Johannes Kohr VC80 - My local Shop rarely has anything used and this is their lowest model at $1300. I have found this same Cello online for about $400 cheaper. I have also read that lower end Kohr Cello's are just ok. The Plus would be that we could rent it first (even though I do not want to rent) and that I would have a relationship with my local shop/luthier.
Knilling - Various models such as Prague, Bucharest and Summit. The reviews on these have not been inspiring.
1988 Rudolph Doetsch SN 1841 Stradivarius Model - This one is a little out of my price range but they say they are willing to negotiate. I have read many favorable review about Rudoulf Doetsch Cellos but the problem with this one is that it is a 3/4 cello. My wife isn't tall at 5'3 but I don't know how much difference this will make. She has mentioned in the past that she would like a full size cello.
1977 E.R. Pfretzschner cello - Comes with a hard case and a John Brazil Bow (that needs Re-haired). This one seems nice but the owner said it hasn't been played much in a few years and I do not know if that is a good or bad thing for a cello. I am guessing that because of its age and inactivity that it might need quite a bit of adjusting which would make it unaffordable.
Stringworks Artist Cello. I have read a ton of reviews about stringworks cello's and most are very very favorable, praising the quality for the money. This cello is a bit out of my price range but I could make payments on it to finish paying it off. It would be a new cello and they have a 14 day return policy as well as amazing customer service.
Right now I am leaning towards the Pfretzschner or the Stringworks but I am hoping that you all could help me and give me advice, of which I need much of since I do not play cello.