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    Sorry to hear about your mom. What an amazing collection! If I had unlimited funds and space my collection might look a lot like that. I imagine she had a tremendous amount of joy buying each one and they likely each have a great story. Even the cute Kala fruit ones! To answer your question a good rule of thumb is used mint is about 20 percent off retail and if you sell on consignment it is another 20 percent off. If you sell the large collection in bulk there is probably another reduction rather than individually.

    If you sell on eBay and reverb there are lots of fees that also bite into your profit. You can sell the high end ones here and they will probably sell without the extra fees. You can sell the mid and entry level ones on Facebook marketplace which has a little larger audience. You have some fun and amazing pieces. I might start a Google Sheet or Microsoft excel spreadsheet with name, year, msrp and suggested used price to give you an idea.
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    What a lovely inheritance. I think everyone here on the board would be thrilled to have such an inventory.

    You should definitely think about get some help if you want to sell them all. Writing descriptions and taking photos, then keeping track of the offers, doing all the packing and then shipping will be quite a job. But like so many things it's a trade-off. You'll keep more money if you do it all yourself, but it will take more time and some initial expense getting each one prepped, packed & ready to ship.

    On a personal note, chose one, or a few instruments, to keep for family heirlooms. There might be a uke player in the family some day and an instrument from your mom would be a real treasure.

    Good luck to you, and if you decide to sell some here on UU, you'll find some very willing participants!

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    That is quite a varied collection. Some are worth quite a bit, but getting full value for the entire batch could become a fulltime job. If I were in your situation, I would contact ukulele sellers and see if they would want to put some of them up for sale. They would charge a commission, of course, but putting individual ukes on eBay - or anywhere - could turn out to be a nightmare. Just think about getting sixty large boxes to pack them.

    Try Elderly Instruments, Mim's Ukes, The Ukulele Site, and Ukulele Friend.

    Another idea: post the link to all the pictures on our Marketplace - https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com...le-Marketplace - and see what people might offer. Then do an online search and see how much they are selling for online. You'll have to decide how much you want to hold out for the maximum price vs a quick sale.

    Also post on Fleamarket - https://www.fleamarketmusic.com/marketplace/default.asp

    I don't envy you this task, although you can make a small fortune from the sale of many of these.
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    Oh, my! I just googled the Mini Martin "Terz" guitar and one like it sold for $3600 on Reverb. Very rare! My suggestion is to ask a friend or relative who has experience selling online (Facebook marketplace, ebay or reverb) and work out a deal (20% commission?) with them to research, list and ship the instruments. You will do very well on this amazing lot of instruments! If you try to do it all yourself, it will be overwhelming. Luckily, they are marked and easy to research. Buying boxes and shipping will take a lot of time but there is demand for them and with an experienced seller, it can be done efficiently.

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    I have consigned ukes with Gryphon strings many times. The main benefit for me is ease.. I can drop the instrument and they take care of everything. The best part is I get to support a prominent local store that is priceless. Posting, negotiating, packing, shipping those many instruments can be a big job if you post all of them at once. That said if you have the patience and perseverance you can over a year sell 60 instruments..
    Also, I am interested in the DaSilva sopranos. I live in the Bay Area and can meet in person if you like.

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    My condolences on your mother’s passing. My father passed away about a year ago, and while he didn’t leave us any ukuleles (I do have two heirlooms, one was my mother’s and the other was my grandmother’s) he did leave us plenty of items to go through.

    If your mother’s ukes have meaning for you, then you might want to sell them one by one, if you have the time. If there are painful memories then enlisting help would be my recommendation.

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    Hi, first off sorry for your loss. What an exciting and slightly wild legacy your mother has left you, though! You are about to spread a lot of joy and music out into the world, and that is a cool tribute to her.

    Second of all, if about half of those are worth $500-$1500 *at resale value* and a good number of the rest are worth close to $300-500, then you have easily in the neighborhood of 40k worth of ukes there, and maybe closer to 50K with those custom jobs and guitars, and anyone who tells you less is lowballing you and you should keep that person away from your stuff.

    Third, while I think you've gotten mostly good, earnest advice here, be aware that ukulele people, while generally kind and generous, can also be a bit crazy and covetous. Every single person on this forum probably got either dollars or ukuleles in their eyes when they saw your post. Conservatively speaking, each person here saw 5 or 10 instruments that they would just loooove to get their hands on. You are about to have a bunch of new "friends." Take all the advice you get with a grain of salt, just as you would if you had won the lottery. No need to be paranoid, but certainly don't send any instruments to anyone for "appraisal" etc.

    I like the idea of consigning them at a high-end store. Shop around a bit for the best rate AND person that seems most trustworthy and pleasant to work with - you're lucky to be in the greater Bay Area where you will have some choice in the matter. You might also be able to find someone who would consign them on eBAy for you and take less of a cut because they have less overhead, etc. I hope this is not insultingly obvious advice, but make sure whoever you deal with has a good reputation that they need to maintain and is willing to keep all financial transactions completely transparent. You are in a situation where someone could easily "skim" $10k off you

    Finally, please, for the love of god keep a few of these! As someone who has discovered playing music relatively late in life, know that it is not too late to learn and get so much pleasure out of those instruments and that legacy. If I were you I would hold on to at least one of those beautiful guitars and the 2 or 3 ukes that are the most pleasing to you to look at/hold/hear. You can always sell them later if the need arises, but a good number of those are essentially irreplaceable in every sense of the word. Give yourself, or your family, or guests to your house the chance to play and enjoy them!

    Cheers!
    J

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    Wow, I were you I would hold on to them. Especially the high end stuff. If I remember right the Martin Terz listed at 5 grand maybe 0 years ago. Amazing collection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JonsWildYears View Post
    Hi, first off sorry for your loss. What an exciting and slightly wild legacy your mother has left you, though! You are about to spread a lot of joy and music out into the world, and that is a cool tribute to her.

    Second of all, if about half of those are worth $500-$1500 *at resale value* and a good number of the rest are worth close to $300-500, then you have easily in the neighborhood of 40k worth of ukes there, and maybe closer to 50K with those custom jobs and guitars, and anyone who tells you less is lowballing you and you should keep that person away from your stuff.

    Third, while I think you've gotten mostly good, earnest advice here, be aware that ukulele people, while generally kind and generous, can also be a bit crazy and covetous. Every single person on this forum probably got either dollars or ukuleles in their eyes when they saw your post. Conservatively speaking, each person here saw 5 or 10 instruments that they would just loooove to get their hands on. You are about to have a bunch of new "friends." Take all the advice you get with a grain of salt, just as you would if you had won the lottery. No need to be paranoid, but certainly don't send any instruments to anyone for "appraisal" etc.

    I like the idea of consigning them at a high-end store. Shop around a bit for the best rate AND person that seems most trustworthy and pleasant to work with - you're lucky to be in the greater Bay Area where you will have some choice in the matter. You might also be able to find someone who would consign them on eBAy for you and take less of a cut because they have less overhead, etc. I hope this is not insultingly obvious advice, but make sure whoever you deal with has a good reputation that they need to maintain and is willing to keep all financial transactions completely transparent. You are in a situation where someone could easily "skim" $10k off you

    Finally, please, for the love of god keep a few of these! As someone who has discovered playing music relatively late in life, know that it is not too late to learn and get so much pleasure out of those instruments and that legacy. If I were you I would hold on to at least one of those beautiful guitars and the 2 or 3 ukes that are the most pleasing to you to look at/hold/hear. You can always sell them later if the need arises, but a good number of those are essentially irreplaceable in every sense of the word. Give yourself, or your family, or guests to your house the chance to play and enjoy them!

    Cheers!
    J
    i agree with your post....sometimes "friends" have other reasons to help..lol
    looks like lots of work i hope the OP has time to sell all of the ukes
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    I'm so sorry about your mom.

    That's quite a collection you inherited! There are some amazing ukes there. I have a friend who has been looking for a long time for a DaSilva soprano. If you're interested in selling one of them, I live in SF and my friend lives in the north bay. Feel free to PM.

    I agree that if you want to do the work of selling yourself, the marketplace in this forum or Reverb might be your best bet. I also agree that if you want expert valuations and help with the sales, Gryphon Stringed Instruments in Palo Alto would be a great place to sell them.

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