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Buying musical instruments off of eBay?

Skylar H asked:

has anyone ever bought a musical instrument from a seller on eBay? I am looking for a cello and have found some new ones in the $100s including new strings, stands, etc….is there a catch or what???? This price range just seems unrealistic to me for a new cello. does anyone know if these are scams or real instruments for sale for so cheap? thanks!
thanks everyone, i play violin and have fallen in love with the sound of the cello ever since i started playing violin 6 years ago. i am just looking for something to learn and have fun on, so i am not trying to spend a lot of money, nor do i have it to spend. i have looked at local shops but they are way too expensive…thanks for all of your answers!
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8 Responses to “Buying musical instruments off of eBay?”

  1. CroBabe0978 on April 26th, 2009 6:31 am

    i got a really crappy violin and it looked like it was in so much better condition in the picture

  2. Billiam on April 27th, 2009 6:42 am

    This is coming from a band instructor and a saxophonist -
    NO! BAD!

    If you buy a cheap instrument you will pay for it in the future. The repairs in cheap instruments add up. They are easier to damage and harder to fix. On top of that their tone normally is horrible and for new musicians this can lead to frustration and a 90% that they will give up by the time they start to get past the initial stages of struggle.

    Please don’t bother buying a POS. It isn’t worth your time or money. A good instrument can be bought for a few hundred and get you by while you learn. Don’t short change the student or yourself by purchasing something that is made to break.

  3. Kylee on April 30th, 2009 12:20 pm

    I have had the same question! I am in an endless search for the perfect guitar, my guitar teacher’s guitar is my favorite! I asked her where I could get one, and she said she got hers on eBay! It’s amazing, and sounds fabulous! I agree, you have to be very careful! Make sure it’s a good brand, and you might find a great one! But if you want to be safe, I’d just go to a music store! :]

    Good luck!

  4. RJS1121 on May 4th, 2009 1:30 am

    Hello there.

    STRAIGHT to the point. It is most likely not a scam… but it most likely is a piece of trash. Don’t buy it. Don’t bid on it. Don’t think about it!!!!

    I am an ebay seller and buyer… but to be either.. you have to know what you are doing and know what you are buying. This $100.00 cello - brand new - is one of the very cheapest of the 3rd world country imports. The most you could do with it is use it for a coat hanger. It would be nice for that.:))

    I am pretty sure that you can find nice cellos on eBay, but look to spend several hundred dollars. And should you decide to bid on any cello, contact the seller to ask the name brand.. then google it to find out the instruments reputation. If it is made in the United States and you can phone the maker… it ought to be fine. Also, do a little research to begin with. What are the names of some very good student line cellos? How much are they new? Then you can shop online and get better results.

    Don’t bid on that instrument!!!!!!!!

  5. jrock on May 6th, 2009 8:56 am

    the person who’s selling just made it look real nice but it will probably fall apart in your hands

  6. flutemaster2003 on May 8th, 2009 8:21 am

    I’ve had several student’s purchase flutes off eBay with success after my advice. You need to know what you are looking for. Brand, model, etc and what the current price is for that instrument. If you don’t know, find an expert who does. Be sure to include a three day trial period so if you don’t like the instrument you can return it and get your money back.. Yes, there a bad instruments there but there are some good deals too. A cello is a great investment and if you are serious, find a good one to start with. Just remember, buyer beware.

  7. jazzedup on May 9th, 2009 2:14 am

    Personally, I don’t think buying instruments online is the best way to go.

    It’s not a good way to invest your money, since you never know if there’s something wrong with the instrument. Plus, if you’re looking for an instrument upgrade, you would be able to test out the sound of the cello and see if you like the tone/quality before buying.

    You can check out — it has beginner cellos that start from $50, all the way to $1000 for medium/advanced players.

    The Shar Music company also sells music stands, strings, and anything a string player would need. You can check out the prices there, to see if the price you saw on eBay is reasonable.

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