Hi Ken. I used to be very active here but under a different user name, which I don't even recall. I have been persuing other forms of music, play banjo, guitar, this melodeon, but my main instrument is harmonica. Thus my interest in the concertina. Our family is of Scottish origin and Celtic music has played big here. I am currently doing Rock & Blues with a band however, so quite eclectic stuff.
I am open to almost any good condition 3 row. I only mentioned the American (read that North American, sorry Frank) instrument, thinking that I might avoid a worn out piece. Actually, I enjoyed my Lachenal very much, except that it had a 5-fold bellows and only 2 rows, which I outgrew quickly. So, in reality I prefer the older instruments and would take a good Lachenal over accordion reeded instruments anyday. No offense to the North American makers!!! It's that sound you know. Actually I have never heard the accordion reeded concertinas so may not even like the sound.
Malcom Clapp has already shown me a Lachenal that intrests me greatly, except that he already has a melodeon, so am left trying to sell the Baffetti or find another. I have a bit of cash but not enough to purchase outright.
I am familiar with all of the names of you regulars so would not be concerned with anything you had for sale. Thanks for the reply & pleasure talking with you. I am leaving for Scotland Wednsday, so will be unavailable until the end of the month. Talk soon. Jim.