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Lots Of Nice Maccanns Around At The Moment


Ivan Viehoff
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The common view is that Maccanns are selling well these days. Which might explain why such a glut has suddenly come on the market. Having waited a very long time for the right 57/8-key to come up, I purchased the one that Alistair Brown recently advertised. But a remarkable number of 57-62 key Maccanns have been put on sale in the last couple of weeks.

 

This one just come up on ebay looks like a stunna

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/McCann-60-button-Due...1QQcmdZViewItem

Originally a 58-key it has been heavily Dipperised, adding in G-A-B on the left hand for the loss only of the D#. Surely very attractive in such compact instrument. Must be something very odd in the market if it fails to get the interest that all these ones oddly didn't:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vie...p;rd=1&rd=1

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vie...p;rd=1&rd=1

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vie...p;rd=1&rd=1

So that is a 61-key Edeophone, a 62-key Wheatstone with raised metal ends, and a 58-key 1950s Wheatstone with wooden ends all failed to sell.

 

46-keys seem to be coming up very regularly at the moment too.

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The common view is that Maccanns are selling well these days. Which might explain why such a glut has suddenly come on the market. Having waited a very long time for the right 57/8-key to come up, I purchased the one that Alistair Brown recently advertised. But a remarkable number of 57-62 key Maccanns have been put on sale in the last couple of weeks.

 

This one just come up on ebay looks like a stunna

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/McCann-60-button-Due...1QQcmdZViewItem

Originally a 58-key it has been heavily Dipperised, adding in G-A-B on the left hand for the loss only of the D#. Surely very attractive in such compact instrument. Must be something very odd in the market if it fails to get the interest that all these ones oddly didn't:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vie...p;rd=1&rd=1

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vie...p;rd=1&rd=1

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vie...p;rd=1&rd=1

So that is a 61-key Edeophone, a 62-key Wheatstone with raised metal ends, and a 58-key 1950s Wheatstone with wooden ends all failed to sell.

 

46-keys seem to be coming up very regularly at the moment too.

If I recall correctly, Chris Algar had this 61 key Edeophone on ebay about three months ago; didn't reach its reserve that time either, but bidding went up to about £1500.

 

The 62 key Wheatstone is owned by a C.net member (if you research the right threads!).

 

To my mind, more instruments on the market equals more choice, resulting in lower prices. The sellers know the probable value of the instruments, so will not sell at a low reserve unless their finances dictate that it is necessary.

 

Regards,

Peter.

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I actually have a 72 +air button Lachenal Edeophone McCann #3275. In reasonably good condition if someone is interested in such a behemoth. It is completely playable as is, though I suspect new valves are in order. One button has it's cap missing ( why they went with soldered caps rather than drawn ones I don't know.) Sound is clean and quite nice. It is a large instrument (about 10" in diameter ) and boy does is go low! ( and high ). It looks very similar to the 61 button one mentioned earlier but larger and slightly more ornate on the ends.

 

I am in no great hurry to sell it, but I'll never play it, ( my duet days are over ) and it would like a good home and to be played.

Dana

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Hi, mine was the 58 button with wooden ends, I was just looking to recoup what I paid and spent on it, it did almost reach the reserve. Bought it a couple of years ago as a spare instrument and only played it a few times. I now have three a 1929 Rosewood and my new (to me) 61 Edeophone (naughty me for being so gready from reading one of the recent forums :rolleyes: ). If anyone is interested and would like a play they would be more than welcome, but I am in no great hurry to sell.

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Ivan noted "Lots Of Nice Maccanns Around At The Moment, ...but not all selling." Well, if one of you will buy one of my old Lachenal anglos (relax, they're nothing special) I'll have the dosh to buy and try a Maccann! What goes around comes around (or what sells around, buys around).

 

Ken

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My 61 Wheatstone, one of 3 duets I'm lucky enough to own, didn't sell, despite being priced to so do, I thought. This clearly means that, unlike a greedy Anglo player who might be obstructing promising young talent etc etc there is no current market for my Maccan so I am forced to keep it. Well what a shame, it's such a nice instrument too....

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I think there is a "thin market" for fine duets, ie, relatively small numbers of buyers and sellers. This means that there isn't necessarily a buyer looking when a seller is selling and vice versa, so in general you have to wait either to buy or to sell. Some random happenings, and a market can be in oversupply or undersupply for some time.

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I think that's about right; if you need to sell in a hurry you have to accept a low price to tempt an existing player into buying a reserve instrument. Otherwise you wait. Rumour has it that duets are becoming more popular, though, with consequent rise in prices. Indeed they may well be a good investment...

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Interesting what Chris Algar says in that e-bay blurb - that 46 key Maccanns "are very sought after". I always thought 57, 62 or 67 were the ideal sizes. I reckon 46 keys are way too few to play with. I even found 57 too few.

 

I tentatively advertised my 67, got five queries, one definite offer, but still have it.

When you consider that a new one would cost (?)up to £7,000(?), how much should a mint, best period aeola etc sell for?

Not to mention having to wait goodness knows how long for a maker to build a new one.

 

 

Andy

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