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David Levine

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  1. Sorry for the confusion regarding my posts. I originally thought to sell just the case, separately. But I am offering the concertina with the case -- or with a different case, as noted. Thanks and my apologies.
  2. At this point I would just let it run the auction. It's hard to estimate its value. It isn't one of the most valuable of the Jeffries concertinas. It only has twenty buttons (rather than 30 or 32) and there's no telling what work it might need. Good luck with it.
  3. You can't expect to sell it with just that minimal information. What condition is it in, what musical key, how many buttons? Don't worry about cleaning it. Take a picture of the concertina and put it on your home screen. Then you can click and drag the picture file -- or choose to attach it -- to a new post here from the option below, where it says "Drag files here to attach...."
  4. Private message sent yesterday.
  5. Purchased new and stored since. Only played for a few minutes to test. Comes with assorted new Button Box swag. Jeffries button layout. In perfect tune. Cherry finish. It is exactly identical to the concertinas pictured here: https://www.buttonbox.com/morse-ceili.html $2,300 includes shipping in the USA. Guaranteed or your money back - including shipping fees. Comes in a brand-new case. This is about a 20% discount from retail price. I can arrange delivery outside the USA. Buyer to pay $100 shipping.
  6. Not to be confused with The Phantom Button, who is a well-respected Anglo concertina player.
  7. That's not a bad price for an original Wheatstone Lachenal, especially considering that it's red and suitable for mountain trails. 'Colour: RED Bike Type: MTB"
  8. Thanks to everybody. But there is a hold on the instrument. I will repost if the sale doesn't go through as planned.
  9. Hi-- I would like to buy a C/G baritone-- where did you get the idea that I had one for sale? Please let me know-- Thanks very much Whoops-- sorry. I got an email regarding this post, but it was not regarding me specifically, but rather a general notice of a post on this forum.
  10. Thanks for the interest -- it's been sold.
  11. $2,250. Case and shipping in CONUS included. Identical to the one pictured below. When I bought the concertina I was told that Colin Dipper had gone through the concertina in the early 1990s. The instrument is in very good condition. Good leather straps, plays in tune, etc. Est 1880-1890 Selling for just what I paid for it. https://www.etsy.com/listing/677773277/lachenal-concertina-anglo-three-row-30?show_sold_out_detail=1&ref=anchored_listing
  12. Whether or not, it's great to hear. Mouthie virtuoso. Thanks.
  13. Dear Dr. Ghent, I admire you for giving credit where due. But imitation is still the highest form of praise. Yrs, Levine
  14. Selling for $448? That seems crazy. You could buy a working Lachenal for less than half that and easily make your own tuning bellows.
  15. The more I play the more I understand that I should be using all of the buttons, not just the default system as described by some great players and teachers. You can hear the difference between great old school players like Noel Hill/Tim Collins and great new-school players like Mohsen Amini and Cillian King. Using buttons on the accidental rows can help you avoid bellows changes that don't accord with the phrasing. Being forced to use bellows direction to choose a note is similar to playing the fiddle and bowing without regard to phrasing. When you can use all of the buttons on the concertina then you can phrase naturally rather than being forced to phrase by the need to change bellows direction. You aren't bound to push or pull because of the note. The only notes on my 30 button concertina that aren't limited by bellows direction are my high F# pull and the press middle E. On my 35 button Dipper I do have a press high F# and draw middle E, but I seldom, if ever, use them. I don't see why you'd need to change a reed to achieve a two-finger single-button triplet. My young students find it hard at first but after a while they can use the two-finger triplet on just about any note. Which I still can't do, being old, creaky, and lazy! The kids don't know any better, and do what I tell them is possible and necessary. I just use the first two fingers and sometimes middle and ring fingers, but I am hopeless with the little finger.
  16. Jim, Tim Collins himself cautioned about the triplet involving the LH F# because of the difficulty of such a dramatic, fast triplet with a bellows change. On my concertinas I replace one of the right hand accidental row D# reeds with a middle octave F# on the push. This makes G/F#/E triplets accessible and is useful in general. I use the second button in from the middle on the RH accidental row. This is a feature that Colin Dipper and Chris Ghent offer. I have retro-fitted an F# reed on some of my concertinas, using Exacto knives to -- on Wally Carroll's advice -- adapt the slot to accept the larger reed for the F#. It is a reed on the inside so the slot is easy to work on. Obviously, you have to be careful and take it slowly. This works for an Anglo with real concertina reeds. On a concertina with accordion reeds the job should be very easily and inexpensively done by any repair person.
  17. "...a G/D anglo makes more sense than the traditional C/G." I agree in the sense that the G/D is more intuitive. More logical. But to me the C/G makes more sense musically.... though I'm not sure what "sense" means in this context.
  18. "a CG will also work." .... LOL. A bit condescending and understated. I haven't ever been to a traditional Irish session, anywhere in the world, where a DG concertina is played with the phrasing, tempo, and dynamics of a CG.
  19. LTG: "Standard" Jeffries layout with C#/C# first button on RH accidental row and D#/D# on the next button (second column). Dierdre, the rows go sideways and the columns go up and down. C# button on first row, first column on the RH accidental row. It just takes a few minutes to change the positions of the C# and D# reeds to whatever button a player would prefer.
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