Alan, I purchased it from a Wisconsin church. The person in charge of the sale said it was part of an estate that was donated to the church. It was also on eBay at the same time. He did not have any knowledge of what the value was and I made an offer. I paid $280.00 for the Solist. I asked if there were any other Melodicas and they told me that they only had a lot of religious sheet music and records. At the time I thought I may have paid to much but when I got it I was happy I was able to get it for what I had paid.