Report Best way to approach or run away from cello repairs in The Pegbox Posted April 5, 2008 Hello! I would say that the top would have to come off. A few of those have the potential for bass bar cracks. Yes, a can of worms. And a bad S.P. crack in the back is a deal breaker for me. Is this a job or a favor? A job? No. A favor? Let's see what we can do. In my opinion, you have to be enthusiastic about both cellos AND restoration to successfully restore a cello. You are clearly enthusiastic about cellos. If not so much about restoration, I would let it pass and maybe start on a smaller cello, like maybe a violin. Celli of a certain age tend to have all sorts of fancy, special, hidden problems not easily spied from without. If you are not excited about taking on a job, then that is a good sign that you shouldn't do it. If you are only nervous, then think a bit, have a drink or two, and either jump in or don't. From you past posts it is clear you could do this kind of repair. So drink up . Good luck.