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Ed Stander

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  1. Stephen, Yes - I think we are all trying to save the planet. I certainly do what I can. However, there is a big difference between transporting endangered products produced 70 years ago, and killing a Hawksbill Tortoise today for its shell. In the former case, nothing can be done. The latter case is a crime against the Earth. What is important is the separation of the one from the other. Cites understands this, which is why one must prove provenance and age in order to allow transport of endangered items. My only reason for comment was to note that we can usually prove the provenance and age of a concertina, and in doing so can attest that an live endangered animal was not recently killed to produce the instrument.
  2. For those interested in the status of Cites and tortoise shell concertina, Cites allows the international shipping of Hawksbill Tourtoise Shell products, as long as the production date is earlier than the listing date of the product in Appendix 1 of the Cities document. In the case of Tortiose Shell, the date is April 2, 1977. Fortunately for us, the date of production is effectively stamped on the instrument itself, suggesting that the reception of a Cites permit should be relatively straightforward...
  3. http://www.nickelodeonco.com/20-note-concertina-midi-for-sale.html Worth a listen. All one needs is a dancing bear, and the world becomes an oyster. I remember going to Hamburg years ago and approaching a fellow with a monkey and street organ. I asked him how it worked, and he introduced me to the wonders of midi.
  4. You guys are so tough. He's playing everything with his left hand. You just can't see it... On the other hand, I think he's lip syncing.... E.
  5. Jim - I agree with you, but would go a bit further, and suggest that the three spaces are to test triads, thereby allowing the removal of beat frequencies. Best i can suggest.... Ed.
  6. Just for the record, I asked Rosalie about the Concertina in question. Here was her response: No 117 was completed in 1989 and is a small-size instrument with 5mm brass buttons. The wood is padauk and carved with a brass inset and with dark green bellows with mermaid papers. It had raised handbars and was tuned in F+C and was sold including fitted special mahogany carrying case for £755.00. Looks like the buttons were changed at some point, elsewise the same instrument. It further looks like times (and prices) have changed in the interim! Best - Ed
  7. Sqz, Given that we're talking about concertinas, my guess is that Inventor is talking about moral compasses. Steel doesn't play into it at all.... E.
  8. Going out on a limb here.... The original owner was a circus performer, and may have well used the concertina in his act. I'm thinking, for example, of several performers i have known who playied instruments while on the high wire. Such use can explain several things, including the heavy duty bellows, the somewhat larger size, and the replaced ends. E.
  9. Check the U.S. harmonized tariff schedule (HTS) on-line for musical instruments and antiques to get the latest info on shipping. Give the shipper the HTS number, and have him display it on the packing to save time at customs. If you have it shipped as an antique, you'll probably be limited as to how much insurance can be placed on the instrument. Post is faster and cheaper than courier - and is less likely to suffer clearance charges. E.
  10. Right, and Sorry - yes his name is Mitch Manger. I've been trying to forget. Best - Ed
  11. Sorry to be so late in the conversation... Marcmaudio and antiquity music, and around a dozen other pseudonyms belong to Mitch Mitchell in California. He typically buys items cheaply, and sells them dearly, often lying in the process. I've dealt with him in the past and have had problems - he sold me a poor item which I returned. Upon the return, he told me that I had switched out parts of the item (an impossibility), and that he would not accept the return. He finally relented, but it was not a fun deal. I'm certain he has the item in question. Just be forewarned that he doesn't take kindly to accepting returns, and he always makes sure he takes in a healthy profit when he flips the items. His specialty, by the way, is Deagan percussion instruments. If you search under those, you'll find him all over the place. Best - Ed
  12. No interest? It actually does sound really nice, and is very reasonably priced... I'll even cover shipping, provided its not too much. Best - Ed
  13. Actually, my cat likes it. The dog, on the other hand, doesn't like the cat. E.
  14. Hey - Doesn't anyone else out there like Peiking opera? Sounds great on the concertina!
  15. Thank you, all. The concertina has sold. Anyone interested in the piccolo? Best of all - Ed.
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