.. I've always wanted to learn to play the cello, so when I saw one on Ebay with a starting bid of 0.99cents and no reserve, I put a bid just for the hell of it. It turned out, I won the auction at AUD$152.50. I wasn't expecting much of a cello for $150, maybe just something I can have a play with that's all. But it arrived brand new still wrapped in fine paper, with new strings, a bridge and bow, all securely packed in a decent hard cello case. Earlier this week I took it in to a luthier to get it set up (soundpost adjusted, bridge shaved and positioned, nut shaved), he valued the cello at $800 (which puts it in the same price range for a student model cello), and the hard case at $200. So all up, a $1000 purchase for $150. I'm pleasantly surprised and happy for taking the leap into the unknown. It could've turned out to be a $150 disaster, although I was prepared to risk it. Anyone find any gems like this on Ebay or elsewhere?