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Geoff Wooff

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  1. Yes indeed Stephen, thumb straps from Wim Wakker. I had a pair from Mr. Wakker that were very comfortable but they needed replacing I took them to pieces and copied the construction method. I am very happy with the results. Just order new ones from Concertina connection.
  2. Try www.leboncoin.fr there is a nice looking 34key Jones for sale in the south end of France for €1900.
  3. Thanks for your reply Ciaran. It is looking a little uncertain at the moment. Of course sending goods abroad VAT exempt is the main starting point but how will all this affect incoming goods and part exchanges ? Oh, I don't expect an exact answer and realize this must be a dreadful headache for you guys.
  4. Hello Ciaran, as Ken mentions the thread about the new rules regarding duties and VAT, perhaps you could give us your thoughts especially with regard to cross border sales UK to EU. It has been suggested by someone who has read the new regulations for imports into Ireland that duties and VAT could amount to 33% of the value of the goods!! We can assume a similar burden being imposed by other European countries and going back into the UK.
  5. Indeed Adrian, it has been that way with my customers for many years. Some have come from New Zealand and the USA to collect their new instruments ! I bought a concertina from Australia a few years ago, this century, and there was no duty or other costs involved, though one of my American customers did have problems trying to send an instrument back to me for adjustments.
  6. It all sounds horrific to anyone who might be contemplating buying or selling into the UK. My question today is: What is the situation when someone living outside the UK wishes to trade up their concertina with a UK based dealer ? Example; say the UK dealer will part exchange your current instrument , after appraisal , when you buy another from them . The complexity of taxes charged coming in and going out could be prohibitive .
  7. Whatever position you feel most comfortable with, I would think that is the right one.
  8. A cranked , or convoluted path, lever combined with a non riveted action, as in a Lachenal, can result in sideways wear at the pivot and the lever can start to lean to one side under the force of the spring. You could try mounting the spring on the other side of the lever but otherwise some remedial work might be needed.
  9. Many thanks Tiposx, really informative photos.
  10. Congratulations! How's about a blow by blow account of the work ?
  11. Yes, the same as the one posted at the start of this topic.
  12. There is a Gaucho for sale currently in France for €130 if anyone is interested I can send a link.
  13. Well, you have bitten off a lot there, I wish you good luck with learning to play it.
  14. Go to www.concertina.com lots of information there about various keyboards.
  15. Thanks for posting Steve , this video is most enjoyable and I hope it encourages more young people to take up a concertina, the little squeeze box that changed my life.
  16. It is within arms reach, for actuating the function buttons, so quite close. I like to use it on a table as opposed to on a tripod so I can move it about with ease and there are no trailing cables. The room I used is my workshop where I am very familiar with the acoustics and the recordings sound natural to me. I should add that my wife uses a similar device which includes a speed control function. This is very useful for slowing down tunes recorded from any outside source as an aid to learning and /or transcribing .
  17. Hello Kathryn, I use a Zoom H2 . Simple to use and not expensive. Mine is about 10 years old so perhaps these small recording devices have been refined but for recording yourself I think these are ok. You can hear my results by searching my name on Soundcloud.. For balancing left and right I use a pair of headphones to monitor the recording... with the device within reach on a table, shifting it from side to side if needs be.
  18. I have had the TV crews at my house on several occasions over the years . John, I don't think the Dippers or the Dickinsons need any promotion on TV, though it would perhaps be nice to give the Concertina some exposure to the 21st century public. I met a man in a car park in Potiers last week, he was selling a concertina, as I picked up the instrument a passing Frenchman said " Wow, a Concertina, I've not seen one of those for years"... that he recognized the instrument instantly surprised me... I bet that would not have happend in Lewisham! ( note, the concertina is a very rare beast in France, even in Trad music circles).
  19. This is what usually happens with my customers although one American sent his Pipes back for adjustments and, being a cautious fellow , he insured them and declared the full value. His instrument was stuck in customs for a considerable time before he had to pay for their return as well as a fee that amounted to the value of the duty. During this process I was not contacted and was, by a third party, advised not to try to 'pull' the package through as this would only result in more problems. Later, he organised a family holiday, dropped the instrument in and everything worked out satisfactorily .
  20. I have not changed nationality yet Adrian, but I applied for permanent residency ( Carte de Séjour ) as a first step. The French department that deals with nationality issues currently has quite a backlog. I was thinking of those concertina players in Ireland who have saved up and are waiting for their new instrument from the Dippers etc., will they be faced with a large bill for import duty ? Perhaps there is a free tarriff situation for 'Traditional Music' items in Eire. I buy very little in the way of materials and tools from the UK and hardly have a client there either but it looks as if anything we do will be costing us a good bit extra.
  21. Don , I understand and have used the Harmonized codes relating to the instruments I have exported to the USA but what bothers me about the current changes to the UK situation is the possibility of double taxation. Say a supplier in the UK quotes prices on their website which include VAT (sales tax) but does not remove that portion of the amount prior to exporting the goods and the buyer then has to pay an import duty and local sales tax in their country. How do we know if the prices shown on the websites of businesses like Barleycorn or Hobgoblin etc. include VAT ? I encourage any potential purchasers to enquire about this first.
  22. Yes, this is exactly the root of my question Alex, at least from our perspective. Like yourself my business is small and I don't have to be registered for VAT . Will my UK customers have to pay VAT on a product that is not subject to such a tax in any other EU country ? There are stories going around of people buying an item from the UK and being charged 16.9% import duty + 20% TVA ( the French equivalent of VAT) and that would add a substantial amount to the cost of any musical instrument.
  23. Now that the United Kingdom has left the European Union there are stories of import duties and local sales tax being demanded by on goods coming from the UK. As several UK concertina dealers and makers supply instruments to players abroad how might this situation affect the cost of a purchase ?
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