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  1. Whilst we all know concertinas are endangered species, I have have read an article where the plight of a visiting European orchestra was detailed. They were stopped by US officials on entry to the country. The issue being their instruments, specifically violin bows etc that have finishings of ivory. The orchestra had to perform with borrowed bows and face a $500 fine per bow to get them back when they go home. Apparently the US is applying some sort of control over the product of endangered species, including ivory, some rosewoods, mother of pearl, tortoiseshell and others. Special certification is required, support documentation and only certain points of entry into the US can be used. This asks the question: does this affect concertinas? I know some instruments are defined as ivory keyed, most rosewoods are Indian rosewood, but some are other species, There are tortoiseshell instruments and some with mother of pearl trims.. Has anyone across the pond looked into this? Could the unwary get caught out? Has anyone tried to get an instrument 'certified'? Could they share the experience for the benefit of others? I have no immediate need or desire to send an instrument to the States, but having read the article, I do wonder if our concertina fellowship may have a problem. Yes I know many instrument keys were bone, but I have seen others with ivory. I have held tortoiseshell instruments, and seen different rosewoods used. Dave
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