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  1. Judging by the manufacturing date you posted on eBay (2016), this must be some special Back to the Future concertina. Joking aside, it looks like a lovely instrument. Good luck with the auction. Ross Schlabach
  2. And of course, the Noel Hill Irish Concertina School in July & August here in the US. PM me if you would like additional info. Ross Schlabach
  3. Larre, You are not the only Irish Anglo player who can't get his fingers around the concept of the EC. I tried a while back and was completely befuddled. Bet many of the EC players feel the same way about the Anglo. Happy holidays, Ross Schlabach
  4. We have two Australian Shepherds and the younger one will curl up at my feet while I'm playing my Jeffries. The older one will stay in the room too but she doesn't want to be too close. As for the cat, she's OOH when the concertina comes out -- dogs or no dogs! Ross Schlabach
  5. Mike, whether it is Wheatstone ECs, Jeffries Anglos, Martin guitars, or Paolo Soprani, the audience always seems to have a high level of expectation! But we do what we can do, and just hope it is good enough. Of course I have discovered that I am my own most serious critic. Just keep playing and smile! Ross Schlabach
  6. Mike, since I am an Anglo player and therefore relatively ignorant of EC models, which picture is your new Model 21? I know that 1915 comes during a prime period for Wheatstones, but I couldn't pick it out of a line-up!! Oh, BTW, you got it from a great concertina repair artiste. Greg has done awesome work for me for a number of years including a full restoration on a 1890s (+/-) bone button Jeffries which included replacing both pin boards. Happy Holidays, Ross Schlabach
  7. After seeing Alex's post, I checked my bone button Jeffries. I have 28 and 30 button models from the 1880s -1890s period and none of them have any mahogany components. They all appear to have sycamore action boards too but it could be some other light appearing wood. It doesn't surprise me that the instruments appear to made of a single wood type since this would greatly simplify the manufacturing process for any home or shop workers doing the casework. IMHO, the selective use of woods, while common in other instrument making for generations, was less common in the earlier part of our con
  8. Sean, on my former small Dipper Cotswold, the soundboards were Cuban mahogany. Mine were also reinforced with two opposing double dovetailed splines. I can't remember what the reed pans were made of. As for the Jeffries reed pans, it's my understanding that the reed pans are sycamore. More importantly, IMHO, is the fact that they are thicker than the reed pans of other makers. It will be interesting to see what others have to say about the topic. Ross Schlabach
  9. I could be wrong, but it looks like these have been overcleaned and have lost not only their patina but possibly their structure too. I have several concertinas with bone buttons that looked like they could benefit from a good cleaning, but I never have wanted to risk any damage. So I left them alone and they play fine. Just saying... Ross Schlabach
  10. Hi Confused, You haven't expressed a specific interest and so that somewhat ties our hands in making suggestions to you. But I'll take a stab just the same as I am an Anglo player and have both pitched instruments. Should you want to involve yourself in the Irish music scene, then the C/G would be the logical recommendation. Most Irish players play C/G in sessions just because it's always been that way if for no other. Playing a G/D in an Irish session could be done but you'd always be an octave down and the character of ITM is all instruments play the same notes and the sound is dictated
  11. Haven't heard from him in a long time, but Mo Turcotte lives a short ways from Atlanta but I don't know if he frequents this forum. He sold me my first concertina, a Suttner anglo. Ross Schlabach
  12. The Dipper in the latest eBay listing is a different one than shown on the London Craigslist post. Different metal ends and the new listing has an extra button on the C row. So we are slowly putting together the evidence, like Foyle or Endeavor, to confirm our suspicions. Ross Schlabach
  13. Well, there is a place called Ripley, Tennessee near Memphis. It's a bit too far out of the way for me to check it out in person on my way to Noel Hill's class in Cincinnati. But the big question is why is it being sold in £ sterling while the item is in Tennessee and of course the seller is brand new with no history. I've got all the concertinas I could ever want, so I'll leave it up to someone else to sleuth it out. Ross Schlabach
  14. Well, three things suggest to me that it is a Lachenal and not a Jeffries: the metal ends (especially the cartouche), the bellows end stamping, and the bellows papers. Also the button size and shape is wrong for a Jeffries. The price paid might indicate that the buyer agrees with the above! Ross Schlabach
  15. Mike made a good point about asking about the material used in the reed frames. Aluminum was used in some of the later Wheatstone models and is not as desirable as those concertinas made with brass reed frames. Some aluminum reed frame concertinas are fine but it is often a reason for concern. Ross Schlabach
  16. Rick, I also wholly endorse the recommendation of Greg Jowaisas for the work on your Jeffries. Greg did a complete restoration on a Jeffries for me that included not only the usual items but also a beautiful new bellows and replacement of both cracked action boards. This is a major undertaking because all the levers have to be removed, the broken boards carefully detached, new boards made and all the holes precisely drilled for lever pivots, button stems and spring mounting points. All in all, serious work done magnificently. I don't think you can do better. Ross Schlabach
  17. RP3

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    They won't be happy. I'd be willing to bet that he will come up with some excuse to cancel the auction before it ends. He recently posted it at a starting price of about $3,800, pulled it, listed it at about $4,800, no bids, listed it at about $6,200, and once more no bids. So if he prices it where someone might bid, that's too low in his mind and so he pulls it before it's over. This is one sick creature. Ross Schlabach
  18. I can voucher for the quality of Greg's work since my new bellows are revealed behind "Door #2"! And the work on the rest of the concertina was equally exceptional. Ross Schlabach
  19. This concertina was offered and sold through the Button Box several months ago. You would think that potential buyers would notice that supposedly the concertina is in Washington state but is being sold in British Pounds. With all the other warning flags, it's hard to not be suspicious of the listing. Ross Schlabach
  20. Hi Gary, Unfortunately there is a possibility of fakes where Jeffries concertinas are concerned. There was a time in England when pawn shops there would only accept Jeffries concertinas, so there was an incentive to fake a Jeffries to pawn it. Then too, Jeffries concertinas bore a strong resemblance to Crabb concertinas and the accepted wisdom is that Crabb made some of the early Jeffries concertinas, and it is this family similarity that made it relatively easy to attempt a forgery. That being said, the forgeries involved stamping the Jeffries name on the ends -- with various levels of so
  21. Congrats to all at the BB for this lovely looking and sounding creation. I just have one (tongue in cheek) question. There are three videos on the page -- demonstrating the new duet. Supposedly, based on the titles, Aaron Marcus is playing on two of these videos and David Barnett is playing on one of the videos. But whoever is playing, all three videos feature a fine player wearing the exact same shirt and pants. Do these guys have to share clothing as well as the prototype concertina? Absolutely wonderful playing in any case. Ross Schlabach
  22. This concertina is now sold and a donation will be made to C.Net. Thanks for everybody's interest. Ross Schlabach
  23. Hi Griffinga, Frank has offered sage advice. Retuning a Jeffries is not done lightly and can destroy the tone of the instrument if you are not lucky. It can be especially risky if the instrument has been retuned before and you try to retune it again. In these cases, there is usually insufficient metal left on some of the reeds for the retuning. I have two Jeffries that have been left in their original pre-A440 tuning to avoid risking the loss of the wonderful character of the tone. Of course this means I am pretty much kept out of sessions with these instruments unless the other players ca
  24. Well, if it's not a scam, then why did the seller reuse some of the photos from the old listing as well as shamelessly copy some of the description text -- including the exact same wording about fingernail marks between the buttons? But what is even fishier is why have a listing for something that is supposed to be for sale from the US, but the pricing is in British Pounds? I'd stay clear. Ross Schlabach
  25. This seems quite an interesting and yet challenging piece of programming. In playing an Anglo, sometimes being at the end of your bellows (either extended or compressed) can dictate that you use an alternate fingering like a press A on the accidental row LH rather than either draw A. Have you incorporated this bellows management feature into your programming? Also, you may want to incorporate the playing of ornaments which are an integral part of many Irish tunes. And especially Irish Traditional Music emphasizes bounce in the playing, and it would be interesting to see if the program can repr
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