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How to sell a Viola

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by theophilus762, Dec 11, 2006.

  1. Does anyone have any experience selling orchestral stringed instruments? My parents purchased this for me back in high school for around $1,400 and it's been sitting in a closet since. I'm trying to pick up a new bass so I'd like to sell it.

    its not in the best shape, but it sounds great. i'm not sure if i should sell it to a music store, or try to sell it elsewhere.

    do you guys have any ideas or tips to share?

  2. and now, for a viola joke:

    whats the difference between a violin and a viola?

    a viola burns longer.
  3. fish man

    fish man

    Nov 14, 2005
    Ontario, Canada
    Learn to play it!
    It sounds better than bass anyways.
  4. Skel


    Jun 19, 2005
    Boulder, Colorado
    Why can't you sell it on eBay?
  5. Jiggybass


    Nov 15, 2005
    Sudbury, Canada
    Every time I see the name of this thread, I mis-read it as "How to sell Vodka" :meh: :meh: :meh:

    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Supporting Member

    Maybe Ebay.
  7. EmmSee


    May 23, 2004
    Boston, MA
    How much you want?
  8. Have bought or sold probably two dozen instruments or musical items over the years, but holidays are not the best time to liquidate, as a seller, unless you have something a very selective buyer really wants. Brass instruments, in my case, but venues for strings are often if not always the same. A retailer is a last resort. Ebay next to last. If you are savvy to online scam artists, and can recognize their emails/tactics, then I'd cite the following resources, similar to classifieds in your local paper:

    Net Instruments



  9. I own a viola! I really do.

    But it's a cheap one and I only use it as a photography prop. :oops: :bag:

    Anyway, here are two sites I found which may help you.

    The second site has used violas for sale both above and below the $5,000 mark. Scroll towards the bottom of the page. Perhaps you can use it as a guide.


    Good luck.

    Mike ;)
  10. mrpackerguy

    mrpackerguy Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2004
    Madison, Wisconsin
    Personally, on something that valuable, I'd probably try local first. Maybe an ad in the paper or a posting in the local university's music department or any other university music department or in a nearby city where there's a professional symphony like Madison, Milwaukee, assuming your in Oshkosh. Lawrence, Ripon, UWGB?
  11. thanks for all the advice guys!

    i actually played viola for 9 years, from elementary school all the way til my graduation. although i did enjoy it, i was never passionate about it, and towards the latter half of highschool, i just did it because my friends were in orchestra.

    i'd rather not sell it on ebay because i doubt it'll fetch me anything, i don't see any decent violas being sold there. i'll try local, and resort to music stores if i have to.

    i'm not even sure how much it is worth with the wear and scratches, so i don't even know what to expect.

    anyways, thanks again guys.

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