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    Folky Clothing Website

    Interesting. I like the Lachenal t-shirt, although I would make the logo a bit bigger in my opinion. I’d also love to see a Wheatstone logo. Very nice.
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    48key English Lachenal

    Hi everyone. Never really planned to sell this concertina, but I thought I’d just put it up for sale to see if someone is interested. I’m not in a rush to sell it either. It’s a Lachenal 48 key english concertina. I’m not too sure if it’s the actual inimitable or not, but regardless of that, it plays beautifully. It has brass reeds, but it doesn’t sound too quite - a bit louder and certainly better than any tutor model in my opinion. It’s fully restored and tuned to concert pitch A=440Hz so in terms of condition it’s excellent. Cosmetically, it’s in immaculate condition, no signs of wear use whatsoever. The bellows are in excellent condition with a nice compression and no air leaks at all I don’t wanna say it’s like “new” (because it’s a vintage instrument obviously) but there absolutely nothing faulty and anything that affects the playability. If you are interested please message me for the price. Postage within the UK is at £14.99 special delivery. Can ship worldwide at the buyer’s expense. I could possibly consider trade ins.
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    Joseph Higham labels on EC

    Not sure if it’s an actual inimitable or not, but yes it has brass reeds and a lovely sound. I forgot to ask Chris Algar about the history of this concertina.
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    Joseph Higham labels on EC

    Yes that’s website that I looked but still couldn’t find any mention or pictures of a concertina.
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    Joseph Higham labels on EC

    That’s the only bit of information that I found about him, I thought he was a maker or restorer. I’ve had a Lachenals in the past labelled Wheatstone and Crabb, who obviously were makers, so I thought Higham could have been a maker. I find it interesting that Lachenal concertinas had different labels; wouldn’t that be sort of “ilegal” nowadays?
  6. Hi all Does anyone know anything about Joseph Higham and his relation with concertinas? Not long ago I acquired this beautiful Lachenal English concertina from Barleycorn Concertinas. What draws my attention is the fact that it has a “Joseph Higham” label on. I’ve been trying find some information about Joseph Higham manufacturers and I can’t really find much that relates him with concertinas, other than he had a music shop/factory in Manchester? Is not uncommon to see Lachenal concertinas badged under a different name or manufacturer. Nevertheless this concertina plays beautifully and even looks like the inimitable, just with brass reeds. The serial number is 19082.
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    Duet concertina value?

    That looks beautiful! I’m guessing is in concert pitch? Just out of curiosity how much would you ask for it?
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    Parsons Farwell ( to timing! )

    Sounds really good to me, I never played a duet but I would imagine the difficulty of the instrument is the coordination of the left-right hand like an accordion or piano?
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    Duet concertina value?

    I’ll have a look now, by the way is yours a 35 key?
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    Duet concertina value?

    Is this question directed at me?
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    Duet concertina value?

    Hopefully the seller wasn’t a diehard person and we sorted out the return already. He clearly doesn’t know anything about concertinas and yet he said the description was correct when there wasn’t any description at all! Thanks very much for your offers, although I returned the concertina already, I might buy another concertina from an auction in the next couple of weeks/months, and if I need new spares I will let you know as I want to get some experience repairing.
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    Duet concertina value?

    The good thing is that you could check the condition prior to buying it. If only I had the opportunity to know what the condition of the condition of the concertina was I wouldn’t have bought it at all. Mine is even worse, almost unplayable and too much air leaks. It pretty much needs a full tlc with new everything (new fretwork, buttons, valves, pads, springs, bellows, straps... etc). As much I want to get some experience with restoring concertinas the best thing to do is just return it as I wouldn’t be able to restore it myself and it would cost me more than concertina itself. Yes the EC Crabb that I posted was a Lachenal labeled Crabb. I part-exchanged it with Chris Algar for another concertina, but at least that one was playable and worth the price.
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    Duet concertina value?

    No I made an offer of £325 for it and the seller accepted it (he wanted £400!) I didn’t “bid” on it but it ebay marks it as if I bidded, and £99 is due to the starting price of the auction. A bit confusing I know
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    Duet concertina value?

    How much did you buy yours for?
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    Duet concertina value?

    Seems to be rosewood I doubt it’s mahogany. I paid £325 for it and restoring it would cost me a lot of money and time because there is a lot to do. But even if I restore it and then want to sell it, I could only sell it for around £500, so I’d be loosing money. I’ll just return it hopefully eBay protects the buyer.