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About SteveS

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  • Birthday February 7

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    Nordic and English traditional music and song.
    I undertake concertina restorations.
    I play EC: Tenor-Treble Aeola, Baritone-Treble Aeola, Baritone Aeola, Bass, Miniature EC.
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    Asti, Piemonte, Northern Italy

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  1. I too asked some questions and not received any reply. Beware.
  2. I have chatted with HMRC. It seems that my instruments will be classed as luggage (as will everything else in the car) for the purposes of duty, provided they are for my personal use. I was also advised to take pictures to prove ownership prior to departure, and to even ask for some sort of certificate from authorities at the port of departure (Calais for me). I guess a date stamp on the pictures would be important. A good idea is to take a picture on the day of departure of each instrument with the newspaper of the day to show they originated in EU. So I'
  3. Thanks for the link. My instruments are ebonised wood (probably pear), amboyna, spruce, sycamore - I don't anticipate any CITES issues, but will of course, carry out an informed assessment of risk.
  4. Has anyone travelled by car from EU to UK (and vice versa) with a concertina. I'm travelling back to UK (restrictions permitting), probably in July, for a few weeks to see family. I'm hoping to get to play a little with friends in UK, so want to have a 'tina with me. But since Brexit and UKs departure from the customs union, there are now customs formalities on both entry to UK and entry to EU. How to deal with customs on both EU and UK sides? I don't have receipts for instruments that I've had for years. Should I ask the French authori
  5. David makes some very good suggestions for how to deal with security. I usually say to the person overseeing the placing of bags on the conveyer that I have a 'small accordion' in my bag. Sometimes they ask me to take the case from my bag. Most times I'm instructed to leave it in my bag and if it needs to be inspected by hand, I'll be instructed to open it after the x-ray scan. Like David suggests, I never say 'concertina' because of the munitions implications. On the odd occasion I've had security personnel who know what a concertina is and have commented
  6. I think CITES may be the one big problem - the concertinas I have available contain rosewood.
  7. As you may know the concertina is very popular in Bolivian folk music. I've had some enquiries about selling concertinas to players in Bolivia. Has anyone had any dealings with Bolivia and selling/sending concertinas to Bolivia? I'm wondering about any potential issues and/or problems for me. Cheers
  8. I am currently servicing this concertina. Action rebuild, pads, valves, clean, retune to A=440Hz. I should have it ready in about a week. Any interest in freshly serviced and ready to play concertina?
  9. Wheatstone 56 key extended Treble concertina. This was my session instrument for about 10 years until I upgraded to a Tenor-Treble. I haven't played it in many years so it's time to let it move to a new home. It is a fine workhorse of a concertina and will ideally suit a player transitioning to a better quality instrument, or an experienced player looking for a backup session instrument. This concertina has riveted reeds - and has amongst the best reeds and action I have ever played. It's fast, loud, responsive, and has a wide dynamic range. It's an amaz
  10. Wheatstone Aeola 60 key English Baritone concertina - serial number 25873 This is a rare 60 key baritone concertina in need of renovation. Requires all the usual consumables: pads, valves. Also a retune and the metal work polishing. Currently tuned in old pitch. It also has a low F in place of the G# on the right hand side. Includes original case. £3500 Located in Italy. (This was previously listed last year and I withdrew it - I have decided to relist this 'tina)
  11. Lachenal Non-Pariel Treble English concertina - 48 keys, amboyna ends, gold buttons - in need of restoration. Restoration will require all the usual serviceable items: new pads, valves, retune and action set, as well as new thumb straps. This concertina plays very well with fast response and with good volume. It will make a super instrument for someone transitioning from a beginner/tutor concertina. There are a few sticky buttons, but otherwise plays very well. There are issues with the ends. There is some loss of French polish where the thumbs and finger nails have impacted
  12. Lachenal Treble English concertina - 48keys, metal ends - in need of restoration. Restoration should comprise all the usual serviceable items: new pads, valves, retune and action set. This concertina plays very well with fast response and with good volume. It will make a super instrument for someone transitioning from a beginner/tutor concertina. Once restored this will be a super instrument giving many years of musical pleasure. It also has provenance, and includes an invoice from Wheatstone dated 1942. Includes a case. €14
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