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  1. My concertina has been sold. As it turns out, a friend bought it right here in my city! And my little Dipper will get the love, attention, and talent it deserves. Thanks to everyone for your help and advice, and enjoy the music!
  2. There are two reasons why I hesitate to use ebay to sell my concertina. I was reluctant to bring these up because doing so may hijack my Dipper thread into an extended discussion of ebay. But here we go anyway. First, the concertina's price will have to be much higher on ebay to cover the additional selling fees. The insertion and final value fees ($52.00 for auctions, much more for fixed-price formats) are just the tip of the iceberg. A seller withdrawing funds from Paypal must pay several additional fees: a funds withdrawal fee of 2.9% plus cross-border fees of 3.9% + 1% plus a currency conversion fee of 2.5%. (Have I missed any fees? It's complicated!) Thus I'll have to set the selling price on ebay much higher. But the real problem for a seller of an irreplaceable, delicate, expensive item like a Dipper is this: Paypal, which ebay requires sellers to use (no checks allowed), holds payments for 21 days, or until the buyer leaves positive feedback, or until the seller can confirm that the item was delivered and 3 days elapse after that. People on this forum have repeatedly said that the only safe way to sell on ebay is to ship a concertina after the buyer's funds are received. However, the Paypal payment hold policy makes it nearly impossible to receive buyer funds before shipping a concertina. After the seller has shipped a concertina, an evil-minded buyer can leave negative feedback (deserved or not) in an attempt to recover funds--and may damage the concertina before returning it, if he even bothers to return it. Does this sound familiar? A recent thread here has described similar behavior in several instances by gpanda123, who leaves questionable negative feedback and swaps reeds in concertinas that he returns. I don't think his negative feedback is being left just for fun, although he clearly enjoys being cruel. It appears from his feedback that he's also attempting to block the release of his funds to sellers. I don't see how to minimize the ebay risk to a seller except to ship a concertina only after the funds are actually cleared and released by Paypal, which will be 21 days. But that delay invites a claim from the buyer, in which case the funds probably won't be released at all. This of course is a worst-case scenario. But it can occur. And that, plus the higher price I'll have to charge on ebay, is why I haven't tried to sell my Dipper on ebay. Yet.
  3. My concertina is still available. It seems, from the lack of response, that it is not going to sell for US$8,000.00. Would anyone like to buy it for US$7,000.00 (plus shipping)? Please reply by private message if you're interested.
  4. Thanks to those of you who've spoken out (publicly and privately) against the criticism of my concertina's beautiful silver work. I'd like to point out that the ends were designed by the Dippers, not by me. This was not a custom instrument; I was simply lucky enough to find it for sale at Lark in the Morning many years ago. So to criticize the design is to insult the Dippers.
  5. As most of you know, several months ago I tried to sell my Dipper County Clare concertina on this forum. After pages of spirited debate, it became clear to me that people didn't like the "auction" format. So let's try this again with a fixed price. A few weeks ago a similar Dipper County Clare instrument sold on this forum for U.S. $8,000.00 plus shipping costs. I'm willing to sell my concertina for the same price. If you missed out on the earlier sale, here's another chance to own a Dipper County Clare. For U.S. $8,000.00 plus shipping costs, I am offering to sell my 31-button C/G Colin Dipper County Clare silver-ended Anglo concertina, serial number 273. It has the seven-fold original leather bellows. This instrument has a sweet, clear tone and is in excellent condition except for minor tarnish on the silver ends; it’s been played only lightly since I bought it new. The original Dipper case will come with the concertina. I'm attaching pictures of this concertina and its key layout. Please respond by private message, and thanks for your interest!
  6. My Dipper/Stradivarius County Clare concertina has not yet been sold. The highest offer thus far has been US$6500. Sorry for my lack of attention to the status inquiries--it's harvest, canning, and fence-painting season here.
  7. I've been offered US$6,500 for this instrument.
  8. It seems we have a curious situation. Various people have written here that my Dipper is worth US$8,000-$10,000, and that I should not accept less than US$8,000. And a lot of people are reading this thread; I assume that some of you are interested in purchasing my concertina. Yet the highest legitimate offer I've received is US$6,300. Are the "snipers" waiting to make late offers? Are people still out there who'd like to buy this instrument but are negotiating with their mates/examining their accounts/selling their homes/sending their children to work? I'd appreciate hearing (by private message) from anyone who wants to buy this concertina at a price higher than the best offer I've received.
  9. Well, it seems that offer of $7,000 was not so solid after all. The person thought I should pay for shipping as well as conversion of the concertina to a new layout! Thus the best offer I've received for my Dipper is US$6,300, which has actually been offered by two people. My Dipper, by the way, has a Wheatstone layout: To help refocus this thread, I'll repeat my terms: The buyer will pay for shipping. The concertina is being sold as it is. I would prefer to sell the concertina here rather than on ebay. I will keep this auction-style sale open until (1) I receive an offer of US$10,000 or (2) I decide to sell the concertina for a lower price. Two people have now tried to coerce me into selling the concertina to them immediately (otherwise, they said, their offers would vanish or drop). I don't appreciate such tactics, and whoever employs them will not have the privilege of buying my Dipper. Please write me privately if you're interested in purchasing my concertina.
  10. I've received a solid offer of US$7,000 for my Dipper. Would anyone like to offer me more? Or perhaps I should ask, Is anyone able to offer more?
  11. I apologize if any lack of clarity in my original post misled anyone. One thing I'd like to point out is that I mentioned that I've had the concertina for several years. It's not new, as its low serial number indicates. I purchased it new in 1996 from Lark in the Morning. The reason why it's still in nearly new condition is that it's been kept snug in its case (away from beer-splattering sessions ) in a smoke-free, decently humidity-controlled environment, and I've played it only occasionally. Actually, it's in better than new condition--it came with a buzzing low reed, which I had fixed by a local accordion repair shop. At this point, I've still had just the one solid offer of $6300 come in from this site. Technically, I had a higher offer ($7000) come in on the first day; but that person set a 24-hour deadline for acceptance of his offer, and I told him that wasn't fair to people who hadn't yet had a chance to see that the concertina is available. This was one reason why I set a high "buy it now" price--to let people have a chance to bid, and also provide a route to a certain win if someone wants that option. So that's where things stand right now. I'm not in a hurry to sell the concertina; I would like to receive as much as I can for it; and I'd prefer to sell it here rather than on ebay if possible. Please respond by private message if you'd like to offer to buy my Dipper concertina. Thanks!
  12. The County Clare concertina is clear and loud (designed for sessions), but small and light, with fast action and a sweet tone. I'll leave any comparison between different types of concertinas to someone who knows them better. My Dipper is in nearly new condition aside from the slight tarnish (which I assume can be easily polished away by someone who wants to do so) and some wear of the velvet case lining. For those who aren't familiar with ebay, a "buy it now" price sets the high end of the bidding. In other words, I'll welcome bids that are less than $10,000 (we're not close to that figure at this point, and I don't know if I'll get that much). But if someone wants to make sure he or she gets the instrument and won't be outbid, that's what a "buy it now" price does.
  13. Hmm. Can we have bidding without a war? I hope everyone can understand that I'd like to get as much as possible for my concertina. Of course I understand that no one (well, no one I know) actually likes to spend large amounts of money. So far I've had a firm offer of $6300. If I were to sell my Dipper on ebay, I'd set a "buy it now" price of $10,000. I'll do the same here without the fancy ebay software. Please respond by private message, and thanks for your interest!
  14. For sale: 31-key C/G Colin Dipper County Clare silver-ended Anglo concertina, serial number 273. Seven-fold original leather bellows. This instrument has a sweet, clear tone and is in excellent condition except for minor tarnish on the silver ends; it’s been played only lightly since I bought it new. The original Dipper case will come with the concertina, of course. I’m sorry to say that I wasn’t able to learn to play this beautiful instrument decently despite lessons and the encouragement I received from many folks on this site several years ago. It’s time to let someone else enjoy it. I’ve had a local (Seattle) offer of U.S. $6,000. I’m offering the instrument on this site to see if I can get more than that for it. The purchaser will pay for shipping. I’ll make a donation to Concertina.net if the instrument is sold here. Please respond by private message. Thanks for your interest!
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