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  1. It never fails to amaze me: people post here, only with a link to a "for sale" post somewhere else. If you want to sell it here, post it here. And if you sell here, give the credit here.
  2. Now it is no longer available. Donation sent to concertina.net.
  3. This concertina is now back for sale.
  4. I did buy the Swan but if I started over again, I wouldn't buy it. For about the same amount of money, I recommend instead getting a better 20-button. Later on, when you are ready to upgrade to a good 30-button, you can keep the 20-button as a spare or for travel. There are plenty of tunes that can be played with a 20-button. If you get the Swan now and later upgrade, I think you'll find the Swan frustrating and you won't want to keep it.
  5. I replied to all PMs. Thanks for the interest.
  6. I bought this from a member here a few years back to try out G/D. Then I found that that G/D did not interest me as much as I thought it would. Also, I came back to classical guitar about 1.5 years ago (after many years giving it up due to an injury on my left thumb, which has been getting better) and found that I spent more and more time playing guitar. The G/D Ceili in particular spend most of her time in the case. So I'm thinning the concertina herd. The concertina is in excellent condition. She has been upgraded with a set of wonderful Kensington handrests that Dana Johnson was kind enough making them for me (original handrests are included). The original case is included. Price: $2000, including FedEx Ground shipping to 48 US states. Please contact me for shipping to other locations. Ceili-notechart-GD-Jeffries.pdf
  7. I have a chance to play a Vintage. It is a beautiful instrument. The sound is bright (for sure brighter than your Kensington), not necessarily a bad thing. The buttons are light and even. I myself prefer delrin to metal, however. The bellows are very soft, in fact, too soft to my taste. Even when new, you close the concertina, and put it down, the bellows don't expand much, may be 1/4 - 1/2 inch. IMHO, the softness of the bellows makes the concertina less stable when being played fast. Note that I'm not commenting on the quality of the bellows, which I think is quite good. I haven't played many concertinas, but among the ones I could get my hands on, I best like the feeling of the Morse Céilí bellows. They feel just right, not too hard nor too soft, when new and when well-played. By the way, I had a chance to deal with Sean Garvey, the owner of The Irish Concertina Company, on some issues regarding shipping. It was not his fault, but he was very nice and very accommodating.
  8. BustedFlat, You're first. PM me with your shipping address. I'll ship it to you next Thursday (too late for me today).
  9. I bought it a while back to see if Anglo concertina is for me. I since then upgraded and it's been sitting in its soft case. It's definitely slow; but from what I can tell, everything works as it should. Included: the instrument + soft case (as pictured). Price: the cost of FedEx Ground shipping from ZIP 94621 + US$ 1 (so that I can brag that I've made profit on the deal 😃 ) + a donation to concertina.net. The amount of the donation is of your choice; you don't have to tell anyone about it. You can pay me (Paypal F&F or check) and make the donation after receiving the instrument. If you want to give it a good home. Please reply here (so everyone knows that it's been taken) and send me a PM. Note: I can ship only on Thursday. Please be patient.
  10. I don't know about shipping from Canada, but the statement above, in my experience, is true for shipping from the US. I used to sell photography gears and shipped many cameras/lenses to overseas. I always used USPS. At least the import/export charge, if any, was known up front. I never had a case in which the shipper held the package hostage until the 'fee' (of which amount I would have no control over) was paid. But the original question is about shipping from Ireland to the US.
  11. I bought a USD 800 concertina from McNeila. Shipping was quick and I didn't have to pay anything more than what McNeila charged me. But exactly 2 years ago, I bought a USD 3200 concertina from another seller also in Ireland. UPS hold it hostage until I paid them $200 (or $250?) "import fee". I think it was because the declared value exceeded a certain limit (USD 2500?). It was not the seller's fault. He was surprised by the 'import fee' as well and offered to pay for it but I didn't want him to. He later tried to make up for the trouble by sending me a nice soft case.
  12. That’s a given. Even something like Roland V-accordions (I have a few) can not replace their acoustic counterparts. But if someone sold a V-concertina that’s similar to the V-accordions, I’d be the first in line. The best concertina (replace “concertina” with anything you’d like) is the one you have at hand. The iPad concertina and iPad accordion have kept me busy many times when the “real thing” was not available.
  13. Make a mask.... The mask is 2 parts:- A clear acetate sheet. Something like this.- An adhesive foam sheet. Something like this.I made a photocopy of the app on the iPad screen, attached the photocopy to the foam sheet (watch out for the orientation and the side with adhesive), then punched away with a hollow punch tool like this. Then I attached the punched foam sheet to the acetate sheet.I glued velcro dots at the corners of the iPad and of the mask to keep the mask from moving around.
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