Thomson Roddick Callan

Music, Vinyl & Instruments

Here at the Music, Vinyl and Instruments department we are busy researching and cataloguing for our upcoming auctions. We provide insurance, probate or inheritance tax and other types of valuations of music, vinyl and instruments in collections throughout Scotland and the North of England.

If you have a collection or item that you wish to learn more about, to have identified and valued, or expertly catalogued and presented for auction, then contact our specialist to receive free, no-obligation, professional advice.

The music, vinyl and instruments auctions are held four times a year at our Carlisle auction room and broadcast worldwide online to an international market. The department record for a single lot is the £16,000 achieved on the 20th February 2020 for a violin by Laurentius Storioni. 

£3,200 for a Bluthner Model C grand piano, in April 2014;
£2,300 for a Wheatstone accordion in September 2015;
£2,200 for Bagpipes by H Starck in October 2020;
£1,700 for a Smillie of Glasgow Violin in March 2016;
 for The Beatles Please Please Me album, first pressing 1963, in January 2018;
£700 for a Lachenal & Co concertina in December 2019;
 for The Beatles "Second Album" in December 2020;
£480 for an Italian Guerrini Oxford 3 accordion August 2020;
£380 for a Fender Stratocaster California Series Guitar in September 2019;
£350 for an Amaryllis Bread Love and Dreams LP in December 2020;
£350 for a David Bowie Space Oddity demo in December 2020;
£260 for The First Lame Bunny Album - Cambridge Folk Private Press 1973, in February 2019.

You may have heard of Thomson Roddick from advertisements in publications including the Antiques Trade Gazette, The Scotsman or Scottish Field. If you are social media inclined, and don’t follow us yet, then we are on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook: you can find our social media icons in the footer of the website to start following us. Perhaps you have seen a member of our team on tv recently? We feature regularly on Bargain Hunt, Antiques Road Trip, Dickinson’s Real Deal, Cash in the Attic and the much missed Flog It, or you may have met one of our valuers presenting a talk on antiques to your local group. Tune in to our new television series, The Edinburgh Auction House, following the Scottish team as they travel around the country searching for exciting lots to sell.  Starting at 9pm on 10th January 2023 on the Really channel, it's sure to be a great watch!

We like jargon, and if you do too, here are some examples that you may find in one of our music auction catalogues: 
Violin     Bow     Trumpet     Concertina     Squeeze Box     Accordian     Piano     Saxophone     Bugle     Zither     Harp     Bassoon     Mandolin     LP     Vinyl     Record     Turntable     The Beatles     Rock     Pop     Classical     ACDC     Led Zeppelin     Guitar

David Williamson is the Head of Department and is always happy to conduct free no-obligation valuations, whether in person at the auction room, over email, or in the comfort of your own home. David can be contacted by telephone on 01228 535 288 (Carlisle) and 0131 440 2448 (Edinburgh) or by email or