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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.
  16. Dave: Have you ever listened to Peiking Opera? She loves the stuff. 'Nuff said... Ed.
  17. Well - it doesn't like my pictures. If you would like to see them - please contact me and I'll send them along! E.
  18. Here's another instrument that must go to pay for a kitchen - it is a 56 note extended treble Ambonya Wheatstone Aeola English concertina (s/n 35615) that was put into excellent playing condition by the Button Box some 10 years ago. it is fast, sweet, and entirely enjoyable to play - steel reeds in brass shoes. It was played professionally early in its life by a lady with longish fingernails, leaving marks about some of the keys, but this is hardly a problem when playing. I would like $2500 for this instrument, with shipping, which is really a steal considering how well it plays. What more can I say? If you have any questions, let me know, and in the meanwhile - enjoy the pictures. Best - Ed
  19. I purchased this instrument on a certain auction site some time ago. I don't know why i purchased it - I don't play anglo concertina. Despite this, I sent it out to Wim Wakker for repairs - who did an excellent job cleaning, polishing, repairing, and tuning it. Despite the fact that I really don't play anglo concertina, this turned out to be a fun purchase. It is a piccolo (or soprano, if you prefer) aeola of recent vintage (s/n 54846) and plays in D/A 1 octave higher than a normal instrument - it really stands out in a crowd. 40 buttons + air. Purchase and repairs together cost me $2500.00, which is what I would like for the instrument (+ shipping). The reeds are steel with aluminum frames for the low notes, and steel with brass frames for the highs. Overall - it sounds like a metal ended instrument, despite having beautifully cut wood ends. Should you have any questions, let me know, and I'll do my best to answer. Best - Ed
  20. Thanks, Dave and David - No - i didn't try to do icky things to anyone. I simply placed an advert for a concertina, was contacted by a buyer within 2 hours or so, and spent some time working with him on the purchase. As a result, I missed the exchange going on here. For that I apologise - it happens. Sometimes it's hard to be in two places at once when you're nowhere at all.... In the meantime, and since it has been resurrected, I would still like to sell my abonya extended treble concertina, should anyone be interested. it has a lovely tone, is quick and supple, and has pads, reeds, etc. in excellent condition. If you're interested, please let me know, and don't be alarmed if it takes me 2-3 hours to respond...... $3000.00 + shipping and it's yours. Best - Ed
  21. Hi folks - sorry for being late in responding. I've received several E-mails re. the baritone and it is well and truly sold (actually sold within the hour of posting). The extended treble Aeola is still looking for a home, and has asked that I lower her price to $3500, to which I reluctantly agree. By the by, for those who've never corresponded with me - I'm located in upstate New York, birthplace of the shady politician. Best - and thanks to all - Ed
  22. Hi all - I'm in the process of buying a new home on the back of some of my instruments. I've two, in particular, that might be of interest to someone. The first is a 56 key extended treble Wheatstone Ambonya Aeola concertina (s/n 35615), which places it late in the Wheatstone legers but early in my heart. It has a beautiful sweet voice, and is fast to boot. Aeolas were always the best of the 'tinas, and Amboyna instruments were often the best of the best - and this one is no exception. It was completely overhauled approximately 10 years ago by the Button Box, who tuned, repadded, and cleaned the reeds, and replaced the thumb holds with ones of their own design. The bellows are perfect, and the only signs of wear are some fingernail marks left by a previous owner. I'd like $4000 for the instrument, but are open to offers.... The second instrument is a 48 key metal ended Barotone Aeola (s/n 32821) which recently came to me from the wilds of British Columbia. To be honest, I was shocked when it arrived, as it was in absolutely pristine, unplayed condition - it appeared to have come directly from the Wheatstone shops to my doorstep. The reeds were clean, the pads were perfect, and the thing played in tune right out of the box. They certainly did good work back then in the '30's. To be honest, I don't want to sell this instrument, as I'm not likely to see its kind again - however debts do come first - at least in my wife's mind, so here it is. It cost me $5000 some months ago, and I offer her here for the same, should anyone be so inclined! If you have any questions on either, or would like to see more pictures, please let me know! Best - Ed
  23. Neill:

    Would you consider selling your Dipper for $7000.00? I can promise it a good home (I used to have a shantyman but was foolish enough to sell it some years ago). I was also contemplating buying it from the Button box when it was there, and had discussed same with George, but you got there first...

    In any case - if it works, t'would be fine. If not, I wish you best ...

  24. The proper HTS codes are vitally important if you don't want the item to be stuck in customs. The proper codes for concertinas are: 9205.90.18 - Accordions, other - 2.6% 9706.00.60 - Antiques over 100 years old - other - Free. Be advised as well that many carriers will not insure antiques. And don't forget the punctuation. Customs agents are extremely literal minded. Further, be prepared to prove that the concertina is over 100 years old if you go that route. Best - Ed
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