Before You Sell
Before you sell your cello, you need to prepare yourself and it for the sale. This means knowing what price you should sell the cello for and getting it ready to show off to potential buyers.
Research the Going Rate
Before getting an appraisal for your cello, you should do some initial research to determine at what price cellos similar to your are selling. Shop around CraigsList and eBay to find prices of cellos in the same condition as yours. This step will help you understand a ballpark estimate of what the equipment is worth in its current condition — and it’ll tell you what you stand to earn if you improve the condition of the item. You may find out that $20 in repairs can fetch you a selling price that’s higher by $200. Or, you may decide that it’s simply not worth selling your equipment, and you’ll save yourself a lot of time and effort.
Clean and Repair Your Cello
Before you advertise your cello for sale, make sure you polish and clean it so that it looks presentable to potential buyers. This includes: cleaning the strings of rosin, polishing the instrument, and vacuuming out the case.
Additionally, you should make sure you take care of any repairs of the instrument such as cracks, scratches, or missing parts.
Doing so will ensure you can obtain the highest possible price for your cello when you sell it.
Get an Appraisal
Before you sell your cello, you should understand how much your cello is worth so that you can get the best price possible when you are selling it. There are a number of ways to get your cello appraised. The simplest way to get your cello appraised is to take it to your local music shop.
Local music shops deal with instruments every day so they have a good idea about how much your cello is worth. They can even write you a formal letter of appraisal which you can show to a potential buyer or even use when purchasing instrument insurance.
If you have no nearby music shops that will appraise your instrument, you can search for a nearby appraisal using the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers database or Appraiser Association website. Just enter your location information and these websites will show you a certified appraiser in your area.
Most appraisers will either charge a percentage of the appraised value of the cello or a set fee based on whether you want a verbal or written appraisal.
Some typical fees for cello appraisal are as such:
|Up to $2,000
|$2,100 – $10,000