For the most part, a reproduction mechanical music machine is NOT an investment. Do not be lulled into complacency by a cheap price. Very few reproductions go up in value or hold their value. Also you have to be very careful in your research of such instruments. Many reproductions are built poorly. They simply are not up to the quality of the original instruments. Beware of instruments that are heavily converted from their state. In the past a many player pianos were converted into “O” roll orchestrions. For the most part the conversions are poorly done. All that being said, there are some superb reproductions being made by qualified builders. The quality is reflected in the price. If you have a question about a particular instrument, send me an e-mail for my opinion. It may save you money, time, and effort.