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Opinions On C. 1939 40 Button Wheatstone In Music Shop?

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Hello all,

 

My anglo search is progressing...Not least because I've gotten in contact with John Dipper and may be joining the waiting list - unfortunately it looks like it's 4 years! But one can wait, and hope..

 

In the meantime, my search for a more immediate upgrade has been narrowing to 38-40 button anglos, wooden-ended, and higher quality than my current 1949 Wheatstone. I found this c. 1939 Wheatstone on Hobgoblin music's website, which is at their shop in London. Their asking price is £4,550 which seems to be a bit high for a Wheatstone but just wondering what all of you well-versed box-players/makers/dealers think? They might be flexible on price but it's a music shop so I imagine they'll be more on the rigid side of the spectrum...

 

https://www.hobgoblin.com/local/sales/products/SHLO20350/wheatstone-40-key-cg-anglo-concertina-we-mb-6f-sr-cp-circa-1939-absolute-stunner-with-original-hard-c/

 

cheers for any opinions/advice...

 

Magpie

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As I'm far from familiar with Anglo pricing my only remark would be that 1939 might not be considered as "best" or "top" period (re reed-making in particular) in any event (whatever year that period may start or end). Good luck with your search!

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Still, it IS Hobgoblin. They’re well-respected and know their way around concertinas. Might be worth a closer look if you can visit with someone knowledgeable you trust.

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Yeah, I would have thought..I don't know, maybe £3,000? or even less?

 

Hard to say. You might want to check with Chris Algar at Barleycorn Concertinas to see what he's got available and what price he's asking. He might even tell you what he'd charge for an instrument like this one even if he doesn't have one on hand. But bear in mind that instruments vary in quality, even from the same maker and vintage. The extent and quality of any restoration work is an important factor too.

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