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  1. yep i sold the Dipper. Really regret it now, but times were hard. Sorry to hear of the death of Geo, he sent me some tunes and advice on playing it. Glad it has a good home down under.
  2. I am selling my concertina on eBay. It is pitched in g/d and is basically a jeffries body that at some time in it's life has been in the hands of crabb and has had the Jeffries brass reed blocks replaced with aluminium making it much lighter. The buttons are bone and it has had an extra button added on the left hand side in f an octave apart on the push and pull. I boughtmthe concertina off Keith Kendrick whomsold it to raise funds for a louder Jeffries concertina in g/d. The concertina is very fast and responsive and ideal for playing standing due to the reduction in weight the modifications afford. It has a powerful yet mellow tone and benefits from the recent addition of new 7 fold bellows. Before Keith sold it, he had it valued at the music room who stated it should be worth £5000 a 5500 at auction, which obviously is a valuation not reflecting the current financial mess the world is in. It is on eBay with no reserve and I am hoping it will find it value by Market forces. Look here : http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/230855246250?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649#ht_596wt_922 I also have my Marcus deluxe c/g for sale as well. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Marcus-deluxe-Anglo-concertina-c-g-/230855200631?pt=UK_MusicalInstr_Keyboard_RL&hash=item35c00acf77&_uhb=1#ht_500wt_922
  3. Weird, winning bidder from Australia bids in the final seconds and then no contact from him. Looks like the concertina isn't going to South Australia after all!
  4. I've got an old hexagonal wooden case. Someone's paired it black but its in good nick. Drop me your address and I'll post it to you
  5. Winning bidder was from Australia.
  6. If you import use ups. They have their own clearing agents. Also, if you explain to them that the item is totally hand made and not mass produced, you will get the 5% vat rate instead of 22%. I have used them twice when importing high value banjos made by Doug Unger in 2005 and in both cases I had the vat set by ups at 5%. Doug unger only makes a handful of banjos a year and specialises in stunning mother of pearl inlay.
  7. I am going to remove the concertina from eBay if the bidding g dosnt go up to at least $6500 today as the listing can't be removed with less than 12 hours left

  8. Hi Ed

    I paid $8800 from the button box plus a couple of hundred dollars shipping so all in all I paid $10,000 . Mind you button box insisted on insuring for full value which put postage up considerably. I'd post and declare any value you'd feel comfortable with and state on customs forms the instrument is a hand made collectable . my lowest price would be $8000. i

  9. I played this instrument when it was at the Button Box. Absolutely glorious sound; I never heard anything like it. And a wonderful player. If I had the $ I'd buy it in a flash. It is lovely, but not the right key for my needs. I have bought a crab/Jeffries hybrid in g/d and a Marcus deluxe in c/g. Both play fine but none match the beauty of the Dipper.
  10. My link Im selling my Dipper shantyman on ebay at the moment. Its a beautiful concertina but ive just bought a g/d and c/g which are more suitable for my needs at the moment especially as am attending workshops etc were everyone else is in c/g. Anyhow if anyones interested, here is a link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/230828331072?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649
  11. I have just bid several million pounds for the concertina so don't try to outbid me
  12. I recently attended a workshop in Gleanings study centre in Shropshire, Uk, run by Reece Weston. Unfortunately for myself, I turned up with a g/d concertina whereas everyone else had c/g's. Being new to the concertina, I didnt realise that for Irish playing you need a c/g. Never mind, the fingering for the tunes is the same. Excellent workshop by Reece and I came away having learned three tunes. Here is a short video of Reece teaching us a tune http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-_h__fo6jw&feature=youtube_gdata_player
  13. I have sent you an email yesterday offering to buy this concertina. Contact me at spartanrifles@aol.com
  14. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Antique-concertina-Needing-restoration-/110867554655?pt=UK_MusicalInstr_Keyboard_RL&hash=item19d038a15f#ht_500wt_922 Only been on a day, dosnt work and has leaky bellows, what is it a rare Jeffries?
  15. The box may be able to take it but I can't yet. Lovely concertina George, I hope one day to do it justice. As you can see from the surroundings,I am banished to the garage at the moment but hopefully I'll improve and be allowed in the house shortly. Do you have any recommendations for suitable easy tunes, the emphasis being on easy?
  16. Thanks, do you use the air button in midfflow as I seem to keep running out of air or nearly running out of air. It's quite hardto practise a new tune slowly as the slower I play, the more air I use. Getting the right notes is one thing but getting the air seems harder.
  17. Here is a video of me trying to play the dipper after 2 weeks http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwQWWTCnX1s&feature=youtube_gdata_player My link
  18. Great videos Geoff. I enquired about a set of your pipes about 27 years ago when you lived in Mailers flat , but couldn't afford them at the time and ended up buying a Wilkinson McCarthy set from hobgoblin which were to be honest, a pile of trash. I never knew that at the time, and after struggling with them for 6 months, gave up. It wasn't until I met Dicky deegan and tried his set, that I realised it wasn't my lack of piping aptitude, but more the the naff hobgoblin pipes. Since then Ive had a couple of practise sets and more lately, I bought a set of the electronic vpipes which are great for practising but not the real deal. I have some awful vids on YouTube.
  19. Thank you for you gracious good wishes. Sorry for the lack of unfounded trust on my behalf, it's just that I'd read of so many scammers out there i just couldn't risk it. The concertina you have sounds wonderful and its the key I would have naturally gone for, but that said, the f/c dipper I purchased from button box is probably better for a beginner as it's not so harsh on the ears when badly played by a novice. I wish you luck with the sale of your dipper, and had I the funds now, would probably buy it. I only hope in my late years of beginning concertina playing, I can learn to play the f/c dipper i have as well as you can obviously play yours. Regards Neill
  20. Geoff, have you seen this video of Dicky Deagan playing these reels on a set of your pipe:
  21. neill, on 17 March 2012 - 05:57 AM, said: The Same night I received the dipper from button box, someone tried to break into my house. They failed To gain access to the house, but managed to steal several items from my sheds including lawnmowers and a strummer. It's probably just a coincidence, but it really shook me up. I hope the buggers die a slow painful death! Perhaps it would be nice if some robbers stole half the "strummers" from the Irish sessions ! Oops, idont really keep strummers in the shed, but I bury bohdran beaters beneath the patio. The thriving scumbags stole my strimmer. (bloody iPad predictive text)
  22. Yes, my dipper came from button box. I was the runner up in Huckleberry's original auction, and was made a second chance offer, but bottled out of the deal as I was unsure of the legitimacy of the offer due to the scam stories I'd read about eBay 2nd chance offers. I therefore opted to buy the shantyman from button box, which I'm very pleased with but stretched my bank account to it's limit. Huckleberry's dipper is certainly genuine and I only wish he had uploaded the video a bit quicker when he made me the 2nd chance offer. The Same night I received the dipper from button box, someone tried to break into my house. They failed To gain access to the house, but managed to steal several items from my sheds including lawnmowers and a strummer. It's probably just a coincidence, but it really shook me up. I hope the buggers die a slow painful death!
  23. The dipper has arrived safely, I've figured out all the notes and drawn a chart, now to get a book about how to play. It has a lovely mellow sound and not as piercing as the cg Anglos...even my wife dosnt screw her face up too much. Any recommendations for a decent tutor book?
  24. Huckleberry has just uploaded a visor of the dipper on YouTube. His friend sent me an e mail with the link. I feel a bit guilty now, having bought the dipper, but the second chance offer expired a couple of days ago Here is the video, it's sounds ok to me
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