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  1. I've sent you a pm. I'm looking for a backup whilst mine is being refurbished and this could be ideal.
  2. Wow. Thanks for the excellent answer Geoff. I can perhaps see why these models were not so popular; as anyone familiar with playing a baritone may struggle to adapt to the change. Personally I believe I would rather own separate baritone and treble instruments and live with the fact that I can't get both ranges at the same time. That said, I have little doubt that there are players out there who will have no problem adapting.
  3. Presumably a BT is a treble extended down rather than a baritone extended up? Therefore different fingering than a normal baritone as the lowest note is on the opposite side, or am I just confusing myself again?
  4. Another one of these BTs has come up at our local auction. http://www.the-saleroom.com/en-gb/auction-catalogues/great-western-auctions-ltd/catalogue-id-srgreat10010/lot-6370f031-4f7c-45df-a48e-a45a010239df .Looks like a definite model 14. I'm currently in the process of buying a TT and I would have otherwise been tempted, but I'm going to pop along to the viewing out of pure curiosity; having never seen or tried one before.
  5. The seller lives within 45 minutes drive of where I will be tomorrow. Almost tempted to pop along out of pure curiosity.
  6. It was certainly not my intention to suggest any underhand dealing David. Perhaps my words may have been a little ambigiuous. There're maybe some previous comments that I am not aware of. I was just suggesting that in general terms telephone bidders seem to win these auctions, and I never meant to imply anything beyond that. I've bid online at a few auctions where James Lewis was the auctioneer, and he tends to criticise the valuers for quoting such low guide prices. It occurs to me that they are what they describe as 'come and get me' guide prices that are designed to give people the unrealistic hope that they may get a bargain. The reality is that some will develop auction fever and end up bidding far higher than their budgets would have allowed.
  7. I see that David has done another excellent job.
  8. The ability to bid is not really the issue as I am registered with The Saleroom. The issue is knowing precisely what you are buying.
  9. Well, as it went for £340 (opening bid), it does appear that the estimate was a little optimistic.
  10. A C Norman currently has a 22 month turnoaround time for a tenor. I contacted Marcus Music and they do not make Tenors. They kindly sent me some more details regading the treble, as below: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6QbCk6nSbmea2ljUC1hbUt0Z1l3RDZXeEdxZGZhQ3N0SDVn/view?usp=sharing https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6QbCk6nSbmeUFJ4d2hQMVNDMWRWcWhJZWZHNFZyTl9YdmtN/view?usp=sharing https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6QbCk6nSbmeMThELVFtUkNzLUt5bThtX3k0MUtJa3B4dnN3/view?usp=sharing Nice looking instruments and great value.
  11. A very nice and playable, albeit rather worn (the bellows had been patched up on numerous occasions) Wheatstone Tenor Treble Aeola recently sold at our local auction for just £1,150. Unfortunately I couldn't afford to bid any higher at the time and lost out. At least with that one I knew what I was trying to buy. Through various experiences I find myself less inclined to buy a pig in a poke. Although my financial situation has improved, Bath is unfortunately a little too far to travel just for the possibility of securing the purchase of what may or may not be a tenor treble in a playable or economically restoreable condition.
  12. Our posts crossed Geoff - see the links I posted one minute before your post.
  13. Please try these https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6QbCk6nSbmeRnZ2UFd0YXVSV2pjRjZ6RzlMRUhVU0xwVlFV/view?usp=sharing https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6QbCk6nSbmebmNpMW5wUlkxTG53Mi1KTDQ3NHdGTDV0MUIw/view?usp=sharing https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6QbCk6nSbmeY0x5RDZxazVCNVUwVkIzZklOdmpNbnEyT2JB/view?usp=sharing https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6QbCk6nSbmeZG80d09Va3FNelo5NXhqT2lOeHVxMGxaVGVj/view?usp=sharing https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6QbCk6nSbmeWnRxbEVTVWI2T21Pd0ZIc3RaNmtDanNMZlpn/view?usp=sharing
  14. I have now received more photographs of the 60 button Lachenal, but I don't seem to be able to post them. It does have 7 fold bellows and appears to be 7" across. There's a fair bit of wear on the ends, and it looks like it's long overdue a good service . If anybody knows a way I can post the photos I'll be happy to do so.
  15. I've tried to Theo. The site seems to send you round in circles. I'm not convinced that they are terribly interested in the content of their site. Needless to say I'm going to avoid Craigslist like the plague!
  16. Clearly the language used is of a person who knows about concertinas yet the price is not! I picture somebody sending the money and then receiving a brick wrapped carefully in a large parcel a few days later!
  17. http://london.craigslist.co.uk/msd/4906651393.html compared to http://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/superb-tenor-treble-lachenal-163338281 . I emailed seller (Alex?), who advised he wants payment by bank transfer. The low price, combined with the wish to receive payment by bank transfer, and the fact that this is clearly a straight cut and paste job from a previous ebay auction suggests that it may not be genuine. The seller even emailed me the same photographs that were on the ebay auction.
  18. I've pm'd you Michael as I'm interested in buying your concertina. Rikki
  19. The Marcus website suggests that the key layout goes down to the F below tenor C and up to D. As it's just 37 keys, presumably it doesn't have the duplicate Ab / G# keys?
  20. Weirdly enough I emailed them for more photos and they sent me photos of a wooden ended 26 button anglo!
  21. I know this is an old thread but as somebody who has been on the lookout for a tenor or tenor treble, I've found the comments made to be really interesting. I've recently acquired an old set of 96 key English Concertina lachenal steel reeds in brass chambers. They came from a badly smashed up Lachenal English Treble. I have a Wheatstone model 22, and rather than risk wrecking my reeds by filing them or weighting them with solder, I tuned a couple of the lachenal reeds down, reduced the chamber widths slightly, and swapped them for my low Ab reeds in my model 22. It worked a treat and allows me to now play the low 'F' chord which is really useful when accompanying songs in C or F. I have noted Geoffrey Crabb's reference to the use of the top row as a means of extended the range down. I certainly never use the top rows (or the row below even), and it occurs to me that this could be an (albeit possibly a rather awkward) alternative method of creating a nice tenor concertina for a sum considerably less than the £2,500 plus you would otherwise need to pay. Needless to say, I would not look to convert my model 22 lightly, and would probably look to buy a cheaper basic model as an experiment, and establish whether playabilty could be a major hurdle. I do, of course, appreciate that there will be a degree of routing and the removal of some small blocks of wood (sorry..technical term not known!), and there may be a chamber width issue. I would welcome anyone's thoughts on this, as I do have a habit of over simplifying things at times.
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