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  1. 5 hours ago, Anglo-Irishman said:

    Fascinating!

    Sort of like an Anglo-German in reverse - not German button arrangement with English reeds, but English button arrangement with German reeds! I wonder what it sounds like.

     

    I've never heard of the maker, but Google brought up this item on eBay Germany, which went for €156.- not long ago. Looks very similar to the one in question here.

    Apparently, judging from photos in the Internet, Micklitz made standard, rectangular German Konzertinas, but also some with unconventional button layouts.

     

    Cheers,

    John

    Yes that’s the one that I bought, I had to do a little work, mainly fixing some sticky buttons as the the springs and levers are not as sophisticated as the vintage. Also had re-polish the ends due to some notorious discolouration on the wood that unfortunately wasn’t visible on the photos, but now it looks great and hopefully plays better than when I received it. To be honest I only bought it to look inside as I also found it very rare. (Based on one of the photos I thought it had bushed holes, but it didn’t)

     

    It sounds great, the lower notes sound quite loud, like a baritone treble concertina which makes it great to play chords. A=435 is a lovely pitch definitely. 

  2. Hi John 

    I really appreciate all the helpful information on your comments, I wasn’t aware of certain things.

    The only reason I associate this box with the chinese ones are because of the plastic buttons which imo are not desirable at all since the playability isn’t great. 

    I’ve never had or played a bandoneon before, so I had no idea of the characteristics of this instrument; thanks for the information and sure I will edit the description.

    I myself started with a Hohner english concertina, I can only remember opening it once or twice. As far as I can remember, it didn’t have a reed pan like this german one, instead, there were like 4 pieces folded in (with the reeds inserted). That’s what I meant by ‘foldable structure’. I also had a Gremlin (Stagi) 56 key with the same sort of structure. (Sorry if the description doesn’t make much sense but I cant remember very well!) 

    In terms of sound, certain notes (specially the high notes) sound a little louder than others, I don’t know why this could be. You can’t play very fast with this concertina because of the the plastic buttons and also because the springs are not great quality sprigs such as the vintage english ones. However, the chords sound very nice and I think it would be great for accompanying rather than for solos, but then again is not in modern pitch. 

    Thanks for the information about the pitch and the reeds, I will add it to the description!.

    Unfortunately, although this concertina is more beautiful than the chinese ones, it’s still far from the quality of the vitange ones made in England. Lately, many Lachenal tutor models have been sold on ebay at around £150-300, which is a relatively cheap price and I haven’t yet received an offer for this one, so I’m afraid I can’t sell it for much higher, which suggests me that there is very little interest on concertinas that are not English-made. 

     

    Anyways, thanks again for all the useful information!

  3. Hi, I just put a ‘rare’ german English Concertina for sale on eBay UK. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/English-Concertina-Made-In-Germany/372816298603?pageci=78ebc945-e124-4c9c-8ff6-e0eab841d936 Can’t really find any information online regarding the manufacturer, if anyone has got any relevant information I could add it to the description. 

     

    If anyone is interested drop me a message, I would rather deal outside ebay and contribute a percentage to the forum.

     

    Thanks

     

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  4. Still available and the price has been reduced down to £500, still open to any sensible offer as it needs some reed work. It’s on eBay UK, but I’d rather sell it to someone here and contribute to the forum than pay an eBay fee. PM if interested please.

     

    Cheers.

  5. There is a part of the interview where Chris Algar says: “It was around the late 1980s when the concertina boom really started in Ireland and Ireland then took over a greater proportion of my business. The crash of 2008 changed all that. For a couple of years I struggled to find customers and everyone held their breath to see how bad it was going to get“ 

    Could anyone explain me what happened in 2008? I wasn’t into concertinas back then and I’d like to know. 

     

    Thanks

  6. Just found the exact same listing now on eBay Italy, at 2600€. Tried to contact the seller and didnt get a response. Clearly a scam or someone with a hacked account since the only payment method is “direct bank transfer”. I wonder how eBay allows this... (the concertina does look beautiful though)

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/English-concertina-Wheatstone-60-key-Aeola-Baritone-extended-upwards/254167106359?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160908105057%26meid%3D604adf4dcecc44219a8f77f081d12c1d%26pid%3D100675%26rk%3D13%26rkt%3D15%26sd%3D141805358721%26itm%3D254167106359&_trksid=p2481888.c100675.m4236&_trkparms=pageci%3Ac8c79016-7802-11e9-9e48-74dbd1804016|parentrq%3Ac1c248c716a0aa66c12ada98ffc292b1|iid%3A1

     

    ☝️This link looks weird as well

  7. Hi, I’m selling this nice steel reeded Lachenal EC serial number 28829. 

    It’s advertised on eBay too so you can find a better description there, but basically it just needs some tuning to be fully playable, so if you wish to finish this project I’m open to any offer around £700. The aesthetic part of the concertina is done: new straps, leather bellows, bushes, polished ends etc. It has new valves too, so again it just needs tuning to be finished. (It has a crack on the left end unfortunately, although doesn’t affect the playability). I’m not experienced at all, so I decided to let the experts do the work instead of taking any risk.

    Again I’m open to any good offer (pm me) and I will post within the UK. Any question just ask.

     

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  8. If I’m the seller I’d rather put the item on eBay so that the buyer can buy it from there. Yes there are some ebay and paypal fees, but it’s a safer way in my opinion since eBay protects both the seller and buyer. Same thing if I’m the buyer; I’d ask the seller to put the item up on eBay. I’d rather do that than being a victim of a scam to be fair. 

    In terms of shipping, I use parcelmonkey.co.uk to book a service, they provide many services (royal mail, parcelforce, DHL, dpd...)at a cheap prices. I always used that and never had any trouble, at least in the UK.

  9. On 3/17/2019 at 11:03 PM, saguaro_squeezer said:

    WU took the money and then called me an hour later and cancelled the transaction because they thought it was a scam.  They asked me if I knew the person that I was sending to and I said that we'd corresponded and that it was a part of a purchase but they refused to wire the money.

     

     

    That’s exactly what happened to me as well when I was selling an accordion, but WE didn’t ring me. Somehow (a miracle perhaps) I realised that I didn’t send the correct amount so I went back to the shop to fix that, and then they told me “don’t send money to someone that you don’t know” and I got my money back... The scammer wanted me to send money to Nigeria! Can’t believe how close I was to lose money... 

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