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    I tune/repair/restore and buy and sell concertinas and melodeons.
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    Gateshead, England. Land of the Angel of the North!

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  1. Looks like a raised ended Jeffries. Could be an anglo?
  2. I have a very similar Lachenal pierced sides, but wooden rather than metal ends. It’s a very good quality instrument with very good reeds.
  3. There are a few basic steps that can help, but not guaranteed to eliminate the smell: 1 thoroughly clean the whole instrument inside and out. Remove dust from external bellows folds, action box, reed pans, internal bellows folds. My usual tools for this are a variety of paintbrushes, used dry, and a blow out with low pressure compressed air. 2 wipe over external surfaces with a soft rag moistened with household detergent. Bathroom cleaners are quite good for this because they are designed to remove residues of perspiration among other things. Follow with a wipe over with a clean rag dampened with clean water to remove any detergent. 3 wax polish external wood and leather
  4. This, which can also be caused by something raised on the inside of the end plate: lump of glue, projecting screw etc.
  5. Spray mount is good for sticking the template in place prior to sawing
  6. £2500 for a 63 Wheatstone that needs repair isn't a gamble, it's a looser for the buyer.
  7. eBay sellers can be very very unrealistic about prices. This one sound seriously overpriced. Much better to buy from somebody who understands what they are selling
  8. The ends are rosewood, doesn't look like a Lachenal pattern. It's common for early EC's like this one to have 4 fold green bellows.
  9. Leaking pads are very likely if this is an old concertina, sometimes even in a new one. Hold one end of the concertina near your ear and press gently without pressing a button. If you can hear air escaping it's likely to be leaking pad, or pads.
  10. Thanks for your message Annelie. I already have several interested buyers. I will let you know if all those drop out.
  11. I'd prefer a UK buyer, but I will consider sending further if i don't find a buyer in a few days.
  12. I think it means that if you want to buy the best Jeffries or Crabb concertina you should pay more attention to how it plays, and less to the name it bears.
  13. Scarlatti CG anglo concertina for sale. £100 including UK delivery. I've been asked to sell this to a beginner who would like to learn anglo, but who can't afford a new instrument. It's as new with it's bag. CG Wheatstone/Lachenal layout.
  14. Another source of material is the cheaper type of old German piano accordion or melodeon which use the same long plate reeds as your concertina. You can harvest the reeds and fit them as Chris suggests above, or if you can find a diatonic with a row of the same pitch you may be able to saw the reed plate in half and use the top half on the right of your concertina and the low half on the left.
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