I started collecting these composer busts for my son, Riley.
Riley is a cellist, and plays 6 or 7 other instruments, so I thought this would be a great collection for him. I thought it was kind of funny when I saw an article in Country Living on collecting them. That totally legitimizes the collection! I also pick up any old music books whenever I find them.
Mass-produced by a handful of outfits during the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s, these diminutive statuettes served as popular gifts from piano teacher to student. They are so easy to find at thrift stores, especially. I have also found them at the flea market, and are never more than $2 each! It is a great, easy, and cheap collection for any musician. I really like that they are all different, too. It is much more interesting than having all of them match!