Maestoso_44

Thoughts on this old cello?

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Looks like a cool cello. I wouldnt consider any violin related purchase a good investment.

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5 hours ago, deans said:

 I wouldnt consider any violin related purchase a good investment.

Of course, what I meant to say was that I keep it if it’s a good player, but I might sell if it’s no good. The prices of old instruments are going up in my country

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If it is missing the neck and scroll, unless it can be definitely identified as work of some really great maker, it would not seem to be a very good bet as an investment.  In any case, the best restoration would probably require finding a neck/scroll by the same maker.  If restoration requires making a replacement neck and scroll and the body cannot be identified then I would guess that restoration might well cost more than the completed cello would be worth. 

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Between the post patch and the button graft you already in pretty deep. Any good shop has scrolls laying around. I would guess approaching 7-8k to get it properly up and going. At a minimum. 

 

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Last year I developed an inexplicable lust for a "Ceruti" that needed attention. The Lord was with me when another bidder came along at the last minute and won the auction out from under me.

"Be careful what you ask for; you just may get it!"

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23 hours ago, Maestoso_44 said:

Thanks for the advice everyone. Looks like it’s best not to buy.

The mature choice. My congratulations.

(You're wife will probably approve also!)

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