintage drums. Re-wraps, recutting of bearing edges, or providing single drums to match your existing kit. We also build custom drums and kits using Keller Maple, Mahogany, or Birch shells.
For those in the market for a nice, solid ol’ vintage musical instrument...up until now your choices were either eBay or Craigslist...the former being limited by the fact that you are always taking a chance on the actual condition and playability of the instrument...the latter being limited by the fact that there is only so much available locally.
The other possible option was to just buy online from a vintage online dealer offering grossly inflated prices, or one who fails to give a very honest representation of the condition of the instrument. Our purpose here is to fill that middle-ground, and make available good instruments in good shape for a reasonable price. Because, of course, not everyone can afford a $4000 sax, a $2500 drum kit, a $1000 trumpet, or a $2000 cymbal (nor should you have to). 2nd Ending offers instruments.... for the rest of us. Music for the Proletariat.....so to speak (?!)
Because you don’t need a lotta money to get set up with a reliable axe. Furthermore, as our title says..... "they really DON’T make ‘em like they used to." The advent of the internet has given these old classics the exposure and interest they deserve.
Feel free to browse our site. Questions and inquiries are gladly answered.