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  1. Have you seen this ad? http://www.adverts.ie/brass-wind-instruments/wakker-concertina-a4-model/12331516
  2. Concertina now sold, donation made to c.net. Thanks to all for your interest.
  3. Greg, I didn't try to remove the verdigris as I figured I might interfere with the tuning and that's an area that I don't feel competent to meddle with. The buttonholes in the ends have been bushed with a black felt. Des
  4. Jones 34 button Rosewood ended Anglo in the keys of G & D with two 2 drones, each tuned in G but an octave apart and 2 novelty buttons with a cry and whistle. Nickel silver buttons and 7 fold bellows. I don't have a history on the concertina, but the previous owner passed on and left it to a non playing relative. I have been told that it hadn't been played in a number of years. A few notes were a bit squeaky, but are now sorted. On examination, it would appear to have been overhauled and retuned to G/D concert pitch. I don't know what the original keys were. There appears to be very little wear on the concertina since overhaul. Internally it is stamped with Colin & Rosalie Dippers stamps and the bellows is Dipper (probably made in 1997 per the inscription). It is most likely that the rest of the work done was by the Dippers, but I haven't tried to confirm this. As well as the bellows, the ends have been refinished, new handstraps, springs, pads and valves fitted. The old Jones air button trap door has been replaced with a regular pad, see pics. The concertina plays nicely with a lovely tone especially on chords. It comes in a blocked hard case as shown. Asking £1600 or best offer. Appropriate donation to cnet if sold. Pictures at https://www.dropbox.com/sh/lcbotzzgnl2zt9e/AACoIEEw4GPVetnZjprjxwOra?dl=0
  5. Jody, I can't help you with the legalities, but Irish doors have featured on posters and doormats, as in this link; http://www.irishcalendars.ie/products/doors-of-dublin-placemats Perhaps the publishers, should you contact them might have experience/advice to offer.
  6. Simon I was fortunate enough to be at the concert. Great stuff and your individual performance was a revelation to a lot of the audience, many of whom would only have heard concertina on an anglo. The ensemble piece was like a breath of fresh air. Well done!
  7. Notemaker, I have no affiliation with Ben, the seller of the concertinas in question, however, I do know that he has been dealing in these Wheatstone concertinas from South Africa for some time. I also know that he has a fine reputation to uphold. I believe that your characterisation of the condition of the instruments shown is at the very least 'lazy' and at worst insulting. While I don't play a 20th century Wheatstone concertina, I do know that they can be very fine instruments, equal to, in many cases newly made concertinas. As for them harbouring diseases, I would suggest that the pubs in which many sessions are held would be more likely to present a danger to one's health than the instruments. Many people in their right minds with large sums of money to spend have parted with same in exchange for vintage instruments on the basis that they preferred the instrument in question as opposed to ordering a new one and waiting on the prevailing list. It is true that a lot of old instruments require attention, but this can be factored into the price and there is very little in a concertina, with the possible exception of the reeds that cannot be improved upon, when required by a competent concertina repairman. As for the Irish exponents of the little box favouring the newly made instruments, this may be a factor of 'use and abuse. By this I mean that real quality vintage instruments are a finite resource, while new instruments continue to be made and can be ordered. Therefore, players 'heavy weight sessionistas' as you describe them may be loathe to expose their treasured vintage instruments to the ravages of the pub scene, preferring to use their replaceable modern instruments. However, I do know some of these people and I believe that there still exists a great respect and admiration among them for quality vintage instruments, which when the chance presents results in the same heavyweights snapping them up. Your sentiments are reminiscent of Sean Garvey's (of All About Accordions fame - an Irish based concertina/accordion business) recent comments in the publication Irish Music Magazine suggesting that these (vintage concertinas) should be left in the English Auction houses. Your attitude and that of Mr Garvey fails to take into account that vintage concertinas were quite expensive instruments when made and were made, in most cases to the highest standards by craftsmen skilled at their professions using materials of the highest qualities to cater for a market that was prepared to pay handsomely for a top-quality instrument. Are we to now ignore these facts and assign all vintage instruments to the shelves of collectors to be viewed as historical oddities? In my case I will continue to play my 19th century Jeffries anglo, having disposed of a recently acquired top-quality newly made concertina. The reason? I prefer my old concertina, I prefer the tone, the action and the experience of playing it and I don't see myself parting with it despite having access to new instruments. Finally, if we were to apply your attitude to all vintage instruments, there would be a few very nervous Stradavari owners out there!
  8. Hello all, I think Paul is somewhat modest in stating that he has spent some time listening and playing traditional music. The truth is Paul is a wonderful musician and teacher whose teaching and playing contributions helped keep concertina music vibrant in the Boston area for a number of years as well as playing and hosting traditional sessions in that city. He is also a mine of knowledge on various instruments historically and technically, particularly concertina. He is a patient and dedicated teacher and I would encourage anyone intent on improving their abilities on that instrument and who might be attending the festival to take advantage of a workshop with Paul. East Galway music is well worth getting to know and I hope all those attending enjoy the experience. Unfortunately, I am a little too far removed from Nashvile (Dublin Ireland). Des Tracey
  9. Good luck with the sale Mark. Its good to see integrity in the selling process.
  10. Information on William Jeffries seems to be rather scarce. I owned a Willliam Jeffries until recently and it gave rise to a number of questions regarding William Jeffries role. The concertina had many Wheatstone feaures including Wheatstone sized bellows, Wheatstone type action etc. which may have indicated that W. Jeffries was working with parts which came to hand, possibly through the back door of Wheatstones or perhaps, as some have suugested that he did some work for Wheatstone, he may have bought the parts from them. Whatever the truth is, the concertina in question is very well made and after refurbishment by Colin & Rosalie Dipper (who remained faithful to the historical instrument) plays extremely well. Jeffries.doc
  11. I too have availed of Dave Prebble's talents. I had two Lachenal rosewood ended anglos refurbished, including all the type of work mentioned by Cocusflute and in one case metal buttons substituted for old bone buttons, which required bushings. I can testify that the boxes came back as good as, if not better than original. They played really well and looked wonderful. I have also had a metal ended Salvation Army Lachenal Aflat/Eflat refurbished by Dave.It needed a lot of work but is now a really great sounding instrument on a par with many of the premium named concertinas. Dave is a member of this forum and can be contacted by email.
  12. Not to belabor the point, but I don't see what was unfair or not fair play. I offered the instrument on this board before the auction for a thousand dollars less than it sold for, even on a wholesale basis. I put it on EBay expecting that somebody here might still have wanted to buy it at the lower price, after the auction started. In which case I'd have taken it out of auction, sent money to this site, and a board member would have gotten a great deal on a good instrument. That is why I didn't post a reserve with EBay. I'd have had to pay up front fees for a reserve I might not have used. I did say within the text that I had a reserve, one which matched the selling price on this forum. What was devious about that? I also said upfront on EBay that I was offering the instrument on another venue -- this one -- and that I reserved the right to remove the concertina from auction in the event that one of us might have wanted it after the auction started. I knew, as I had been advised by other players and sometime dealers, that the instrument would sell on the open market for more than my asking price on this forum. Tell me please, what was unfair about what I did? How was my bet hedged? What was not clear, or what was underhanded? I think that the point has been belabored. I think that eBay is tricky enough to deal with (it's wild out there in eBay land...quote from you in previous thread), without people making up their own rules. Your rationale above is wonderful and I'm sure that your motive in offering it for sale on this forum on 25/3/08, (on eBay 26/3/08) borders on philantropic. It's nice to have the luxury of time to rationalize as you seem to have done in a previous eBay tarnsaction. Jun 11 2004, 01:27 PM Post #1 Advanced Member *** Group: Members Posts: 90 Joined: 11-June 04 From: Co Clare, Ireland Member No.: 671 The putative large sale on Ebay of the 32 button Jeffries anglo did not happen. I made a stupid mistake. Thinking I was bidding in dollars, I bid a reasonable, but unwitting, amount in GBP that translated into $7,000 +. I apologized profusively to the seller, who responded with a rude message. I continued to apologize and offered to contact the underbidder, which I did" I think that I wil take Dirge's advice and in the future, walk away from auctions that are questionable. I will not be addressing this issue again.
  13. I don't know about old-fashioned. A bit of a prig* perhaps, and a self-styled EBay policeman. Remind me if we ever meet to buy you a pint and we can perhaps discuss an individual's interactions with a billion dollar corporation. But no harm has been done- the concertina has been sold and I will pay the EBay fees. I'm glad you got your money for your concertina. It was not my intention to do harm but as one who would be among those interested in the concertina, I do take exception to those who make up their own sales rules. And again, no matter what your thoughts on eBay are, YOU chose to use it as the vehicle for the sale of your instrument. For my part, I have no vested interest in EBay or their fortunes, however, if you were to put this instrument into a regular estate or musical instrument auction, you would be bound by their rules. Why treat Ebay users any differently? I'm not trying to show 'superior knowledge' , and as your eBay record is much greater than mine I wouldn't presume to know more on the subject. By the way, it is likely that I'll bump into you at some point in Co Clare and I would be delighted to discuss these matters over a pint. As for 'Zealous', I'm reminded of a quote from Gene Burns (Your near neighbour in NH will know of him). A zealot is an indivdual who redoubles his efforts having forgotten his original goal'. My only goal was to highlight what I consider to be a questionable practice at best.
  14. I don't know about old-fashioned. A bit of a prig* perhaps, and a self-styled EBay policeman. Remind me if we ever meet to buy you a pint and we can perhaps discuss an individual's interactions with a billion dollar corporation. But no harm has been done- the concertina has been sold and I will pay the EBay fees. I'm glad you got your money for your concertina. It was not my intention to do harm but as one who would be among those interested in the concertina, I do take exception to those who make up their own sales rules. And again, no matter what your thoughts on eBay are, YOU chose to use it as the vehicle for the sale of your instrument. For my part, I have no vested interest in EBay or their fortunes, however, if you were to put this instrument into a regular estate or musical instrument auction, you would be bound by their rules. Why treat Ebay users any differently? I'm not trying to show 'superior knowledge' , and as your eBay record is much greater than mine I wouldn't presume to know more on the subject. As for 'Zealous', I'm reminded of a quote from Gene Burns (Your near neighbour in NH will know of him). A zealot is an indivdual who redoubles his efforts having forgotten his original goal'. My only goal was to highlight what I consider to be a questionable practice at best.
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