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Just saw a 1963 Wheatstone English 48 key up on Ebay... asking $2500.00.  The metal grill is tarnished, one button is sunken, the bellows leather need some attention. What might it cost to restore? What would it be worth then? I doubt it will sell at the asking price. Just curious....  I'm sending my 1927 English off for service Monday. It's already in better shape than the one up for sale.

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Some  would  say  there  is  usually  no  comparison  between  a  1963  Wheatstone  and  its  1927  cousin.  Of  course  exceptions  do  exist  but  in a blind test  my  money  would always  be  on the  1927.  If  you had  to  pay  $2500  to  buy  the  1963 model  and  spend  money  on a  full  restoration  your  equity  is  sure to  be  negative.  I  have  just  spent  €800  on a new bellows, including  postage, but  it  is  for  a  1929  Aeola  which  is  playing-in  very  nicely  now. I  was a little concerned  about spending  so much  on a  bellows for  a concertina  that  was  unplayable  but  faith  is  proving  itself.

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eBay sellers can be very very unrealistic about prices.  This one sound seriously overpriced. Much better to buy from somebody who understands what they are selling

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I certainly know $2500 for any Wheatstone that needs repair is a gamble at best and the 1963 for sale may fall further onto the gamble scale. The owner of the '63 should at least have sent it to a good shop for a repair estimate before putting it up. There is also a 1907 ebony model 6 for sale...fully restored and priced at $4500. That seems like a fair retail price, but not a bargain. I see so many instruments up for sale on Ebay that need extensive repair and I have purchased a couple over the years...from such comes an education.

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16 hours ago, Everett said:

 There is also a 1907 ebony model 6 for sale...fully restored and priced at $4500. That seems like a fair retail price, but not a bargain. I see so many instruments up for sale on Ebay that need extensive repair and I have purchased a couple over the years...from such comes an education.

That  is  still  far too much  money.  The  Button Box  have  a  nice model 8  , fully  restored  for  a $1000  cheaper  and  comes with a  garantee!  

Good  hunting.

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