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  1. Thanks, Daniel. The concertina is ON HOLD. Edit Note: SOLD
  2. I bought this Anglo C/G Wakker concertina (listed above) from Stephen a few years ago. He custom ordered it while Wim was still living in Europe. I also bought a couple old Wheatstone concertinas from forum member Ben, at the same time. I bought three because I wanted to compare and see which one I liked best. I sold one of the Wheatstones and decided to keep the other one. This Wakker is available again if someone would like to buy it. This is a high quality instrument and in original condition. It's still like new and everything works great. Between the previous owner and myself, it has probably only been played a few hours. It has great carrying power, but I don't play in sessions, so the mellower Wheatstone suits my needs best. Location of this concertina is in the US. PM me if interested. Asking $4400. There's a demo of this instrument on YouTube. Not sure how to get the link on here, but you can search for the title "For Sale - Wakker Concertina C/G Anglo"
  3. You might try surgical tubing. It's spongy/springy and holds the buttons vertically in place by tension. Can be purchased anywhere you find fishing gear FS.
  4. I bought three expensive Anglo concertinas about a year ago, this Wakker and two Wheatstones, just to compare and decide which one I liked best. I resold one of the Wheatstones and spent this last year learning to play, comparing the two, and deciding which one I wanted to keep. Being kind of a mellow guy, I've decided to keep the old Wheatstone because this Wakker is just a little too loud for me. It WILL hold its own in a session though--which I rarely play in. This Wakker W-A1 C/G Anglo concertina is like new. Made in 2007 while Wim was still in The Netherlands, it was custom ordered with several extras like all leather bellows (7 folds), a drone, and raised ends. According to the price list on the Wakker website, and with all options, it comes to a total of $5600 USD. This one is in perfect working condition and has basically never been played. In fact, it may well be the black W-A1 pictured on his website. With a radial reed pan, metal keys, and finest hand made reeds available in todays technology, it sounds as good or better than any 1st quarter century Wheatstone concertina I've ever played. http://www.wakker-concertinas.com/A-1.htm Here's a video I made showing the concertina and case. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oR21cxARdew I don't expect to get full replacement value. Asking $4400 USD + shipping. This is what I paid for it from the original owner. Message me if interested
  5. What the heck is this? http://www.ebay.com/itm/A-BROWN-LECLERC-MELOPHONE-WHEATSTONE-JEFFRIES-LACHENAL-CONCERTINA-GUITAR-/300944516900?pt=Guitar&hash=item4611b0e724
  6. When I was young I played ukulele and guitar. Concertina is a fairly recent thing. I just got back into guitar a couple years ago. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSrkBzJ0WlM
  7. A friend brought me the leather bag for his bagpipes, which had a puncture hole in it, and asked me to fix it. I went shopping at the thrift stores for some similar matching leather (often found in the women's purses section), brought it home and cut out a patch to cover the hole. I was surprised how well it worked. First, I sanded the leather on both surfaces, then applied contact cement (stays flexible), then applied a second coat after the first dried, let it dry till it just barely lost it's stickiness, then clamped it for a day and night. Not sure this works on concertina leather--you'd have to find a clamp with the right reach. If the leak is on a corner or edge, you might have to get creative. But I've seen leather patches overlaid there before...in pictures of concertinas for sale. I would think the outside would be the best place for a patch. Thin leather too so it doesn't interfere very much with closing the folds.
  8. Just saw Mikes post so thought my comments irrelevant.
  9. How wide is the concertina--across the metal end plates? About 6 1/4"? And with the bellows collapsed--one side to the other? With 6 bellows I'd guess about 6"? (closed but not closed super tight). BTW, here's a duet being played... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoNrTS75bbk
  10. This site will give the button layout of the Jeffries duet. The chart is exactly as pictured in Mike's OP...same layout, same number of buttons, same positions. (RH anyway...haven't checked the left with his new pic) http://www.concertina.com/jeffries-duet/
  11. Here's a few links for you to read up on duets--if it is indeed a duet. Duets give the same note pushing or pulling. The lower pitched reeds would be on the LH side, the higher pitched reeds on the RH, like an Anglo. In fact, on one of these links I read that many of these were converted to Anglos. http://www.concertina.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=1285 http://www.concertina.net/iv_duetguide.html http://www.concertina.co.uk/Duet-Concertinas.htm http://hmi.homewood.net/bnick/duet.htm I wouldn't sell it, or accept any offers, till you know a lot more about it. Your concertina may be very rare and valuable.
  12. There's a picture and description of a concertina like this at... http://www.concertina.net/wes_williams_dating.html Scroll down to the picture right above Other Manufacturers
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