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Jeff H

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  1. This instrument dates to approximately 1895. 32 buttons includes "squeekers" Key is C/G Rosewood ended, bone buttons It looks good and plays well with the following items of note: A few of the papers have browned edges. A small chip of veneer missing on the bottom of the frame. (long ago) Some dye wear on bottom of bellows, otherwise sound. Small cracks, on rosewood veneer on treble end plate. Not bad at all. Hands straps replaced 25 years ago The 5th button down on middle row, spring a bit week. Pads were replaced about 25 years ago Valves in good shape but could be re-curled, refitted or replaced.. Reeds all seem to be original, some surface corrosion.. no rust. Tuning sounds good but some variances from A440 as in 1-8 cents.. most at 4. One at 9. Still has original baffles and small oval tags. Thumb screws original. Case screws original. Has hard wood case. Price is $1600.. shipping fixed at $25 in Lower 48. 48 hour approval. You will pay return shipping if declined. Instrument lives in Oregon. Photos on request. Jeff Hildreth five 4 one 8 four six one 3 seven three or jefe 46 attttt earthlink dought netttttt
  2. In addition, the "Cajun" accordeons have 4 reeds... 1 low, 2 middle and 1 piccolo. Also, they have two dedicated bass buttons..
  3. Many years ago at Petosa Accordions in Seattle Wa I found a Holmwood for sale, unfortuantaely I could not afford it at the time. I have long regretted not selling my soul to buy it. I am also interested. Thanks Jeff in So Oregon.
  4. Jeff H

    Jeffries G/D

    http://www.elderly.com/vintage/items/160U-507.htm I am not the seller/owner FYI only The instrument and case look familiar.
  5. I play mostly one row and a bit of 2 row. Morris was the key word... if you are going to play Morris, no choice... D/G is the key system D/G is most common in England and New England... other than that.. G/C seems to be the most common key system... even in the States.. as an example.. Tex Mex was pioneered on G/C Hohn er Pokerwork 2 rows I have not seen Maggies Melodeon tutor but I do have the Mallinson stuff... dating back to when I bought them direct from Mally himself. There are more tutorials for G/C and IMO to a high standard.. as in the Milleret/Pignol available form the Button Box Also the Caruhel is quite good. In concertina.. I prefer the sound and utility of G/D.... I would agree that c/G is the stabdard for Irish for anglo but also that the majority of concertinas seem to be C/G and of course I think most folks who use the C/G are playing Irish. I play a very little Irish on one row but mostly fiddle tunes and Quebec. On two row, French trad. and a smattering of other stuff... all in G/C ( though I prefer Bb/Eb and one day will acquire a quality box in that key system) Back to the oroginal question 2 row an D/G for Morris or G/C for a much larger range from French to Tex Mex to Marengue Tipico and Quebec
  6. Ypu said you also wanted to play Morris. That means D/G. Simple as that. So the key system is resolved. Now as to the instrument. I would strongly recommend a used Hohner Pokerwork and made in Germany. Buy it from a reputable dealer. Theo or Rees Wesson in the UK are straight shooters In the US.. the Button Box Another option and more money would be a new Hohner Morgane My problem with D/G is the G row will kill a ground squirrel at 500 yards. Much too high pitched for me I just sold a New ( 1 hour play time) Castagnari Hascy only because of the pitch. Now that we're done with the D/G I suggest you get a G/C just as the universal Anglo concertina is a C/G the universl key system for a melodeon is G/C and my preference ( next to a Bb Eb.. not recommended for general use) There is more tutorial information for G/C than any other system. The first Tex Mex style player used a 2 row Hohner Pokerwork in G/C NOT a three row G/C/F.. excellent all around key system.... For a G/C box get a Pokerwork or get an Erica. Black is rare and my favorite... the Button Box has one now.. again.. get one made in Germany
  7. In another life, a life of "customer service".... I would often give "free" advice.. after years of banging my head at the thickness and ingratitude of some folks.. I made a sign.... Though I hid this behind my office door... the message is appropriate Due to the numerous complaints about our free service, there will be no more free service.
  8. My Great Grandfather arrived in the United States in 1883. He had emigrated from Salnau,Austria,Bohemia according to the ships records. With him was his 2 1/2 row 2 reed octave tuned low end D/G button accordeon. 10 Buttons each in the first 2 rows and 4 in the 1/2 row. The treble buttons are glass or porcelain spheres. The six bass buttons appear to be turned bone; rather long elegant mushrooms. The Bellows are all leather with no metal corners, red and blue. Internally the reeds are handmade and on brass frames. The action is quite complex with the fingerboard mounted in the middle of the soundboard. Kinda of a Norton double knocker affair I play this accordeon frequently. He played it for the family and for dances and parties in Seattle for 50 years.
  9. Who me ? Alias , naw ! FInding a decent accordeon new or used is a bit difficult if you live in the States. Thanks for the replies Beermo Garfuliack
  10. I am looking for a well made, excellent condition-plus ,Itailian made diatonic button accordeon Configuration and key system not as important as condition. Appreciate any offerings or referrals to something of good value. Thanks
  11. What is the serial number and do you have a photo of the instrument with the "hand rest " modification ?
  12. Stephen, That being the case, did he do anything to protect his design?
  13. Wim, Thank you for the reply and echoing ( from a more experienced position than mine) my opinions on the subject. More often than not, the abuses of patent and copyright are not by the manufacturer but by others who intervene. Design elements can be trademarked, but if not, then the designer has let go his interest. This has recently been proved here in the states in lawsuits lost by both Fender and Gibson guitar companies. If I was a retailer I would not sell bootlegged goods and perpetuate an alleged violation of someones rights. And as a player/potential buyer I would not knowingly purchase bootlegged goods. My position is also based on having been ripped off when a "friend" patented a design of mine and was in production before I was aware.
  14. Congrats ! And a similar and connective story I bought a 38 Button C Jeffries from Star Concertina in Ab/Eb for the princely sum of $300 around 1993 ish However it was in tacky shape and needed restoration, but all there and original.
  15. Reyes Accordions is 99.9374517354 % 3 row Tex Mex Conjunto Norteno style discussion; a little Vallenato.. but miniscule. My observation .. it is rare to find something of true interest and value there.. but there is the occasional nugget of wisdom. They also seem ( note I said "seem" ) to resent intrusion and are very defensive when facts are introduced to contest misinformation. In spite of the modest quality and grossly obscene prices of Gabbanellis , many have bought into the myth and defend them to the death There is a major division between the Hohner players and the Gabb defenders of the faith. This has been going on for years and its 12,436 th chapter.
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