What is the resale value of this repaired Carlo Robelli double bass with piezo pickup?

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by SunrisePeak, Jun 21, 2020.

  1. SunrisePeak


    Jun 20, 2020
    Hello I was hoping for some guidance on the resale value of a used bass. It's a Carlo Robelli SB-90 in 4/4 size. It plays well though the previous owner did repair a crack in the neck as shown in the photos. It comes with a piezo pickup and gig bag. Thanks so much for your help!

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  2. You’re in the bass guitar (electric bass) section. You'll have better luck in the double bass section. However, I’m guessing it’s the same over there and you need to be a supporting member for “what’s this worth” questions. Perhaps a mod will move your thread.

    My suggestion would be if you can find your bass or something similar in the “sold” listings on eBay or Reverb. They both have a box you can click in search filters.
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  3. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    Hello and welcome to Talkbass. I’ll let other members weigh in on how you might price this, but if you are actively trying to sell it a supporting membership is required to use the site classifieds.
  4. SunrisePeak


    Jun 20, 2020
    No just trying to know how to price it thanks!
  5. About the same as any other low-end Chinese ply bass that has sustained significant (albeit repaired) structural damage.
  6. SunrisePeak


    Jun 20, 2020
    Sure but what would that be?
  7. $750-1100, if it plays OK.
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  8. SunrisePeak


    Jun 20, 2020
  9. Rebop


    Jul 9, 2008
    La Honda, CA
    Probably closer to $400 tops.
    It was probably around $1200 when it was new and the neck wasn't broken yet.
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  10. SunrisePeak


    Jun 20, 2020
    Hello thank you for your reply Is that true even with the piezo pickup
  11. Rebop


    Jul 9, 2008
    La Honda, CA
    The pickup doesn't add any significant value to this bass.
  12. Rebop


    Jul 9, 2008
    La Honda, CA
    I'd like to add, that repair looks janky and I would not be confident in its longevity. Especially when the break is that far forward.
    This kills any value that bass ever had. On a perfect day with a pristine carlo robelli you could possibly get 800.
    I bought a similar bass (palatino) with some damage for $400, (brand new!) from one of my old wholesale instrument dealers to use as a stage bass for rowdy shows. I throw it around and let the guitar player stand on it.

    Damaged chinese plywood doesn't have a lot of value unfortunately.
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  13. I agree about the neck repair, but, the pick up does add a bit. I'd adjust my estimate to $400-700. Depending on where you are selling it.
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  14. rickwolff

    rickwolff ‘Leave the clams in, let ’em know we're human,' Supporting Member

    What's a brown suit worth?
  15. RSBBass


    Jun 11, 2011
    I agree with the $400 as a top price. The bag and pickup are nice to have and add maybe $50. The neck break doesn't look good. You may get $400 for it but I wouldn't look twice at it unless it was under $200. But I am a tight wad and don't need another bass and definitely don't need another project.

    This is the kind of bass that people would routinely tell people to pass on if they were thinking of buying it.
  16. A neck graft in the Northeast will run you $3,000.

    So I’d value that bass at -$2,600 plus whatever you pay for it, and it will always be a lousy instrument.
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  17. SunrisePeak


    Jun 20, 2020
    Yes I am aware many people don't like this brand but it's not worthless.
  18. Martin Beer

    Martin Beer

    Dec 4, 2004
    Going by what I've seen similar basses in similar condition go for, I'd agree with the $400 tops comments. It's a low end plywood bass with a non-ebony fingerboard and what looks like a non-professional neck repair. The pickup doesn't look like a well known model that would add value either.
    That's not to say it couldn't be useful to someone either to dip a toe in the water or as a low-risk working instrument for rough conditions. In the UK I've seen similar instruments go for about £300.
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  19. Sam Sherry

    Sam Sherry Inadvertent Microtonalist Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2001
    Portland, ME
    In addition to the neck kludge, the top is collapsing. See how the f-holes are sinking below the top:


    At this point it's well on the way to being a Bass-Shaped Object.

    If it came with a BLO (Bow-Like Object) it might fetch a drop more.

    Sorry to pass bad news.
  20. fdeck

    fdeck Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 20, 2004
    Madison WI
    HPF Technology LLC
    I can't really offer any advice, but maybe some commiseration, because I'm sitting on a bass that I have to figure out what to do with. It's an early 60s Kay, and I'd feel compelled to disclose what I know about its history and condition. I've thought about donating it to the school system.