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I will do that but I'm about 350 mi away from it right now so it's going to be a couple of weeks.

Based on the visual appearance, lack of wear. And the sound, sounds even and normal and good to me it's probably going to be in at a minimum very good condition requiring not much work. I could be wrong as I don't really know what goes into an overhaul on these things. I will follow up thank you

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On 9/28/2022 at 7:15 PM, pgraves said:

I just play tested this and to my ear it sounds perfect. I am a musician and no what intonation is.

 

You may know that it sounds like it is reasonably in tune with itself, but unless you have perfect pitch (and most don’t), you don’t know if it is tuned to A=440 or some other standard. So in addition to pictures of the inside, it would be valuable to really assess the tuning. Tuner apps for smartphones can be had for free and are generally reliable. Check every note (both pushing and pulling) and keep a list of what you find. Are all the notes in tune with A=440 equal temperament? Are they all sharp or all flat? By roughly the same amount? If the amounts vary, do they vary in a pattern that suggests it was tuned to some mean-tone temperament? As pointed out earlier, a considerable part of the value will depend on what it will cost to retune it.

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On 10/8/2022 at 7:46 AM, David Barnert said:

Are all the notes in tune with A=440 equal temperament? Are they all sharp or all flat? By roughly the same amount? If the amounts vary, do they vary in a pattern that suggests it was tuned to some mean-tone temperament? 

 

Though by the time this one was made Wheatstone's were "Unless otherwise instructed" only tuning to "Standard International Pitch i.e. A.440" and hadn't been tuning to meantone for a very long time - it had been railed against as barbaric as early as 1855 by no-less than Hector Berlioz, and the revival of it is a relatively recent thing.

 

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Okay, I will check it against a tuner. I had not read this posting, But I had taken it out of the box and checked every note They all spoke with the same intensity and clarity and to my ear they were very in tune.

I was reluctant to dismantle it. If I remove the outer screws does it simply slip off with no complex refitting of parts?

And I said I will check it against a tuner. I have pretty good pitch and I would be quite surprised if it is not dead on across the board. It really is seems to be in mint condition.

Thanks and I hope somebody weighs in with a value on this thing. We'd like to sell it.

 

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Looks clean inside. It looks to me as if there is some minor crack, or flaw in what I guessing is the soundboard?

Perhaps of some minor interest is the music in the case.

So there are the pictures as requested. Hoping to get some feedback from you know eligible concertina-ists.

 

Thanks!

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This was owned, and likely not played a lot by Jennifer Lehmann 

https://mms.americanrecorder.org/members/store_product.php?orgcode=ARSO&pid=83591811

 

Jennifer W. Lehmann founded the Members’ Library Editions in 1987, after having held various editorial music positions on the ARS Board since the late 1970’s. In her memoir “ARS and Me,” former Members’ Library Editor Martha Bixler writes, “Jennifer was a very talented woman, a mathematician and musician possessed of a fine musical hand, who loved to browse in the Princeton Library, make transcriptions of unpublished early music arranged for recorders, and give them away to her friends.” Her Members’ Library Editions 01 Elizabethan Delights, 02 Vintage Burgundy, and 06 Bruckner’s Ave Maria are still available to members on the ARS website, www.americanrecorder.org.

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Not to steer this way off topic…

 

but based on my (admitted) limited experience. I don’t understand the hate for the late period 50-60s Wheatstones. The one I owned and the few I have tried have been really nice.

 

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