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  1. Just a few tips for removing the ends- once you've loosened the 6 end screws out of the bellows frame the end should come off. To get access to the button side of the action board you'll probably have to unscrew 2 tiny wood screws that are driven in to the action box frame at about a 45 degree angle at a couple of spots around the edge of the action board. When you put it all back together be careful not to over tighten anything. These things are cheaply made, the wood is soft, and they're not really intended to be assembled/reassembled very much. It's easy to strip the holes the screws go into.
  2. A 10 button melodeon (cordeen in Newfoundland) would be the most direct application of your harmonica skills. I also was a long time harp player before I picked up a concertina, so at first a 20 button Anglo was an easy transition. Really just 2 harps strapped to a bellows. But when you add a 3rd row and start to take advantage of the duplicates and reversals and accidentals (to play in other than the home keys) by playing "across the rows", rather than up and down one row like a harmonica, it quickly becomes a very different proposition.
  3. I third the motion. I bought one of his instruments sight unseen from someone in Italy (I'm in Canada). Doing my due diligence I contacted Dana to confirm that the vendor was the original owner as claimed. Dana confirmed it, and offered to give it an overhaul for the cost of postage. He also said he'd buy it back for what I payed if I didn't like it. And he swapped the too-small hand bars for a larger set. Every interaction with him has been a pleasure. A Prince among men!
  4. You might get some responses if you post this question in the "Instrument Construction and Repairs" forum and include a photo. This forum is for technical questions about the website (e.g. how do I post a picture?) and doesn't get a lot of traffic. An indication of your general location would help too, as concertina repair shops are rare and widely scattered.
  5. I really enjoyed attending the Swaledale Squeeze when I was starting out as a player. Held annually in May at Grinton Lodge near Reeth, in the Yorkshire Dales. There were wonderful classes and workshops, Barleycorn Concertinas had a stall there, and there were friendly players of every type of concertina. The scenery, cask ale from a local brewery and a ceili dance in the village hall in Reeth were icing on the cake.
  6. Hi Jody- I have a Microvox system that I no longer use. All working as far as I know. 2 pairs of microphones- 1 pair on gooseneck clips and 1 pair that attach with Velcro, plus cables, mini power supply, balanced output unit and muting DI box Are you interested in any/all of this?
  7. I would echo Wally's comments and add that mid-level to top flight concertinas all hold their value really well. If you can afford the up-front cost, buy a good new or used hybrid like a Morse or Edgley, (often to be found on the buy and sell forum here). The ease with which these can be played relative to a cheap instrument will give you a real leg up on your learning. If you decide after a while that it's not for you, you will know that the decision was made for solid reasons like aptitude and enjoyment, not as a result of equipment related frustration. And you should be able to sell it on for pretty close to what you paid for it. You might lose a few hundred dollars on the transaction, but the same would be true if you bought a new Chinese or Italian concertina for $600, then tried to sell it on.
  8. Just noticed a video of a South African band in a new thread by Fred V: "Boeremusiek!!" I'm pretty sure the concertinist is playing a box by the same maker as mine.
  9. I had a 20 button D/A built for me a few years ago by a maker in South Africa who builds them for a Boer Music club there. It's a double reeded box on the German model- but made with much better materials, reeds and craftsmanship. It cost me around Can$600 plus postage. If you're interested I can probably dig up the contact info for you. Coincidentally I got it to play in Newfoundland when I'm there in the summer. I'm in Hamilton the rest of the year- if you are nearby you're welcome to have a look and squeeze. mariposa.mp4
  10. Is this a common button layout for a 40 key Anglo?
  11. I just received a package of parts from them last week. Maybe they are on vacation? Anyways, you won't regret a Morse. A lot of different concertinas have passed through my hands, but the one I have hung on to since I first started playing 14 years ago is my G/D Morse. It plays like butter. I wouldn't worry too much about the layout modifications (if they were in fact done by someone other than the manufacturer- my Morse has a custom layout that they did at my request.) Because the reeds aren't slotted into a dovetail it's unlikely that any damage was done in the reed swap.
  12. Local demand can factor in as well. I live in Ontario, Canada for most of the year, where very few folks play diatonic button accordion. People know I have an interest, and often give me instruments, or I pick them up cheaply at yard sales, pawn shops etc. I take them with me to Newfoundland where I spend my summers, and put them on consignment at O'Brien's Music in St. John's. There is a real accordion culture here, and the profit I make usually pays for my gas and ferry passage. Plus unwanted accordions find a good home. To the OP's point, even in the sellers' market here in Newfoundland, you can get a very nice, very playable used 1 or 2 row "cordeen" (as they call them here) for $700-800.
  13. I had a similar problem in a big, loud session. Everyone was playing acoustically, but lots of instruments, including a loud piano accordion. I tried an inexpensive VOX guitar headphone amp. It's a tiny unit-about the size of a small match box. I used it with my Microvox mikes and a single earbud. It really wasn't very helpful, and all the wires, Microvox power supply unit, etc. were cumbersome. I've seen very expensive wireless in-ear monitor systems that might work, but I didn't try that route. What worked better was getting to the session early enough to stake out a spot with my back against the wall (preferably in the angle of a corner). Also, at some outdoor Covid sessions I wore a broad brimmed hat, which really helped. (I'm too polite to wear a hat in the pub). I occasionally use the Vox unit when I'm on my own just for fun, as you can listen to your own playing with special effects e.g. reverb. No one else can hear the effects though!
  14. If the end plate is flat (ie no raised areas) I would be inclined to try pressing it between some hardwood boards that cover the whole end and some C-clamps. I looked at the Marcus website, and can't really tell from the photos if the have raised areas.
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