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    Default Would you buy this ukulele with cracks

    Hi all,

    This person has been posting this Cocobolo uke for a while, and I have been sorely tempted. However, it has some hairline cracks. Google seems to suggest they are not hard to repair if you mainly want to protect the instrument and not make it look like new. If I liked the sound, would this be worth it?

    https://baltimore.craigslist.org/msg...285859974.html

    Thank you

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    That's a really nasty crack on the soundboard. It's repairable but not seamlessly.

    I think it is massively overpriced. I would take a punt on it for 1/4 of the asking price. Used instruments like this are a gamble.

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    That is not a hairline crack, that is quite big, no I wouldn't entertain buying it, unless it were really cheap.
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    I'm just guessing, but having a competent luthier/craftsman fix those cracks would probably run you a couple of hundred dollars. It's not a repair job for an inexperienced amateur. That brings your total investment up to ~$450. That's not much less than a brand new one. I'd see if the seller is willing to go lower and then decide if the whole transaction is worth your time, effort, and cash.
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    Thanks folks for chiming in - looks like this probably isn't worth my while - I prefer the looks of the Cocobolo with more sapwood anyway, so I ought to just be patient!

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    You can get onto their weekly "lottery" drawing for various ukes. I think the sopranos ran about $500 last time I checked. That doesn't look like a "hairline" crack to me.

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    The question in the title is "Would you buy this uke with cracks?" I would, if I wanted it enough, but I have had a lot of experience repairing ukes, so that kind of crack wouldn't put me off, provided the price was right. The repair would always be visible on close inspection, but not too obviously disfiguring.

    It is a nice looking instrument. I guess it depends how much you want it, and how confident you are that you could make a good job of fixing it yourself.

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    I *might* pay that price if the cracks had been repaired and stable afterward. I don't have the skills the fix it myself so I personally would not buy it in its current condition
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    No, I wouldn't. The price is too high for a crack of that size. It's not an attractive-enough looking Cocobolo to be lusting after it, either, as it's rather plain.
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    I wouldn't buy a cracked Uke. In fact, I wouldn't keep a cracked Uke. There are way too many perfect instruments out there to be messing around with defective ones.
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