You may trade in any instrument or bow purchased from us. We do not take trades from other dealers or private parties. If you are trading in your instrument for a new one at least 20% higher in value, we will give you 100% of the value of the original instrument minus charges for any repairs. Usually, the repair charges include a new set of strings and cleaning for instruments and a rehair for bows. If there is major varnish damage or cracks/ damage to the body of the instrument we may not be able to take it back on trade.
If you are trading your instrument or bow in for one equal in value, we will give you 80% of the value towards the new purchase (again, minus any charges for repairs).
Please note: we do not buy back instrument that we have sold. The trade in value only applies towards the purchase of another instrument or bow. In rare cases, we will allow trades accross categories, for example a violin for a viola, but generally bows are traded for bows, cellos for cellos etc.
Also, please note that California state law requires that the full instrument or bow price is taxed. So, if you are trading in a violin worth $600 and buying a violin worth $1000, you will be taxed on the $1000, not the $400 difference. The trade-in instrument is considered a partial payment and applied after tax.