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  1. I appreciate all of the helpful and honest feedback, which is exactly what I was seeking. I had shared my background just to give my reasons for considering this purchase and how the instrument would fit in my life and musical endeavors. Having no experience, I just had no idea whether this is a great bargain or a huge blunder.
  2. I appreciate all of the feedback! I’ve uploaded additional photos. The inside is full of cleats - I could not get good photos. Knowing that it’s largely unknown, how do you feel about $17,000 for a sweet sounding yet completely unknown commodity that might be old? I guess that sort of like asking what you’d pay for an unknown painting by an unknown artist - who knows!!? I just have no idea where $17k is in the spectrum. My college cello (Yanxin Chen) was $6,500. I feel like there are lots of other options in that price range, perhaps not as old, if indeed it is old, but of a better quality instrument than I have currently.
  3. Yes, he must have seen my other post on Facebook in International Cello Society group. Small world!
  4. I’d appreciate any insight you can lend about this instrument. I’m a lawyer but have a performance degree from Cleveland State and play with the Johnstown Symphony, which is a small orchestra with a $500k budget. I’m sure I’ll continue to play throughout my career, and am now on the board of trustees and players committee. I share that background because it relates to my perspective. My high school teacher (cello professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania) is selling this instrument for $17,000. I was her last student and we have a “Tuesdays with Morrie” type of mentor relationship. She bought it in 1979 from a dealer in Cleveland, but has no papers. She thinks it was played in The Cleveland Orchestra. I’ve contacted Donald Rosenberg (former music critic of The Cleveland Orchestra) and the current TCO archivist, neither of whom recognized it. There has been a photo posted of it in their hall for some time, with no luck. The only label inside is from a 1979 restoration by Kolstein & Sons in NY. It was restored by Fred Oster’s shop in Philadelphia last summer, which believes it to be at least as old as the 18th century. My former teacher from The Cleveland Orchestra was complimentary of its sound and said it is every bit as good as his backup (to his regular Forster instrument) that he plays on tour. I contacted a well known appraiser in Philadelphia who isn’t interested in appraising it and did not like the instrument, and had no idea where it was made and suggested that any value is speculative. He also does not believe it was ever played in The Cleveland Orchestra, at least under Szell. Terry Carlin in Cleveland said that it has had a lot of work (more than average for its age, which is unknown) but that the work was done well. It is 28.5”/73cm long. 13”/32cm wide (point to point) across the upper bout. 16”/41cm wide at the lower boot. I’d be grateful for any additional guidance you could lend, suggestions of an appraiser in the Pittsburgh/Cleveland/Philadelphia area. I’m willing to travel to learn more. Just at a loss as to what to do where the origin and value are so unknown. I feel like $17,000 may be a good price if all we know is that it is old. But it’s also tough to spend so much on such an unknown. Thanks very much. Brad Holuta IMG_0108.MOV