Selling a Cello to a specialist Music Store

Selling your cello to a music store can be a convenient and straightforward process. However, it is important to understand the potential issues that a store might raise and the likely value they would offer for your instrument. 

Potential Issues 

Music stores are experienced in dealing with a wide range of instruments and have a keen eye for any problems that might affect the value or saleability of your cello. Here are some issues they might raise: 

  • Condition: The condition of your cello is a significant factor in its value. Any damage, such as cracks, scratches, or worn varnish, will be noted by the store and will likely reduce the price they are willing to offer. 
  • Quality and Age: The quality and age of your cello will also be considered. Older, high-quality cellos from well-known makers or brands are usually more desirable. However, if your cello is a newer model or from a less-known maker, the store might offer a lower price. 
  • Market Demand: The store will consider the current market demand for cellos. If there is a high demand for cellos and they do not have many in stock, they might offer a higher price. Conversely, if the market is saturated or they already have many cellos in stock, they might offer a lower price. 

Likely Value 

Music stores need to make a profit when they resell your cello, so they will likely offer less than its market value. The exact amount will depend on the factors mentioned above, but it is common for stores to offer around 50-60% of the resale value. For example, if your cello could potentially sell for £5000 on the open market, a music store might offer you around £2500-£3000. 

It is important to get an independent appraisal of your cello’s value before selling it to a music store. This will give you a better idea of its worth and help you negotiate a fair price. Remember, while selling to a music store might be quicker and easier, you might get a higher price by selling it privately, such as through an online platform like eBay, Facebook or Gumtree .