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Paul Hurst

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  1. Re the number of buttons - I was looking for a versatile instrument that I can explore grow into over time, so started off looking for a 48 by preference, with a suitable quality 55 as an option due to the limited availability of decent Cranes. Having ended up with a 51 (Little John's, actually), I'm well pleased - not sure if I have the reach to cope with any more, and can avoid feelings of 'if only' at a later date.  

  2. Thanks to everyone for your offers and advice, I've bought a 51b Dipper that has met or exceeded all my requirements.

     

    Thanks also to Chris at Barleycorn for his expert advice regarding establishing a fair value, was a great help.  

  3. Many thanks for your advice, Peter.

    The Wheatstone is still on approval, I realised very quickly that I wanted to take up the duet again, but with a higher quality instrument. I've been spoiled by my other boxes apparently.

    Yes, Chris offered to give me a full px value against another instrument later on - we both though that it could be a long time before something suitable came up.

    This has not proven to be the case, though, I've heard from two people on this site, as well as a couple from the Facebook group and there are two serious contenders, one as a final purchase, and another as a 'Plan B' to be getting along with if necessary. 

    Hope to have things sorted within a couple of weeks.

    The Crane I had long ago was huge, forgotten how many buttons, bur the smaller size and weight appealed a lot more this time, hence the range chosen - included 55b ones to widen the choice available, but agree about 48b being a Goldilocks size, for me, anyway.

    Paul 

  4. With the extended lockdown, I’ve gone back to playing a Crane Duet.

     

    Picked up a 1950s 48b Wheatstone for now from Chris Algar, but looking for a top quality one long term.

     

    I like the size of the 48, but would go up to a 55b one if necessary considering the rarity of the little critters now.

     

    Many thanks Paul

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