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  1. Yes it is. This concertina needs a home. There are some notes that are a little wheezy now from sitting un-played for a while, which I don't think would be difficult to address. It's got a soft sound, but plays nicely. I will take the best offer. Thanks Ed
  2. I found someone who has a lot of 8 Chemnitzer concertinas for sale. He's got at least 2 Pearl Queens, a Polonia, all seem to be played, some in worse shape than others (missing buttons etc). I play English concertina and B/C accordion so I know nothing about them. He's asking $1000 for the lot. If anyone is interested he is in Northern Indiana, and I'll connect you. Is there anything I can do remotely other than get pictures to see if they are worth going to see? I don't want to make the 3 hour drive to see them unless there is a chance they are worth anything. Here are pics of a few of them
  3. I'm in Indianapolis, IN, USA. I'll take first best offer. I'd like to get out of it what I have in it which is about $900, but I'm realistic. As far as the 'misprint' mentioned by Thy28293, no idea, that's just the labels that are in there.
  4. Here is an audio sample. LACHEN_0033.mp3
  5. I'm consolidating my collection so am offering this for sale. I'll upload an audio file upon request. Comes with a case which is old, may be original, but not sturdy enough for travel. I prefer to ship USA only. Restored by Greg Jowaisas. 2018 Final Repair invoice for Ed Delaney.pdf
  6. I’m selling my 48 button Lachenal English concertina. It was restored by Greg Jowaisis, Covington, KY, USA, in 2018. I have attached a copy of the repair order. I asked on this site about the serial number and it seems that the number is 34122 which would date it around 1897. It includes an apparently old case, but I’m not certain if it’s the original. It is not sturdy enough to my liking so I have usually transported it in a Pelican Storm case. It’s a really nice instrument, but with many 130 year old instruments, there are quirks. The high C, which is in the range I rarely play, only sounds in one direction. It's probably just a fuzzball or something. This should be easy to address. To be clear, everything was perfect when I got it back from Greg, and I would recommend his work to anyone. He knows his stuff. The low notes sound great, but they take just a tad more push to make them speak. As long as you know that it’s pretty trivial to compensate. I think these are minor issues and the play-ability over the common range of notes is spot on. I hesitate to ship outside the US. Buyer will have 5 days to evaluate. Buyer pays shipping. I’ll double box and pad it well. I’ll accept the best offer I get after 5 days. delaney.ed@gmail.com Photos Audio sample 2018 Final Repair invoice for Ed Delaney.pdf
  7. Thanks a million, that time frame makes a lot more sense to me!
  8. Hi All, I'm trying to date my Lachenal and Co English concertina. I'm having a little difficulty with the serial number, which appears to be 84122. I didn't know the English serial numbers went this high. Here are some pertinent photos. I tried to zoom in on the number stamped on the R reed pan. Many thanks! Ed
  9. Hi, I own a 48 key Lachenal for which I would love to have a manufacturing date. It's English, 48 key, ME flat metal ends, steel reeds, MB metal buttons, 5 fold bellows which appear to be original. The number 24122 stamped into the wood frame on both the left and right side, as well as on the reed pan . The badge is missing. Thanks! Ed
  10. Thanks for the offer! I need to wait till after my friend returns from the Fleadh in Ireland as I promised her first look. She already has a nice concertina, and being a starving student probably doesn't have the fundage to purchase a second box. I'll update here as soon as I find out what she thinks. ed
  11. Thanks, I"ll post some more pictures soon. Ed
  12. I have to concertina mentioned in the photo in hand. It's owned by Lloyd LePlant from Minnesota. It's a renowned mandolin maker in his 90's now, and one of the nicest people you would ever meet. His mandolins are famous. I'm trying to help him out because my brother went up to see him, purchased a mandolin from Lloyd, and introduced him to me because I new more than he did about concertinas. He purchased this some time ago, knowing nothing about it. As mentioned before, I play English, not Anglo. He had it restored in 1999 and then never touched it, because everyone up north plays Chemnitzer concertinas and he didn't really know much about them. I can't yet get a read on the tuning, as one of the pins that holds a lever popped out of the wooden hole so that one stays on all the time. That makes it difficult for me to hear any other notes. It appears someone as at least once tried to re-glue that, but I"m hesitant to try since I don't actually own it. update: I was able to get it working and it appears to be close to a normal Wheatstone C/G, with only a few odd notes. The Linota reeds appear to be steel and sound is pretty loud. The buttons are not rivited to the arms, but the felt and pads are all like new. Lloyd is just interested in finding someone who will play it, to get a fair price, and to be fair to whoever gets it. I cannot say enough about the man, he's a fine gentleman, and I told him I would put the word out on the concertina streets and let him know what I find out. His wife just died last week, and he lost a brother, a son, and cousin in November, and with all that, will talk your ear off about music and anything else. He was so excited when I told him that Bill Crossland found the ledger sheet for it. I would be interested if anyone could help me figure out how to value this, even in a ballpark sense. He's coy about what he paid for it, but he put $800 into the restoration, which seems about right considering how much was done. I went out on a limb and told him that I was pretty sure I could get him what he has in it, and maybe more, but I just don't know.
  13. Yeah, I've never been able to get the session moved off of Tuesday. It's too bad, I'd like to get to the Ace now and then as well. Let me know when you're in town next, I'll see if I can skip down there, I'd like to see those folks as well. If I happen to acquire this concertina I'll let you take it for a drive. ed BTW, I'd make fun of your attempt to learn the pipes, but then you'd just make fun of me attempting to learn the B/C box ?
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