First off I am a very new concertina player. I have been lurking here for quite sometime (a little over 5 or 6 months at my latest guestimation).
After reading, asking questions of the concertina makers and concertina shops that I could get in touch with(thanks for all of the info guys) I began to set aside cash to go ahead and purchase one of these amazing instruments.
A few days later I was at a garage sale, and low and behold they were selling a nice looking Stagi/ Bastari ripoff (or a Chinese model, not too sure really) that was in excellent shape and I purchased it for $25.00. It played nicely, no leaks, etc. However like many instruments of this kind it did have a button sticking issue. Normally the issue was quickly resolved by flicking at the button with my finger until it released of it's own accord. I had the instrument for about 4 days before I had to open it up to release a button, and wouldn't you know at that moment the hexagonal end piece that frames the buttons and holds onto the faceplate was knocked out of my hands by my dog. Though I tried to repair it myself, my attempts were futile... I didn't have the correct tools.
After much discussion and what not I had took a chance on a purchase with a music store that seemed legitimate, and in the end they never delivered an instrument to me. In fact this shop gave me a huge run around and in the end I believe that I was the victim of fraud. Luckily I was able to place a stop payment on the purchase, but even so it does leave a bitter taste in my mouth.
So here I am, without an instrument and I am looking to purchase one but my funds are limited (whose aren't)however I am flexible. preferably in the range of $500. to $800.00.
I am hoping someone here has a 30 button anglo w/ riveted action in relatively good working order (cosmetic appearance not terribly important to me, but good condition is) that they would be willing to part with for a reasonable price. Please contact me via PM if you believe you could be of assistance or believe you know someone who could be.