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Need some personal reviews of a brand
Sobak posted a topic in General Concertina DiscussionI will be purchasing a concertina within the next few days most likely, but I am unsure of the brand and the company that sells it. Would anybody be able to give me a quick review of this specific instrument? The concertina in question is the 30 key Bonetti from USA Music Supply as seen here http://www.usamusicsupply.com/new-30-button-natural-finishl-concertina-accordion-w-case-ap30.html I will be getting this one pretty much no matter what, but I would love to be prepared for the quality of it. I have seen both great hatred and love for this one, but most of it seems to be from beginners that don't know what to look for. Any responses to this would be greatly appreciated.
littlebearkay posted a topic in General Concertina DiscussionGood Afternoon! I have recently returned to my apartment in New York after a brief visit back home to PA to take care of my aging Grandmother. While I was there, she entrusted me to a mysterious family instrument: an old Anglo-style concertina. I've been doing extensive research on it but I'm having a hard time narrowing down the details of this cute little squeeze box. I wish to tinker and refurbish it but first I'd like to assess it's value (I don't want to ruin something precious). I'm in the process of figuring out how to resize my photos to post so you can have the clarity of seeing what I'm discussing, but here are some of the defining qualities: -Anglo-style (diatonic) -Key of C/G -20 (21) buttons -13 bellow folds (which seems like A LOT) with three of the sections having metal corners -the end plates are made of perforated metal (not screen) -there is no brand stated (and I regretfully have no case for it) but it has a little piece that says "DOUBLE ORGAN" on it as well as a stamp in white lettering on the wood where the leather handles attach that says "GERMANY USSR OCCUPIED" -it is not a very decorative piece. The bellows are in good shape but instead of leather edging they appear to be instead edged with something resembling canvas-tape. When I opened up one of the ends (it has 4 screws attaching it) out of delicate curiosity I found the wooden plate that houses the button/lever assembly to be tacked into the top and also edged with tape so I didn't want to open anything up. I just took a look at the reeds, which honestly were in pretty good shape from what I could see. The instrument plays incredibly sharp but it's held it's tune with itself--which I find admirable. I'll be uploading pictures as soon as I find an acceptable way to shrink them. Ask me all the questions, I want to know more about this cool little guy! Yours in writing, -Kay