For sale: Dipper County Clare C/G
Posted 16 June 2010 - 03:24 AM
Posted 16 June 2010 - 05:33 AM
I once got to play a fairly early Dipper which was up for sale, but I have to say didn't come up to my expectations - that's not to say it wasn't a very good instrument, but it didn't quite have that "something special". 30 years of being played for morris perhaps had something to do with it. However it led to me acquiring my 'Cotswold', which is indeed a thing of beauty. And the owner of the other instrument got a very good price for it, so everyone's happy.
Posted 16 June 2010 - 07:58 AM
Well Azalin, if you're ever over in my part of the world (south west England) come and have a go on my 1984 Dipper. Yertiz with my Wakker A6 - a handsome pair of beasts I hope you will agree...
Beautiful indeed! A few years ago I visited a friend in Exeter, and also visited the Dippers... seems like there's a bunch of you in south west England!
Posted 16 June 2010 - 07:59 AM
As far as the price of Dippers are concerned, I think that Dipper set far too low a price to start with. I expect this has something to do with the size of his backlog. It's wonderful for concertina players around the world that he has done this, but it doesn't benefit him. The beneficiaries are those of us playing these fine instruments and those people who later decide to sell their instruments.
I wish the seller the best success in selling your Dipper -- and don't apologize for your price objective. It's your instrument and you have the right to set the rules!
Posted 16 June 2010 - 09:25 PM
Posted 16 June 2010 - 10:23 PM
Edited by Azalin, 16 June 2010 - 10:24 PM.
Posted 16 June 2010 - 10:40 PM
Posted 17 June 2010 - 03:47 AM
Find the offending reed and gently ease it out of the slot. It might take some force. Go slowly. If it is too hard to remove then you can clean it in place. Using a piece of thin paper (I use cigarette rolling paper), gently slide it between the tongue of the reed and the reed frame, in and out, up and down, to remove the offending piece of dust. Try not to touch the steel reed with your fingers. Slide the reed back into the slot, seating it carefully, then put the end back on, taking care not to over-tighten the end bolts. It's not brain surgery. Hopefully you'll find that the concertina plays beautifully again. And you'll have learned something about your instrument.
If this doesn't do the trick then at least you'll have gained some knowledge of your concertina, overcome your fear of working on it, and you'll be no worse off than before. A hands-on, basic do-it-yourself workshop should be offered at every concertina gathering.
Again: don't touch the steel reed, don't over-tighten the end bolts, don't force anything, and take your time. I'm sure other people here will offer further suggestions.
Posted 17 June 2010 - 04:45 AM
Posted 17 June 2010 - 08:51 AM
Clears it right up.
Posted 17 June 2010 - 09:22 AM
Posted 17 June 2010 - 01:39 PM
Would anyone like to offer me more? Or perhaps I should ask, Is anyone able to offer more?
Posted 17 June 2010 - 03:07 PM
Posted 20 June 2010 - 08:31 AM
If you have any children, you may consider keeping it in case he, she or they might be interested in it at a later time. It would also increase in value over the years and would be a great asset in your estate for your kid(s) when that time comes.
Posted 20 June 2010 - 12:04 PM
Thus the best offer I've received for my Dipper is US$6,300, which has actually been offered by two people.
My Dipper, by the way, has a Wheatstone layout:
To help refocus this thread, I'll repeat my terms: The buyer will pay for shipping. The concertina is being sold as it is. I would prefer to sell the concertina here rather than on ebay. I will keep this auction-style sale open until (1) I receive an offer of US$10,000 or (2) I decide to sell the concertina for a lower price.
Two people have now tried to coerce me into selling the concertina to them immediately (otherwise, they said, their offers would vanish or drop). I don't appreciate such tactics, and whoever employs them will not have the privilege of buying my Dipper.
Please write me privately if you're interested in purchasing my concertina.
Posted 20 June 2010 - 12:15 PM
Quite honnestly, I think you should sell it on eBay. You could have a minimum bid of $6300, and a BUY IT NOW of $10000 (or a bit less if you want to be realistic...). Putting it on Ebay will help you not to have to deal with sneaky people, for one thing.
Posted 20 June 2010 - 12:40 PM
I've been lucky thus far, thought.
Posted 20 June 2010 - 12:57 PM
I don't know, Azalin. There are a lot of posts here that will support eBay as a clearing house for the unsavoury ... .
I've been lucky thus far, thought.
Well, as a seller, if you *wait* until you get the money to ship the instrument (which is common sense) I don't think there's much risk involved. The worse scenario is that the buyer decides not to honour the purchase, but then, the buyer will get in trouble with eBay.
I think eBay is a bit more risky for a buyer, because you pay for an item you haven't received yet. That's where Paypal can be useful, even if it's a bit of a ripoff...
Edited by Azalin, 20 June 2010 - 12:57 PM.
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