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  1. Jeffries Bros Praed St 32 key C/G Anglo concertina Selling my concertina as I also have a bone button box which suits my hands a little better. This concertina was bought earlier this year from The Accordion Centre in Birmingham, ad is still on site: http://accordioncentre.com/acb/buying-and-selling/our-products/product/jeffries-cg-code-cus02/? The concertina is slightly larger 6 3/8” across the ends than my bone button Jeffries which is 6”. (See pic of both) It is also a bit heavier, 152.5 grams approx. This is a powerful concertina and as loud and responsive as I have heard from any Jeffries. The C# button on the right accidental row is on the push with D# on the pull. The concertina was restored by the Dippers (can’t tell which year, but the bellows does have a serial number and perhaps Rosalie Dipper could provide the details). Consequently, this is like having a hundred year + new Jeffries concertina. New bellows, pads, valves etc renewed making it airtight, responsive and loud. This concertina needs nothing and will hold its own in any session. Asking €7,500. I am based in Kerry but can travel (reasonable distance) to demonstrate. Will ship overseas, Shipping and insurance at buyers expense. I will be happy to provide this concertina on a weeks approval basis. Pictures on Dropbox here https://www.dropbox.com/s/7z0l8e8weapnz16/Photo%2028-11-2021%2C%2015%2051%2055.jpg?dl=0
  2. Concertina now sold and donation made to C.Net.
  3. Thank you for that, very nice, I hadn’t seen one before. same era as my two I would guess. Is it a good player?
  4. Jones Jones 26 key rosewood ended anglo in C/G. This concertina has ornate fretwork ends in excellent condition and comfortable sized bushed buttons. It has six fold original bellows in great shape. It has just been fitted with new pads and valves and tuned (from old pitch) to concert pitch. It has very little wear on it, seems to have had a sheltered life and there is no damage or signs of any repairs. The sound is less strident than some Lachenals but has a lovely warmth and woody tone. Hear a couple of tunes on this concertina played by my repairer/tuner: https://www.dropbox.com/s/fq8rllvydaucac2/AUDIO-2021-03-05-16-02-48.m4a?dl=0 It has its original wooden box, but the lock is not working, however, it would serve well for shipping. The concertina is in Ireland and can be shipped ( at buyers expense) to other countries. This is a lovely playing and sounding concertina, with good original concertina reeds. It is lightweight (101.8 g, or 36 oz) which makes it comfortable to play. It is being sold to help fund recent upgrade. Price €930 Additional pictures may be seen in my DropBox folder https://www.dropbox.com/sh/6n0f6abkmj9uqm8/AAAAa8J1mk77pHHkqVogi1kXa?dl=0
  5. Sunbeamer, I have never seen a 20 button metal-ended Jeffries. Any chance you could post some more pics of the instrument please? Are the dimensions similar to 30 button instruments? thank you.
  6. Bill, I think you'll find that it sold for $600 and the practice with Skinners is to publish the price including commission.
  7. Have you seen this ad? http://www.adverts.ie/brass-wind-instruments/wakker-concertina-a4-model/12331516
  8. Concertina now sold, donation made to c.net. Thanks to all for your interest.
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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!
  13. 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!
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