Alan Day Posted January 12, 2004 Share Posted January 12, 2004 I have said before on this site that I was lucky that when I bought my Jeffries Concertinas they were purchased at the right time and you would think now at an unbelievably low price.My decision to buy then would be the same now,a concertina hand built consists of hundreds of components,it is very labour intensified,it takes a person(s) hours to make a concertina.Just one reed with its base drilled and tapped in two places, a little clamp plate,the reed made and assembled and then tuned. On a thirty button anglo thats sixty plus a drone sixty two to make.The time goes on when you think about bellows etc.The facts are plain to see that hand built instrument prices will never go down they must only go up.I do not think that reed plates will take over from individual reed design although some of the Italian melodion reed plates are fantastic quality.If the World recession improves labour charges will go up.Is now the time to buy? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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