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VN73: Violin
Maker: George Wulme-Hudson
Date: circa. 1925
Origin: London, England
Length of Back: 355mm, 14"
String Length: 326mm
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VC75: Cello
Maker: Georges Mougenot
Date: late 19th century
Origin: Brussels
Length of Back: 757mm
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VNB74: Violin Bow
Maker: Albert Fischer
Origin: Germany
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VA70: Viola
Maker: Michael Scoggins
Date: 1988
Origin: Salt Lake City Utah
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p) 507.413.3495
e) info@celloconnection.com

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do you ship instruments for a trial period?

We are happy to ship violins, violas and bows. Cellos are problematic; we do not ship them. We will do everything we can to make trying a cello out simpler for you. Now that we have so many fine cellos we encourage you to take the time to visit us as  we will make your visit worthwhile. Otherwise we have been known to meet you halfway, if you can drive.

Ask where our next workshop will be held, this is often an excellent way to try instruments and bows. Don't be shy about asking us to bring a specific instrument or bow if you know we are going to be in your area.

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Should I have my instrument or bow examined by a luthier first?

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Maintaining the condition of your instrument or bow is extremely important. We recommend taking it to an experienced luthier before listing with us. We are upfront with potential buyers by informing them of previous repairs and damages, because our company believes in representing your instrument in the best light, with honesty and integrity. Additionally, if you have not had your instrument or bow looked over for a while, there may be some cosmetic work or gluing that needs to be done.

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Do I need a certificate or an appraisal?

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A Certificate of Authenticity is an official document written and signed by the maker or dealer of your instrument or bow. The market value of your item significantly increases based on its maker and on who authenticates your item. We strongly recommend getting one from a recognized expert if you have not already done so.

An Appraisal is common for insurance purposes and includes a written or verbal opinion by a professional relating to the authenticity and monetary value of your instrument. It also often includes a condition report including the measurements and current replacement value. We tell all of our sellers that it is very important to have your instrument insured against damage, loss or theft.

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Do I need to know where my instrument was made?

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Providing information about the provenance, or history, of your instrument is important because it gives cultural value to the item. Documented evidence of provenance also establishes that the instrument has not been altered or that it is not a reproduction. We suggest that you seek expert opinion if you are missing documentation, because the origin of your instrument affects the pricing.

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 What happens when someone expresses an interest in my instrument or bow?

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Once we have an inquiry from a prospective buyer about an instrument or bow we contact the owner directly with the information and discuss plans for a direct sale or, more commonly, facilitate a trial period. Sometimes this involves travel on our part, something that we are happy to do.

Q:

Is it possible to sell my instrument through Cello Connection if I live in another state or country?

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We can post clear and detailed photos of the items, and sound clips can be made with the powerful sound equipment that is available today. We offer Skype showings and have up-to-date cameras and microphones so that it is possible to evaluate the tone of an instrument. We try to avoid any shipping at all costs, as we value honesty and personal connections.

Q:

I would like to upgrade to a better/different instrument or bow. How can I do this if I have to sell my existing one first?

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This is the beauty of our site! Traditionally you would have to leave your instrument at a shop for as long as a year or more in order to sell it. Musicians often have to borrow or rent an instrument during this time. This is a huge inconvenience, and it can negatively affect your career. We can list your instrument on the site while you continue to play on it. If an inquiry or offer comes in, we will facilitate the showing no matter where you are located. You can remain anonymous if you choose while we handle everything.

 

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Do I have to pay tax when I buy an instrument?

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Yes, you would pay tax at any shop. The percentage varies from state to state, even within our location.

 

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