So several months ago I made the switch from English to the Duet. I purchased a flawless used Peacock Special ($2900 new) from the Button Box in November- It is in excellent condition and plays wonderfully, but I miss my Baritone English. The Hayden system is fantastic for playing pretty straightforward tunes and easily lets me accompany groups, but I miss all of the accidentals and lower bass notes.
For Sale is a Concertina Connection Peacock Duet Special. Below are the Specs from Wim Wakker's site. FYI Wim will accept this instrument in the trade-up program- it goes with the instrument, not the owner. Comes with a hard case. $2500. Will split shipping.
The Peacock is a 42 key hybrid Wicky (Hayden without the keyboard slant) duet concertina designed and developed by the Concertina Connection® Inc.. The instruments measures 7 inch across the flats. The Standard and Special models are available with ebonized (black) or natural finished ends.The custom is available in a variety of harwoods.
Peacock special: standard natural finish with "Wakker" bellows
Specifications for all Peacock Wicky/Hayden duet models:
Italian hand made accordion reeds
traditional riveted brass action traditional hand made brass end bolts and inserts traditional flat top or domed metal capped buttons bushed key holes and action leather 6 fold bellows hardwood ends, frames, action boards and reed pans