Which got me to thinking, if something were to happen to my cello I would have to replace it. I mean, after getting disowned by my uncle for letting his journeyman's piece get damaged... Getting another cello that sounds as good would take either lots of money or hours and hours of trolling instrument shops looking for hidden gems. Or both! So I was thinking I should insure my cello.. but it seems i have to have my cello appraised and that it's likely to be appraised for what it was made as, rather than how good it sounds. Is this true? Does anyone have any advice for what I might do about it?
Interestingly, this problem seems to run in the family. The men on my dad's side for a few generations back all play violin. My uncle is currently playing my great-grandfather's old violin. He says it started life as a mass-produced piece of whatever but then it looks like someone sat on it. Massive and excellent repairs have been done on it, far exceeding the value of the instrument and it has a really very beautiful sound. Since my great-grandfather was a pastor we're all guessing someone put way too much work into it as a favor. Mediocre instruments lavished with indecent amounts of effort and love.