Selling Your Instrument

Rehoming your instruments through Cardiff Violins

Instruments are not just "things"…musicians often possess a deep affection for them.  Many of our customers tell us it has taken years to come to terms with selling a beloved instrument, as the instrument has often been a long term companion, acting as a gateway for new experiences and friendships.  Due to their sentimental value, many players prefer to sell on directly to musicians as opposed to through an impersonal auction.  We have two options for those seeking to sell on their instruments:

1) Commission sale

Providing your instruments are in perfect order and set-up to our standards, we can offer them for sale on commission.  Providing your instrument sells you will receive a return of 76% (20% commission + VAT at 20%) of the total price once the sale is complete.  If repairs, restoration or a set-up is required to bring the instrument to selling standard, this will have to be paid for on leaving the instrument with us and will be completed before your instrument is presented for sale.  Unfortunately we can't give you any indication as to how long it will take for your instrument to sell, as this is highly variable.   We don't charge a handling fee and you are free to take your instrument back at anytime.

PLEASE NOTE : We do not take instruments for sale on commission below £2,000.

2) Sale on presentation of goods

If your instrument is of potential interest to us but needs a lot of money spending on it prior to be offered for sale, you may prefer selling it in its current condition, avoid the expense, and get an immediate return.  If you have photographs of your relative or friend playing the instrument you are presenting to us, or any pictures of past musical events (up to the 1950's), we would be grateful if you were happy to let us copy them for our shop photo gallery. The musicians on this page are relatives of people who have given their photographs to us. We like the idea of paying tribute to them, many of whom were instrumental to the development of musical education in their communities, provided entertainment at a time when televisions did not exist, and instilled a love of music that lives on in later generations.

PLEASE NOTE: ALL THE ABOVE  ONLY APPLIES TO ANTIQUE INSTRUMENTS AND MODERN INSTRUMENTS BY INDIVIDUAL MAKERS.  NEW FACTORY OR WORKSHOP INSTRUMENTS MAY BE PART-EXCHANGED IF THEY ORIGINALLY CAME FROM US. IF NOT, WE MAY OR MAY NOT BE ABLE TO PART-EXCHANGE THEM, BUT PLEASE DO BRING THEM IN TO ASK US. WE DO NOT BUY  INSTRUMENTS BACK.

Can't bring your violin in to us?

If you are unable to visit us in person, we can send you a case for your instrument and organise the collection. It will be supplied with packaging and instructions to secure the instrument.
The cost to you is £20 for the delivery of the packaging and the trip back to Cardiff.  It will be a further £10 if we return the instrument to you.  This is to be paid prior to us sending the parcel off.