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#1 Noel Ways

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Posted 22 September 2017 - 04:15 PM

I just read another stolen concertina story.  I imagine we all are pained and even perhaps feel the loss when we hear of such incidents.  I know I do.

I have been thinking about something for quite some time now and suppose that it is worth putting on the table at this point.  But the technology for identifying things has grown enormously.  We "chip" our cats and dogs.  We attach "tiles" to out key rings.  There are now GPS units to track almost everything.  And I am sure that there are other technologies that I am not aware of.  AND, in most cases, these can be hidden or are at least unobtrusive.

Has anyone ever thought of or tried using such a system with their concertina.  For example a "chip" or tile or something else hidden inside the bellows, or under the inside lining of a concertina case?

I was looking at one type of unit by the company: https://store.thetrackr.com/

Here, if you lose something, EVERYONE on who has the system will be alerted if it should come in close proximity to their iPhone etc. if they have the app.  It is their unit, “bravo”; and as part of the bundle, there is a system for alerting the owner.

I once had an incident where a student of mine lost their iPhone, and we went to a computer in the next room and followed the phone down the highways, into the streets, and into a home.  We knew the city, street, and house into which unit went (thankfully, here, it was an innocent mistake and everything worked out just fine).

There must be a cost-effective way of tracking lost concertinas !!

Any thoughts??  And, thanks in advance.

Edited by Noel Ways, 22 September 2017 - 04:19 PM.

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Posted 22 September 2017 - 04:33 PM

i dont have enough knoledge to know but im guessing that in this day and age such a thing would be relatively simple. Slight digression but I always wonder who buys stolen concertinas. The market must be pretty small (hopefully)

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Posted 22 September 2017 - 04:35 PM

Interesting question.  Those systems that work with other people's phones if the other people have the app probably only work well in big US cities where enough people have the app.


I'd be interested in a chip that prevented lost melodeons from being recovered...

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Posted 23 September 2017 - 09:33 AM

I've never read a positive review of one of those tracking systems that relies on other people having an app on their phones. Nobody has the apps or lets them just be on all the time, and a phone has to be very close to the object in order to pick it up.


If you put an actual GPS tracking device in the concertina (like what's in your iPhone), and were able to use "find my iConcertina" (akin to "find my iPhone") to track the blue dot on a map on your laptop, that would be useful. There, you're looking at a lot of money, some weight, and the need for a battery you'd have to keep charged... but it would work, so long as its battery did.


When wireless charging technology gets smaller and better and cheaper, you could put a wireless charger in your concertina case and plug your case into a power outlet every night, and your concertina's GPS tracker would recharge with the instrument just sitting in the case.... I could see that working five years from now.

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Posted 24 September 2017 - 05:51 PM



I'd be interested in a chip that prevented lost melodeons from being recovered...


Unkind... but funny :lol:

#6 Stephen Selby

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Posted 25 October 2017 - 12:11 AM

Don't buy the thetrackr product. It's not fit for purpose.


There are some small cat tracking devices using GPS which contain a phone SIM and a battery. Maybe it could be hidden inside a concertina case. 


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