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Cello with crack in neck - worth buying?

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(I'm sorry: I'm new to this site and posted this with the wrong title a few minutes ago.  I will delete the other thread once I figure out how to.)

Hello - I am looking at a 3/4 cello for my daughter (that someone purchased at an estate sale - they're selling it, a bow, and hard case for $350).  The neck has a repair (see pictures).  I'm wondering what people think of the seriousness of this damage - is it something that looks like it will break again in the future?  Thanks very much for your input.

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Hard to say from pics, but the break has lots of surface area and if done well enough (though not too clean, but might be enough) it should hold.

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On 10/28/2019 at 11:35 AM, Jeff White said:

Hard to say from pics, but the break has lots of surface area and if done well enough (though not too clean, but might be enough) it should hold.

Jeff, what would you do to hide the glue line?  

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On 11/6/2019 at 6:27 AM, Julian Cossmann Cooke said:

Jeff, what would you do to hide the glue line?  

Assuming it has never been attempted, I would just clean it well and glue it.  Could end up with a line, but I'd just leave it if there was.  Glue line be D*mned ! :huh:Economics/function.

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On 10/28/2019 at 11:53 AM, wcwou said:

(I'm sorry: I'm new to this site and posted this with the wrong title a few minutes ago.  I will delete the other thread once I figure out how to.)

Hello - I am looking at a 3/4 cello for my daughter (that someone purchased at an estate sale - they're selling it, a bow, and hard case for $350).  The neck has a repair (see pictures).  I'm wondering what people think of the seriousness of this damage - is it something that looks like it will break again in the future?  Thanks very much for your input.

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It might be a huge future problem or none at all, depending on who did the repair, and what techniques and adhesives were used.

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I guess it depends on what your daughter needs in a cello and if this cello meets those needs other than the repaired crack. If the cello sounds and plays well and is much better than you could get at a local shop then maybe it would be a reasonable risk. I would not expect to be able to resell it for very much after she grows out of it, as most people rent fractionals, and often prefer to buy/rent from a shop rather than an individual. 

That being said, I would also consider the case and bow and if they would have any value on their own. If they are quality they might be worth a couple hundred on their own. 

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