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    Music, RC helicopters, building and repairing stringed instruments... and now a concertina here and there :)
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  1. Can’t we just keep this about the instrument and it’s history? I am trying to be positive. They did tell me how a guy from Texas offered $2500, then $1500, then wanted free shipping, then wanted no tax, etc. etc. One of the many stories. It was all quite embarrassing to me as I’ve worked hard to promote the concertina in my area. I’ve learned a lot of lessons through all this. I really don’t want to talk about all the negative parts of this sale. Believe me, I’ve had countless negative experiences with the concertina as a commodity. I’m really surprised I made it sometimes when I was us
  2. Everyone of my concertinas has their stories... This is probably going to be really boring to most so beware... I completely let this one go as their original $3500 asking price was way too high and my original assessment of the instrument was that it was really poor with multiple notes sounding, etc. and I couldn't see inside and the war era, etc. I felt that I’ve seen all this before so said forget it. I made them what I thought was a fair offer based on c.net comments, etc. and that was the end of it. Then a few weeks later there was all the sudden c.net interest
  3. Thanks Stephen. You are right... this one completed fooled me. Probably the debris in it. Humbled again! I spent all day working on it so it should be good for another 80 years now. Just have to fix the case’s leather hinge. Thanks again.
  4. I purchased this concertina after a lot of back and forth and then a sudden advertised price drop and a late night phone call to me accepting my initial offer. A local one family instrument which doesn’t come up often in my area so I’m glad it worked out. Very clean, no rust, no warping, air tight 8-fold bellows, wrist straps, air button, red baffles, nickel plated ends. Case is pristine except for broken leather hinge. There is no signs that it has ever been repaired or touched inside. It came with a small spare parts kit including 4 each of those long pinky rest and thumb strap screws I
  5. Button is now fixed. I didn’t notice it at first. I’ll continue to tweak things as they come up. A few pads may need changing too but I’m hoping they wii seat in again and some curled valves and a few sticky end plate bushings but I’ll just play it as is for now to see how it continues to wake up. I’ve been doing full range chromatic scales up and down on push and pull to get all the reeds working again. So far, really impressed at its expression with its tone and superior dynamic range. Not what I expected from my first initial impression. My musician wife was smiling away last night ad
  6. I ended up buying this concertina after the store called me late at night a few days ago with a very low offer. So bizarre! I let it go but it came back to me. I opened it up at the store to see what type of reeds, etc. and it was absolutely spotless with zero rust and it played much better than at my first visit with no notes sounding, just stuck reeds. Brought it home... after a little bit of Connolly hide care and cleaning out a bunch of debris that had caused the pads to stick open and to clog reeds, it now plays really well. One squeaky reed left to tweak and a slightly
  7. After calling last night, I just dropped by the store and showed the owners a playable unrestored concertina I recently purchased for $300. I was sure there would never be a sale between us however I was still curious to see if it had brass or aluminum reeds and what type of chambers, etc. I wanted to help answer the questions here and felt sorry for this neglected 80 year old instrument sitting in its case for maybe 50 years and the unconditioned bellows being played and maybe cracking. Instruments need to be loved! i was willing to make a high as possible offer mysel
  8. I can look at it again if anyone is really interested in it at this price. I can ask to take a look inside and send a few photos if you want me too. Do a short video maybe.
  9. I looked at it in person. It was in unrestored condition. I have described the tone above. It was priced as if fully restored and as much as I get excited when I see an EC for sale, I painfully had to reject this one. Chris Algar has fully restored and tuned ones available for much less. The value is 60 to 70% top period as discussed above. I could look at it again and ask the owner to let me open it up and take a few photos. I’ve been trying to stay away from it though as I know how I am... I hate to see instruments sit around like this unrestored and so may have mercy on it. Over the
  10. Thanks Geoff. It is an untouched original even with the baffles still in place and really no visible playing wear so somewhat interesting to me. I don’t think it will sell too soon as the shop is asking full price as if it were restored. If I don’t purchase it then I hope it goes to a home that will appreciate and play it. It may not be the instrument for me as I already have a top end tenor-treble fully restored but you don’t see these come available in my area very often. It would be interesting to see inside. Maybe quickly glue in place the loose pads so I can play a tune on it. I wa
  11. I viewed a 1942 48 button Wheatstone Aeola today in a pawn shop. It has very little playing wear but is unrestored. It had been stored for maybe 60 years. Pads are loose, notes are sounding, it fails hang test miserably. It has 8 folds which seems a bit unusual. I wasn’t able to open it up. Tone is decent, medium loud, baffles are still there. It has exceptionally good dynamics. My question is on it’s worth. What would be a reasonable offer for a war time Aeola with little playing wear but completely unrestored? Thanks
  12. Concertina Spares is the only place that I know of as a major source to get those old vintage bits and pieces. Thankfully these instruments were built by hand with simple machines which made them so good and long lasting. So any of the parts including buttons, levers, reeds, etc (except maybe a glass button) can be built in a small shop with the simplest of equipment and tools. The good old days!!! Has there yet come along anything better than leather! A carbon fibre Concertina with ceramic reeds and plastic bellows anyone? I hope everything is ok with Mark and as I said, he d
  13. I have not had a good experience with getting parts from Mark even though he’s apologized to me multiple times and promised to help me over and over. It’s been over 3 years, almost 4 and my Aeola project is still on hold. I mainly ordered some strap screws, end bolts, missing buttons, some felt and leather, etc. and paid a good amount which I thought was fair but I had to return a lot of the parts as they weren’t even close to mine even though photos and precise measurements were first sent. I then emailed more photos. I even posted him full size photocopies in the mail of parts along with th
  14. I've had coils that are too small work there way underneath the levers and stop the pads from closing. Can anyone summarize what the ideal button pressure is for different types of concertinas and different playing techniques. I've always wanted to have the opportunity to play Simon Thoumire's concertina for example. I love the way he does cuts, strikes and rolls. Does he prefer a light action or heavey? Low buttons? Short or long button travel?
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