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  1. Concertina now sold and donation made to C.Net.
  2. 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?
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. Bill, I think you'll find that it sold for $600 and the practice with Skinners is to publish the price including commission.
  6. Have you seen this ad? http://www.adverts.ie/brass-wind-instruments/wakker-concertina-a4-model/12331516
  7. Concertina now sold, donation made to c.net. Thanks to all for your interest.
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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!
  12. 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!
  13. 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
  14. Good luck with the sale Mark. Its good to see integrity in the selling process.
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. Hello Mark, Good to hear from you. I remeber [sic] you had that concertina at the Willie Week a few years ago. My problem with the ad on Ebay is that there is no reserve shown and the seller chose to include a reserve (known only to himself) in the middle of the auction. Mark has never seen this concertina so you are wrong there. I clearly posted the reserve in the original listing: "I am selling it with a reserve price of $3,100..." ----------- Thanks to Mark Davies for the kind words. See you soon. I wasn't referring to your concertina but that Wifra that Mark brought to Milltown some years back. My apologies re. the reserve mentioned in the Ebay ad. description, I see that now. However, the listing doesn't show a reserve as would be the case when a reserve is included on the eBay conditions. Whatever one thinks of eBay, it does have its rules and conditions and if one choses to use it as a vehicle for buying or selling, then I suggest that users should abide by those. This would preclude people 'pulling' an item before the auction ends for whatever reasons, not selling because the item didn't meet an imaginary high figure etc. In this case it would appear that you wish to have it every way. You are stating that there is a reserve, but because EBay doesn't specify it, then the discretion to sell it rests with you. Similarly, you state that it is listed elsewhere, which implies that if you don't like the price or you get a better offer then you'll let it off outside of EBay. Call me old fashioned, but I think that people who see EBay as an auction site with clearly defined conditions of use are entitled to fair play.
  21. Hello Mark, Good to hear from you. I remeber you had that concertina at the Willie Week a few years ago. My problem with the ad on Ebay is that there is no reserve shown and the seller chose to include a reserve (known only to himself) in the middle of the auction. As one who has bought and sold on eBay, I realize that by not putting a reserve on an item that there is a danger of it selling too cheaply and to include a reserve incurs extra charges from Ebay. I would feel uncomfortable changing the rules in the middle of the game as the seller has done. My view for what its worth is "you make your choice and you takes your cjances". To further confuse the issue it is stated that he has it listed elsewhere and he may withdraw it. Talk about hedging bets!.
  22. Cnet Quote: "If I don’t sell it here I will post it on EBay, where I expect it will fetch well in excess of $3,000. Postage and insurance will be extra." Ebay Quote: "I will be happy to ship internationally and I will accept any form of payment mutually acceptable. Please note that I have listed the concertina on other venues so it might be wise to contact me expressing your interest so that I do not accept another offer while the auction is going on.And please also note also that I have set a reserve on the auction." Doubts?
  23. Apologies to the seller if I'm wrong, but this one smells. If my memory serves, one of the contributors to this site was selling this box a long time back. Again, relying on memory, I think it was 'cocusflute'. He lives(d) in New Hampshire. It certainly fits in with his stated intentions at the time to spend part of the year in Ireland. Beware.
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