600 Pages of Walter Becker's Gear for Sale

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by OldFenderPlayer, Oct 10, 2019.

  1. If you haven't checked out the catalog of stuff for sale from Steely Dan's Walter Becker's estate, you are missing a real treat. Its online and nearly 600 pages (yes ... 600) of basses, bass amps (including an early 1970s SVT head), guitars, guitar amps, effects, studio equipment, etc. that are for sale. You can buy the catalog for $100 or download it for free. There is so much of it, its like walking into a high-end music store. Happy Bidding! ttps://juliensauctions.com/about-auction?id=296
  2. I wonder if Geddy will be biding on any of those early P basses.
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  3. bluesblaster


    Jan 2, 2008
    I got thru about 20 pages, I'm sure there is some cool stuff but I don't have time to peruse 600 pages
  4. I went to the website. Be aware that if you win a bid, you will have to pay an additional 25% of the purchase price "hammer" fee, plus another additional 3% random fee, plus taxes and shipping and insurance. I was looking at an INTERESTING Hahn Model 22 '51 Precision Bass (USA made) but all the fees and conditions scared me away.
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  5. I may go through the catalog (after I've left work, of course!) and count the number of electric basses that are listed. There are multiples of so many instruments, Precisions, Jazzes, Dan Armstrongs, Danelectros, Ampeg scrolls, and on and on. And they range is bidding range from $150 to $10,000+.
  6. I may bid on something that is rock-bottom price (like $200-$250) just to say I have something from him. Even with the fees and shipping, I may be in for less than $400.
  7. Admiral Thrawn

    Admiral Thrawn Trying to find the elusive Brown Note

    Jul 29, 2017
    I want one of the SVT heads, but that Hammer Fee is some serious bullsh*t.
  8. Tell me about it. That Hahn looked SWEET too.
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  9. Admiral Thrawn

    Admiral Thrawn Trying to find the elusive Brown Note

    Jul 29, 2017
    Yeah, but I really, and I mean REALLY want an early SVT. Having one from a member of Steely Dan would just make having the head that much cooler to me.

    It's like books--I collect rare books--and while I have two copies of Fight Club, the signed copy I just got is much cooler than my first copy (I bought it in high school; it's a first edition paperback) or my second copy (a gift), even though they're all the same book.

    I could get a current SVT or a used one from the 70s or 80s, and it'd sound like an SVT, but man, there's just something about owning "famous" gear.
  10. I get ya. I really wanted that Hahn '51 P-bass (Made in New York State). I'm sure Walter never played it, but he owned it. But there are also no warranties on any of the equipment. What if you buy it, pay the 28% fees, tax and shipping and there's a major problem with it? I don't think there is any recourse.
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  11. Admiral Thrawn

    Admiral Thrawn Trying to find the elusive Brown Note

    Jul 29, 2017

    While it'd be cool as all get out to score an original SVT on the cheap, I don't want to deal with the potential problems that come with that.

    Did Walter take care of his gear? I'm sure of it. Does that mean it's pristine and like new? Not at all. Just looking at the pics of the SVTs shows that they've seen some time on the road and with that, they probably have developed some problems and issues that could very well cost more than the winning bid price, the Hammer Fee, and shipping & insurance.

    It's cool the gear is being auctioned off, but man, seems like people who would actually use and appreciate the gear are getting raw dogged without any KY.
  12. I got your Hammer Fee right here.....
  13. Guitalia


    Jun 7, 2008
    Baltimore, MD
    Talking about famous gear reminds me of the day (in 1969) a high-school friend of mine decided to replace his two Dual Showman combos with Marshalls. He drove from New Haven to New York, went to Manny's, and came back with two used Marshall Major full stacks. The first stack had "JACK BRUCE" stenciled across the back of the cabs and heads. The second stack: "PETER PAUL AND MARY."
  14. hennessybass

    hennessybass Supporting Member

    Oct 11, 2008
    Bayou City
    Some nice looking basses in there.
  15. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    They just are passing the auctioneer's fee on to the buyer.
  16. I Worked for an auctioneer company years ago, I would bet money, between there “advertising fees, commission, Auction labor, buyer premiums, special fee’s, packing, shipping, etc” there auction company will make at least 60% of the sale gross as profits. It’s just how the game is played. It’s unfortunate for everyone involved accept the auction company. It’s a lucrative business if you have the stomach for it.

    There are some great pieces in the sale, but they will go for wartime prices in the end, that’s how it always works out.

    Trust me they are just taking the fee on both sides of the sale, that’s the game
  17. And my wife complains about the number of basses I have.....
  18. Eilif

    Eilif Grooving under the MDW runway.

    Oct 1, 2001
    Very cool catalog. The thumbnail view allowed me to quickly flip through it to the stuff that interested me.

    A few hightlights for basses. Some basses are scattered throughout, but...

    Most of the Fender basses start on page 220.
    Dan Armstrongs and other AMPEG basses start on 330
    Sadowsky's on 413
    NS, Musicamans and a few others of interest start at 499
    An unreal collection of pedals starts at 511

    I rather like the reclaimed Kelly Pine Telebass item #412

    Thanks for posting this!
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2019
  19. Raw N Low

    Raw N Low If I can't hear it, hopefully I'll feel it Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2009
    Denver, Colorado
    I wouldn't be surprised if a few reps from the big box stores show up to rebuff "premium inventory". 600 pages of stuff could probably warrant a curation at a museum.
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  20. CryingBass

    CryingBass Just a Fool Whose Intentions are Good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 8, 2016
    Buy anything there. Tell any onlooker of such gear that it used to be Walter’s. Done. And probably in a good way.
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