How Much Pawn Shops Pay for Violins

February 18, 2020 - Equipment and Tools

Ready to learn how much pawn shops pay for violins?

Since you’re ready to part ways with your musical instrument to get cash in hand, we might as well tell you a few additional things about pawning or selling your violin, aside from the pawn value.

Whether you’re upgrading to a new violin or you just simply don’t play anymore, this post has you covered with the best violin pawning and selling advice you can find online.

Not only will we tell you the minimum, maximum and average amount pawn shops pay for violins, we will give you tips for pawning or selling your instrument. You might decide to skip this additional information. However, we strongly recommend you take a few minutes to read through this entire post.

This is why.

When you pawn or sell your violin, there are small steps you can take to get more cash for your violin—and we’ll let you in on these. Not only that, but we will tell you about how to use PawnGuru, which will allow you to start the pawning or selling process online, saving you tons of time (and getting you more cash in hand for your violin).

Continue reading to learn how much pawn shops pay for violins and to get the most cash possible for your violin in the least amount of time.

We make pawning (or selling) your violin hassle-free!

How Much Pawn Shops Pay for Violins Based on Real Data

The data below shows you how much pawn shops pay for violins based on real data we gathered at PawnGuru. This is data that we gathered over the course of the past year or so. It’s from real offers that were made by pawn shops to people who used PawnGuru to pawn or sell their violins.

The Least and Most Amount Pawn Shops Pay for Violins

Here’s the minimum, maximum and average amount pawn shops give for violins based on PawnGuru data:

  • Minimum Offer: $30
  • Maximum Offer: $175
  • Average Offer: $62

Notice the huge variance between the minimum and maximum offer for violins?

This is because there are many different types, brands, models and grades of violins pawned or sold, and at many different pawn shops. This is why it’s so important to make sure you gather as many offers as possible from multiple nearby pawn shops in your area.

Read below for more factors that will influence how much pawn shops will give for your violin.

Pawn Value: Student Violins vs. Professional Violins

It’s important to note that the pawn value of a violin can vary depending on if it’s a student violin or professional violin. Student violins typically are less expensive and not as specially crafted as professional violins.

Student violins might be made out of cheaper materials, and they typically won’t have the level of craftsmanship or quality of sound that more professional violins do.

Rarity Affects Violin Pawn Value

If your violin is particularly rare, antique or is tied to a special historical narrative such as a well- known previous owner, this is something to be happy about. These violins should sell or pawn for a lot more money than other violins. If this is the case, take the aforementioned violin pawn values with a grain of salt.

Essentially, if no one has pawned or sold a violin as rare as yours through PawnGuru, your violin’s pawn value could be significantly higher than what we outlined above.

Now that you know the pawn value of violins, we will get to the part where we tell you how to do that using PawnGuru. But first, let us cover a few other things you need to know to get the most value out of your violin.

How Much Pawn Shops Pay for Violins that are Broken or Damaged

If you are the owner of a damaged or broken violin, it’s important that you take mental notes of what exactly is wrong with your instrument. Ask yourself these questions before you start the process of pawning or selling your violin:

  1. Does the damage affect how well your violin plays?
  2. Is the damage visible on the violin? Where?
  3. Is the violin completely useless unless a professional repairs it?

Take note of the answers and keep them in mind before you start communicating with pawn shops regarding your violin. This will set your own expectations straight and will give you more power in the negotiating process when dealing with a pawnbroker.

We also suggest you keep in mind that pawn shops might not take a broken violin.

How to Pawn or Sell Your Violin Effectively

To pawn or sell your violin effectively, use PawnGuru. Here’s why you should.

Why Use PawnGuru to Pawn or Sell Your Violin

  • Save time: List your violin for sale (or pawn) online within minutes and get fast offers online
  • Get more cash: Compare those offers online & only enter the pawn shop with the best offer

How to Use PawnGuru to Pawn or Sell Your Violin

  1. Clean your violin thoroughly and carefully
  2. Gather original case, certificate & other components
  3. List your violin on PawnGuru (free, quick, easy!)
  4. Compare offers you receive online
  5. Bring your violin to the pawn shop with the best offer
  6. Get cash in hand on the same day!

Now that you know how much pawn shops pay for violins and what you need to research before bringing your violin to a pawn shop, you can rest assured you’re going to get the best offer possible.

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David Stiebel
David Stiebel

David Stiebel is one of the cofounders of PawnGuru. David was educated at MIT, where he studied Math. He subsequently worked at Bain as a data scientist before starting PawnGuru in 2015. He started PawnGuru to build a better tool for pawn shops and consumers to connect.

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