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Stefan Egli

unknown, slightly broken, old concertina

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Hello everybody
A friend of mine has the concertina pictured in the appendix in his possession. Unfortunately he has no other information on age, origin, manufacturer, tuning etc.
The Concertina has one or two broken buttons and has not been opened yet.

Does anyone have an idea of which manufacturer it could be, who could repair this instrument and what value this Concertina could have?

Thank you for your help.

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That is a Wheatstone  by the look of it.

 

Where to get it repaired    depends which  country  you live in.

 

In reasonable  playing and cosmetic  condition  these  can  be worth  £1500 -  £2000   .  The fretwork is a little  crude   and it is impossible to    tell what needs  repair.

 

If you can  find a number  stamped  on the woodwork  inside  (  5 digit  serial  number)  then it is  easy  to   find out how old the instrument is .

 

Good luck with it.

Edited by Geoff Wooff

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Then I  would suggest  finding a concertina restorer  in   England.... there are quite a few.

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4 hours ago, Stephen Selby said:

I see a trigger-style breather button next to the l/h thumb strap. Did Wheatstone do those?

Yes,  you  will find these  on Wheatstone  concertinas.  

 

In the  Wheatstone Ledgers    the  'air'  buttons  (  where they are present on an instrument)  are  noted  by the  designation   SV  ( for  slide valve)  or  KV  ( for  key valve).    The change over  from    Slide valve  to  Key valve  happened  in the early 1920's . The   breather , button or lever,  is  only on the right   but  if they  are  on both sides then they  will  be  'bowing valves'  and  only work in one direction each.

 

I  have  two  similar  models  of Wheatstone , one with and one without  the  Slide   air  lever  on the right.  Although  we might utilise  this  as  an  'air'  lever  these days  I  feel it  might have  been  meant to  be a double action  Bowing valve  as none of these  work  very well as a quick  way of opening or closing  the bellows.

 

 

Edited by Geoff Wooff

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2 hours ago, Geoff Wooff said:

.......The   breather , button or lever,  is  only on the right.......

 

 ......two  similar  models  of Wheatstone , one with and one without  the  Slide   air  lever  on the right. .......

The pictures, both from the OP and from Takayuki, shows the slot for an air lever on the left hand side.🤔

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5 hours ago, Leonard said:

The pictures, both from the OP and from Takayuki, shows the slot for an air lever on the left hand side.🤔

Yes they  have the slots  on both sides  but  rarely  levers  on  both sides  and  often slots  but  no levers  at all.  I have seen  levers on both sides  of a Wheatstone  but it is rare.

Edited by Geoff Wooff

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Thanks.

After a better look indeed I see lever slots on both sides on the OP's pictures.

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