4to5to6 Posted November 21, 2020 Author Share Posted November 21, 2020 (edited) After calling last night, I just dropped by the store and showed the owners a playable unrestored concertina I recently purchased for $300. I was sure there would never be a sale between us however I was still curious to see if it had brass or aluminum reeds and what type of chambers, etc. I wanted to help answer the questions here and felt sorry for this neglected 80 year old instrument sitting in its case for maybe 50 years and the unconditioned bellows being played and maybe cracking. Instruments need to be loved! i was willing to make a high as possible offer myself if everything checked out but we never got to that point. I had let it go already but all the interest on c.net made me curious again. The concertina is a difficult instrument when it comes to buying and selling and even getting parts and working with restorers because even though not that popular, the supply is quite low and many are very old and appeal to collector enthusiasts with the money who are hoarding them as antiques. I was once sent a photo of a full book case displaying their one of each tortoise and amboyna collection. All I could think about was those poor lonely instruments and the musicians struggling to get something decent including myself at that time. In the 50s and 60s you couldn’t give concertinas away (like an old upright piano today) and they were being given a quick tuning with a dremel destroying the reeds but now it’s unbelievably hard as a player to get a decent unmolested instrument at a good price. I’ve been a musician for 40 years and am often surprised I made it with the concertina because of all my initial hassles and expensive mistakes. Buyer beware! I feel really discouraged today! In the end, i think it is better just to buy from a private individual for an unrestored instrument or just bite the bullet and get a fully restored concertina once you know the concertina is for you. Just let one come to you. Be patient. I am starting to ask myself if these rescue missions are worth it and just have to let them go. Sorry, no photos of the inside. . Edited November 28, 2020 by 4to5to6 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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