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Any guideline for how much $$ to spend fixing an instrument?


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For a student instrument, what is a good way to determine how much money to spend repairing damage? For example say it's a student violin running $2500 new, it's a few years old and was purchased for $1200, damage was not apparent to the buyer. To get it properly repaired and able to play the estimate is $1000, so nearly as much as new violin with no damage at all.

And is there some kind percentage where if it exceeds a certain amount of replacement value it's financially unwise to repair?

Thanks in advance for any thoughts you might have on this!

-Kathy

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You can do the maths....$1000 repair could be quite serious and still might show after because you will not get a top craftsman working on that price fiddle.....the fiddle will not keep 'market value' with an obvious repair.....On the other hand if this fiddle plays exceptionally well in regard to its price it might be worth it for personal use but not for resale.

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For a student instrument, what is a good way to determine how much money to spend repairing damage? For example say it's a student violin running $2500 new, it's a few years old and was purchased for $1200, damage was not apparent to the buyer. To get it properly repaired and able to play the estimate is $1000, so nearly as much as new violin with no damage at all.

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-Kathy

Kathy, This is a $1200 instrument, not $2500. It's value is what the student paid, maybe less. I would use the $1000 to buy another instrument.

Mike in NJ

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