Hi all, my mother bought this Lachenal 48 key English treble concertina (440 wood ends, 5 folds, metal button) from Hobgoblin Music in Birmingham many years ago (10?) for a little under £1000. She realised her ambition of learning to play it, then passed it on to me many years later. I too got a few tunes out of it, (my "best" effort in the link below) but then I realised I'd have to actually put some work into it to get good so gave up and much later decided to sell it.
Hobgoblin Music checked it over and valued it at £1200 and put it on sale in the London shop (Item ID: SORLO14995). They assured me it would sell in time, and advised against lowering the price, but I need the cash so have removed it, and am now advertising it privately hoping for a quick sale at £950 + around £10 for signed/tracked delivery (and I will of course make a contribution to the site here)
Since purchase, it's been carefully stored in my home and my parents' home, both smoke free and pet free environments, and of course it was carefully displayed in the shop, in a locked glass cabinet. I've put lots of images of it on my blog (link below) and also made a short video of it (also below.) I'm not knowledgeable about these instruments, so can only go on what Hobgoblin said, which is that it is a very good instrument without any issues. I've checked that all the notes play and given it a good visual inspection but please ask if there's anything more I can tell you or investigate.
I live in St Neots, Cambridgeshire, but regularly go down to Hatfield, Hertfordshire, and across to Rugby, Warwickshire so if you wish to inspect the instrument, you are welcome to come here, or I can arrange to meet anywhere in a reasonable "corridor" along the A1 or A14!
Best wishes, Iain Petrie
My best...(back in 2012)