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  1. Interesting that when I contacted BB in early July about a repair on my Wheatstone, they said they were full up and it would be three months before I could send it in. I inquired if they might take it as a trade-in and was told Doug would call me...never has. In the mean time, I may send my Wheatstone to an excellent tech in Wisconsin. Now I am wondering how it should be sent (USPS or UPS...certainly not Fed-EX). It will be double boxed and in its hardshell case. I learned long ago about the need for double boxing in NEW boxes if it is something valuable and/or fragile.
  2. I did buy it for $1500. Also, earlier in this thread is a discussion saying model 21s have wooden grills...mine is nickel plate (nice and shiny). Is that a change made with model 21s later in the 20's? Mine also has a 6 fold bellows. It does need to be tuned to modern pitch and I have a good man lined up to do that.
  3. I also play mandolin and Gibson is perhaps the most famous maker. Gibson also went through a low quality period from late 50's into the early 80's, largely due to the dominance of the guitar and low demand for mandolins. That has all changed in the last 40 years with a good number of quality hand-built instruments available now.
  4. Bob at Homewood recommends sending my Wheatstone repair to Button Box.
  5. My first choice, Chad Walker is a certified technician specializing in tuning, fine-machine ... He is a graduate of the Accordion-Concertina Repair and Technician's School. He has been practicing at least 10. years.
  6. These concerns are one thing that keeps me from sending it off. I may just wait till one of the excellent concertina specialists has an opening. I'm on the list for Button Box. Is there anyone in Texas or the vicinity?
  7. I remember the first time I heard a concertina played in person...it was a duet. It was a beautiful/simple/complex sound. Then next was an Irish band...completely different energetic experience. Right now I have an English which I enjoy as an alternative to playing my Cajun box. Every instrument has its place.
  8. Certainly it is. I guess I was just being "nice" about it.
  9. I certainly know $2500 for any Wheatstone that needs repair is a gamble at best and the 1963 for sale may fall further onto the gamble scale. The owner of the '63 should at least have sent it to a good shop for a repair estimate before putting it up. There is also a 1907 ebony model 6 for sale...fully restored and priced at $4500. That seems like a fair retail price, but not a bargain. I see so many instruments up for sale on Ebay that need extensive repair and I have purchased a couple over the years...from such comes an education.
  10. Just saw a 1963 Wheatstone English 48 key up on Ebay... asking $2500.00. The metal grill is tarnished, one button is sunken, the bellows leather need some attention. What might it cost to restore? What would it be worth then? I doubt it will sell at the asking price. Just curious.... I'm sending my 1927 English off for service Monday. It's already in better shape than the one up for sale.
  11. I agree. I have thought about what I would like and dislike. I prefer a repaired instrument over one that needs work unless it is a very good bargain. I purchased the Wheatstone for a very nice price with lots of room for repair. It plays very well, but loses too much air (about 15-18 sec bellows stretch-out). Could be something as simple as the air valve itself. I am planning on sending off to a master repairman Chad Walker who I know from when he was in Austin (now in Wisconsin). He can handle all free reed instruments. I contacted Button Box and they have a 3 month waiting list. Other repairmen suggestions are welcome. I play button accordion, penny whistle, mandolin, tenor guitar. I have always been interested in concertina though (and always up for learning a new instrument).
  12. I want to address the expense issue. A guitar, melodeon, and most other musical instruments can be every bit as expensive as any concertina. A well made quality instrument will help you grow into playing it. I think you should concentrate on Anglo/English/'Duet question and which will do what you want. Don't even think about the expense yet. Perhaps you could find a way to "try-out" the various forms of the concertina before buying. I know I spent a lot of money "trying out" various instruments before finding what "works" for me. On the other hand, the process of exploration can be very pleasurable.
  13. That is my feeling. If I have it repaired it would be to keep it. Thanks. I have an excellent repair shop that estimates only 3 weeks for the work. The Button Box says 3 months plus time for repair.
  14. Let me just say I have sold many instruments (cameras as well) over the years for financial reasons and have regretted doing so. For the most part, the sales ended up being a net negative financially. Keep it and enjoy playing it. A good instrument makes you a better player. They are never "beyond you".
  15. My Wheatstone English Treble (made 1927) needs some work to be fully playable. All reeds sound nicely, but it leaks somewhat (new pads perhaps?) and could be tuned to modern 440. Doesn't need a full restoration. I have been thinking of selling it. Would it be best to have the work done first or sell as-is? Still...I should keep it.
  16. Yes! Serial number is 31734. Sorry for the error.
  17. Great to know 6 folds was an optional extra. Positive now my 1927 M21 is all original. Been enjoying it so far.
  18. Also, a Quebecois accordion is NOT a Cajun accordion. They are fine instruments, but have many subtle differences, especially in the tuning.
  19. I've played Cajun accordion for many years...a Le Capitaine brand made by Danny Dyson in Lake Charles (no new orders now) and a Bon Tee by Larry Miller. First thing you need to know is the design of the reed blocks on the 4-voice Cajun box is different than the majority of single row melodeons. The tuning is also different. The community of builders are close and share techniques, parts, etc. Reeds are top quality Italian as well as things such as straps, bellows, etc. The frames, reed blocks and many small parts are hand made. There is no comparison between a good hand-made Louisiana box and other "cajun" accordions. One secret is the tuning of the 3rds. Check out the videos by Marc Savoy. He will say that if you want to play, you first need to immerse yourself in Cajun music first and make the songs part of you. Preferably from the time you are born. I guess you would have to be raised in SE Louisiana for that to happen best, or at least visit often.
  20. Now I see an ad for a 1917 model 21 that looks just like my 1927 and it has the "original 6 fold bellows"...??? Now I am thinking mine has its original 6 fold bellows....does it really matter? It is as it is and I LIKE IT ! Enough worrying over this. Get on with improving my playing.
  21. After examining it, pretty sure the original 5 fold bellows have been replaced by 6 fold. The production book does show #31734 to be a 21 with polished nickel ends. 1927 model 21s had 5 fold bellows. Regardless, it plays beautifully.
  22. That is my question. They are not obviously new, but may have been replaced 20-30-more years ago. Doesn't bother me. 6 folds would likely be an improvement over 5. May never know. It plays well and may have been worked on since it was new. No worries.
  23. My Wheatstone is serial number 31374 is listed in the production ledgers with a Dec 1927 date, Model 21, nickel covers. That matches, but the brochure of that time says model 21s have 5 fold bellows. Mine has six folds. Later brochures in the 30's do say model 21s come with 6 fold bellows. Is this sort of thing common?
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