[[But now we see that it actually is a real seller... just one that prefers to be rude rather than professional.]]
yeah, it's an indication of something, not sure what, but not something attractive. the facebook page for that business has a youtube of an interview with the guy where he's saying in the same kind of tone you quoted, that shoppers are often disappointed that his instruments cost thousands of dollars and they can't afford to buy them, which is kind of an odd remark.
my new theory is, the party has cash. and they are in a position to move that cash quickly into auctions of dilapidated, unrestored instruments, but dilapidated unrestored instruments that are rare enough that the party can subsequently flip them and still make a profit without doing anything to restore or repair them. perhaps they travel to europe and buy the stuff there, rolling some cool travel into one big fuzzy ball with a business tax write-off.
maybe nowadays you can buy instruments from one continent from auction lots in another continent, and the party wields their cash in that manner, who knows....I guess if you were really flush you could beat out the small uk dealers who go to the auctions there, but do old concertinas go cheap enough at the uk auctions that it'd be worth the duty costs to bring the stuff here and turn it over? I can't believe that old concertinas of this type are showing up in the us---maybe there are some here, and that's how it is being done...
Edited by ceemonster, 25 March 2014 - 10:58 PM.