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Could Someone please help me with the value of this C. Wheatstone serial number 50065 made approx in 1937-1941 in London. I have attached the photo of it .Please help me.

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Could Someone please help me with the value of this C. Wheatstone serial number 50065 made approx in 1937-1941 in London. I have attached the photo of it .Please help me.

 

Hello Carl,

 

Before any reasonable evaluation can be made we would have to see the inside of the reedpan. Does your concertina have alluminium or brass shoes or frames? Are the reeds in a dovetailed reedpan? What condition are the bellows? Does the serial number on the Wheatstone badge match the serial number on the inside of the reedpan? Is the concertina tuned to the standard concert tuning? In the event that you need assistance you can contact Willie van Wyk from Rayton (Pretoria) at phone number 012-802-1104 - he does not live too far from you.

 

Your asking price of $4,200 or R30,000 is a lot of money for someone to pay without seeing it in person. I have handled several concertinas from that time period - some are good and some are not good. You would be fortunate to get a buyer who would pay you half of that money. The market is not currently favourable for selling your prized possesion. (I have several expensive Wheatstone concertinas that I wil hang on to for another year or more). I may be wrong...perhaps there is someone with $4,200/R30,000 available...

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it is strange that the value on this instrument was done in 1998 and that time it was worth much more. I am trying to find a honest opinion on this instrument. I have had offers for more and thought it would lead to some one who is able to help me on the value. I have had a lot of responses already also an e-mail from wheatstone also traces it back to to 1937-1940.I also know it is hard to trust others opinions some people are dishonest taking chances on people who are not so clued up on these things. Please take into account I am not saying this of you at all. I am just carefull when it comes to money and people.....We all have been burnt in the past. This is extreemly valuable to me and therefore money can never mesure it's worth.

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This is extreemly valuable to me and therefore money can never mesure it's worth.

Then why not just keep it and not worry about its monetary value?

Edited by Daniel Hersh

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Carl,

 

Ben is not "jerking you around" with regards to the potential value of your instrument. There are some Wheatstone models that have held their value quite well over the years and there are others that temporarily shot up during periods of concertina shortages. But in the last few years there has been the combination of a Worldwide economic downturn and an increase in new sources for concertinas plus an increased supply of older instruments coming from your part of the world. These factors have had a downward effect on those concertinas that were only OK to Fair but were below the top quality tier of instruments. If you can look at recent eBay auction results here in the US, you may see that even Wheaststone Aeola model anglos -- among the most expensive models that Wheatstone sold -- have gone without buyers at prices below $4,000.

 

If you are able to open and photograph the inside of your instrument (showing the button levers and the reedpans) and post those photos, it may be possible to better assess the value of your concertina. Wheatstone made a number of concertinas with aluminum reedframes and hook type actions, and models with those features are generally much less desirable to your potential buyers. Most of the folks on this forum will try to give you an accurate assessment and not be trying to defraud you. Should someone post any unfairly negative info with the intent to force your prices down, I'm sure others on the forum will be quick to de-bunk any misleading statements. So let us try to help you, and I feel sure you'll get reasonable information. Also keep in mind that you need to be realistic in evaluating the value of your concertina. Just because a friend said it was worth thousands doesn't make it so. But listen to what forum members say after reviewing pictures of the interior of your concertina, and then I think you'll get a better indication of what your concertina is worth on the market. Then you can choose to keep or sell it at your whim.

 

Ross Schlabach

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This is extreemly valuable to me and therefore money can never mesure it's worth.

Then why not just keep it and not worry about its monetary value?

if I could I would

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Carl,

 

Ben is not "jerking you around" with regards to the potential value of your instrument. There are some Wheatstone models that have held their value quite well over the years and there are others that temporarily shot up during periods of concertina shortages. But in the last few years there has been the combination of a Worldwide economic downturn and an increase in new sources for concertinas plus an increased supply of older instruments coming from your part of the world. These factors have had a downward effect on those concertinas that were only OK to Fair but were below the top quality tier of instruments. If you can look at recent eBay auction results here in the US, you may see that even Wheaststone Aeola model anglos -- among the most expensive models that Wheatstone sold -- have gone without buyers at prices below $4,000.

 

If you are able to open and photograph the inside of your instrument (showing the button levers and the reedpans) and post those photos, it may be possible to better assess the value of your concertina. Wheatstone made a number of concertinas with aluminum reedframes and hook type actions, and models with those features are generally much less desirable to your potential buyers. Most of the folks on this forum will try to give you an accurate assessment and not be trying to defraud you. Should someone post any unfairly negative info with the intent to force your prices down, I'm sure others on the forum will be quick to de-bunk any misleading statements. So let us try to help you, and I feel sure you'll get reasonable information. Also keep in mind that you need to be realistic in evaluating the value of your concertina. Just because a friend said it was worth thousands doesn't make it so. But listen to what forum members say after reviewing pictures of the interior of your concertina, and then I think you'll get a better indication of what your concertina is worth on the market. Then you can choose to keep or sell it at your whim.

 

Ross Schlabach

 

this is the reason why I am here.

I highly appreciate it. This instrument was my grandfathers and it is stil in it's original form. I am hesitant to open it becase of it still being in this form. If it was a set of drums or a guitar it would be easy for me. Is it safe for me to open it up, I have attached som more foto's. Linota is also ingraved upon it and it seems if it has brass within it. I really hope this could help

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Could Someone please help me with the value of this C. Wheatstone serial number 50065 made approx in 1937-1941 in London. I have attached the photo of it .Please help me.

 

Hello Carl,

 

Before any reasonable evaluation can be made we would have to see the inside of the reedpan. Does your concertina have alluminium or brass shoes or frames? Are the reeds in a dovetailed reedpan? What condition are the bellows? Does the serial number on the Wheatstone badge match the serial number on the inside of the reedpan? Is the concertina tuned to the standard concert tuning? In the event that you need assistance you can contact Willie van Wyk from Rayton (Pretoria) at phone number 012-802-1104 - he does not live too far from you.

 

Your asking price of $4,200 or R30,000 is a lot of money for someone to pay without seeing it in person. I have handled several concertinas from that time period - some are good and some are not good. You would be fortunate to get a buyer who would pay you half of that money. The market is not currently favourable for selling your prized possesion. (I have several expensive Wheatstone concertinas that I wil hang on to for another year or more). I may be wrong...perhaps there is someone with $4,200/R30,000 available...

 

 

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Good luck with your sale. I hope that someone will offer you more than my estimation of its value. Ultimately the market will determine its value.

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