The cello I've been playing at gigs for the past few years (Tallulah) has developed a disturbing crack on her neck, right where it curves upward from her body. Looking closely, I can see that it has cracked and separated in the past, and has been reglued.
Now, this is not the only issue the instrument has - it is what I (lovingly) call a "beater" and was purchased cheaply for the purpose of not risking my better instrument in chaotic environments. But I've become very attached to Lulu (as you can probably tell by the fact that I've given her a name,) and I don't really want to lose her...
Long story short - I finally was able to take Lulu in for an estimate today and the luthier shook his head and sent me packing. "I hate to have to tell you this," he said,"but there's nothing I can do for you." The he made a comment about my cello being a "strange old instrument."
I'm not going to give up just yet, because this fellow is obviously used to working on high-end instruments, which may be part of the reason that he wasn't able (or willing?) to help. But I am wondering if maybe it is a lost cause and I ought to start looking for another beater.
*sigh* Even if someone was willing to try fixing her, I'd probably get another year or so out of Lulu before she needed to be retired...But saying goodbye is not easy and I don't want to do it!