Is it possible to find a decent instrument for around 1K? I've seen a few used cellos on craigslist that she could try out. One in particular is a Scherl & Roth r121 that has a handcrafted solid spruce top, hand inlaid purfling, maple back and sides, composite tailpiece and lacquer varnish and comes with stand, bag, and bow. Some other listings are for a Hans Kroger, circa 1999, a Scott Cao and a Joseph Weiss Model 200.
Any advice you could offer would be greatly appreciated.