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  1. RP3

    Use Tax

    That's an interesting approach Moira but Dipper is not the same as somebody doing a garage sale. Other than instrument repairs, his prime business is the manufacture and sale of concertinas which IMHO most likely falls under the category of tangible personal property. Based on my reading of the text, overseas sales get no special treatment: they are considered the same as something bought in the next state over. Most states want everyone to voluntarily report and effectively pay sales taxes on all purchases brought into the state. This is the crux of the battles between states and Amazon.
  2. That is not the best way to have bellows redone IMHO. It is better to send the entire instrument to the bellows maker. That way he/she can check the fit and make sure that the bellows fitting doesn't mis-align the end mounting holes by distorting the frames. And, they can Custom fit the chamois and adjust the corner blocks as necessary for an airtight fit of the reed pans. Ross Schlabach
  3. While the focus of this thread may be toward more modest bellows, I'd like to recommend someone who can make top quality bellows -- including papers and embossing. Greg Jowaisas has just finished a high end concertina for me and, included in the full restoration of the rest of the instrument, he made me an outstanding new bellows. People (myself included) have talked up Greg on this forum for quality concertina tuning and repairs, but he also makes some of the finest bellows available. Check out these photos from this Jeffries he just delivered to me at the Midwest NHICS. Ross Schlabach
  4. I think you would be much better off getting a Rochelle than one of these other CSOs (concertina shaped objects)! Any extra expense will pay dividends in playability and reliability. Ross Schlabach
  5. Before you jump, be aware of three things: first is that concertina sizes vary so what may fit one model may not fit another. The second and more important thing is that the old cases were hard on the contents. They sat upright which can cause the valves on one side of the concertina to droop - something not good for the playability of the instrument. These cases also can be hard on the wooden ends and the bellows too since there is no inside padding. Overall, a modern case is much better for your concertina. Ross Schlabach
  6. I'm aware of several D/A tuned 12 sided Wheatstones -- Grey Larson has one. These were custom made by Wheatstone for customers in the Cincinatti, Ohio area. If I remember correctly, at least Grey's came with a second set of reedpans but I don't remember their tuning. If you check back on old threads you can probably determine when these were made because they've been discussed before.. Greg J. will likely remember, but he's currently at Irish Arts week. But, I don't think that many were made in that tuning. Ross Schlabach
  7. When I started checking out the pictures, I began to wonder if there were any of concertina players? But with a touch of patience, I found them. And I must say that in the almost 20 years that I've known Noel Hill, I have never seen him so dressed up and brushed down! A lovely group of photos. Thanks Peter. Ross Schlabach
  8. If I'm not mistaken, Ben was the seller. Ross Schlabach
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    Wm. Kimber

    Wonder if William Kimber was related to the famous founder of the MG Car Company, Cecil Kimber. As a lover of both concertinas and old MGs, that would be a wonderful convergence of interests for me. Ross Schlabach
  10. David, I agree that Tunepal is not all that accurate. Not even sure it hits the mark 50% of the time. I accept that my playing could affect the results but on a couple of occasions I repeatedly played a tune I knew into the Record function, and each time it gave me a different answer. But sometimes it is spot on. I think it is best to try to use it to see if it will point you in the right direction. Since I can read dots and can whistle, I can select the tune it names first and let it pull up the sheet music. With a quick scan of the melody, I can tell if it has identified the tune I was looki
  11. Among other things, the composition of the reeds will determine their stiffness and flexibility and consequently: 1) how easily the reed will start moving in the air stream; 2) how fast the reed rebounds after its downward movement; 3) how quickly it can repeat the above; 4) what the amplitude of the reed's movements will be; and so on. All these will play a role in how the reed's movements and harmonic characteristics shape the vibrations that become part of that air movement -- or put another way -- the sound we hear. Another analogy is the difference between the tone of a steel string
  12. Wouldn't surprise me if the bidder withdraws his/her bid before the auction ends! Ross Schlabach
  13. Since Stainless Steel wasn't invented until 1913 -- long after the death of C Jeffries Sr, I think we can safely rule that out. But apparently Jeffries did use very high quality steel in his reeds. The shape and thickness of the reed shoes may also have played a role in their remarkable sound. Ross Schlabach
  14. Oh goodness, and I should have mentioned Greg too since he has made fine cases for me in the past. If you decide to e-mail him, be patient. He may still be out of town a while longer. But he's worth the wait! Ross Schlabach
  15. Another option is to contact Frank Edgley on this side of the pond. He now makes the fine cases previously made by Sean Fallon. It will be made specifically to fit your instrument and is strong enough to withstand rough treatment. Give him a call or send him an e-mail. Ross Schlabach
  16. Folks, mine IS in need of new action boards on both sides with replacement of the action once that's done, replacement of any worn levers/rivets, top quality bellows with all Jeffries tooling and papers, pads, valves, tuning, rebushing of all buttons, button height re-set & button pressure adjustment to my specs, new chamois gaskets, replacement of a couple of non-Jeffries reeds, possible adjustment of corner blocks, etc. So my cost IS quite reasonable. Nuf said! Ross S.
  17. Alex, I have a Jeffries in the process of being restored with an initial repair estimate a bit over $2k. The reedpans on my instrument are pristine as are the reeds. Judging from the photos, this instrument on eBay is in far worse condition, so I think that my $3k estimate is very close! And we haven't even seen photos of the action pans to assess that part of the instrument. Ross Schlabach
  18. I agree with Alex that This does not look like a Jeffries: the ends are not cut like any Jeffries I've ever seen. Also, those ends do not match the ends of a 38 button concertina recently on eBay from Chris Algar. He described his as a Shakespeare. Another normal way to identify Jeffries is that one or both ends are stamped "C. Jeffries Maker". This stamp can be faked but the instrument in question is unstamped. The bellows may not be originial, but if they are, they are not decorated in the normal Jeffries style. I also think that this is not a Crabb either. The condition sugge
  19. Yes, Greg. Those bone buttons make all the difference. It plays like the thoroughbred that it is. Ross Schlabach.
  20. Julie, folks on this forum have been very supportive and VERY gentle in their assessments of this instrument. I understand their efforts to be supportive. But from the photos, the reed pans look to be in the process of disintegrating. Other issues like the broken reed have already been mentioned too. Then there are the extensive cracks running through the holes on the pad board and apparent damage to the action board. Each of these is a serious problem on any concertina, and the repair of each is not always simple. Add them together, and you have what I would suggest is beyond the normal realm
  21. Chris, I'm not a muscial expert, but I think your focus on the extra accidentals misses the fact that those keys won't give you all the naturals that for instance you get on a C/G concertina. A 30 button concertina gives you more note choices -- regardless of key combinations -- but then a 38 button concertina gives you even more options. If you are playing alone, it's not a problem, but if you want to play in a session, then you would probably need those naturals to play in G or D but wouldn't need those extra accidentals. For concertina people who want the whole chromatic spectrum, there
  22. David, as I am a leftie, tunes residing primarily on the left side of the anglo are of particular interest to me. At my earliest period with the anglo, I was exposed to Noel's playing of Master Crowley's and Maudabon Chapel, and I found the tone, lilt, and rhythm delightful. For many years I have worked to have a performance of Master Crowley's suitable for public consumption -- to no avail -- though I haven't given up. I do also enjoy adding the C# from the outside row whenever convenient to extend the range of some D tunes. Plus one should not forget the other wonderfully rich notes hanging
  23. I'm a Leftie and a long-time student of Noel Hill's. As was mentioned earlier in this thread, he plays with the left end on his left knee and teaches that positioning to his students. I tried that but found my right hand and arm were unequal to the task. But I was able to easily adapt to a right end on right knee positioning that has worked well for me over the years - Noel's fussing at me nothwithstanding. I am delighted at the dynamics I can get this way. Some can argue that using the left knee allows the lower notes on the anglo to be reinforced somewhat by reflection off the knee. If that
  24. Don't forget the three weeks of the Noel Hill Irish Concertina School starting in late July! Ross Schlabach
  25. Neill, This is a standard scam trick. Do not go for it. The risk is too great. Ross Schlabach
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