Englsih Concertinas for Sale

After a lousy experience trying to sell on Ebay (which is a dandy place for buyers, but a real snake pit for sellers), I am now looking to sell some primo English concertinas directly.





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This is a mint condition 48 button, raised-end Model 6 Wheatstone treble concertina,serial # 23762. The Model 6 was one of the best production models Wheatstone ever made, from the glory days before the 1930s and the cheapification that followed.   See the 1915 Wheatstone catalog page below.  Its voice is quick with a good sweet timbre and was restored, tuned and voiced by Wim Wakker of Concertina Connection in 2013.  At my request, Wakker fitted wrist straps and a new bellows (with more folds than the factory standard, which allows longer draws) and French polished the ends for the deep glossy finish of Steinway pianos, although, as with all wood of this age, the surface is somewhat crazed.   It comes with wrist straps, steel reeds, velcro squares for attaching the Microvox concertina microphone (not included), domed buttons and a substantial black leatherette case with red flocked interior. 

   





   


Two off-the-cuff recordings from this instrument: Three English Country Dance tunes     another: Well Done Jack

The very highest A note has had the reeds removed to serve as an air button; the reeds will be included should you wish to reinstall them.


Flaw: There is some small chipping at the corner near the serial number which can be seen in the pictures

Reason for selling:  I have another Model 6 that I play daily.  I bought the one up for sale here as a backup, but have never needed it.

Price: $4000.
If shipped, an extra $150. or more for double heavy-duty boxing, insurance and postage (Yes, it costs that much)

Please contact sdean@sdean.net.  Alternately call or text 845-797-1897
Please: no tire-kicking or low-ball gaming as has happened to me on Ebay; serious interest only.

Local pickup preferred to assure your satisfaction with the instrument; if you're in the Northeast (I live in Kingston, NY, 90 miles north of NYC), we could drive to meet..






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This is an exceedingly rare soprano or piccolo (transposes up an octave) concertina, circa 1919, and one of Lachenal's premier Edeophone models, in A440 tuning and perfect working condition, serial #52900.  Like all soprano concertinas, it speaks very quickly; you'll never find a faster box.  Its timbre can be anything from a haunting ethereal high whisper (when played with a light touch) to a range and power that'll cut through everything when pushed. Its keyboard is the same as a 48 key treble, except that every note is up an octave.

    

     

            



  



Excellent working condition, all notes speak and are in tune, bellows tight. A delight to play. It comes with wrist straps, steel reeds, velcro squares for attaching the Microvox concertina microphone (not included), domed buttons and a bombproof case - an IBM mainframe module shipping container (12"x12"x12") that you could drop 10 feet without disturbing the concertina within.
Completely restored and voiced by Wim Wakker of Concertina Connection in 2003; an invoice listing the work he did is shown above; please review and note that there is nearly $1000 invested in that restoration.  This box is ready to sing for you. 

You can hear it played with a light touch at the 2:45 mark in this recording

Reason for selling:  I have another soprano as well.

Price: $3250.
If shipped, an extra $150. or more for double heavy-duty boxing, insurance and postage
(Yes, it costs that much)
Please contact sdean@sdean.net.  Alternately call or text 845-797-1897
Please: no tire-kicking or low-ball gaming as has happened to me on Ebay; serious interest only.

Local pickup preferred to assure your satisfaction with the instrument; if you're in the Northeast (I live in Kingston, NY, 90 miles north of NYC), we could drive to meet..






     Top of the Lachenal line in 1850, the NonPareil, a presentation model, S#14241 in excellent working condition, all notes speak and are in tune, with the original bellows, still tight but, alas too tight: old and stiff.  Clear sweet tone, recording here.   The most beautiful box you're likely to ever see, along with a matching fitted amboyna case.   
Steel reeds, glass button, gold inlays,gold fittings and gold imprinted leahther, French polished amboyna wood....
 
     
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to the man on the right above....





I bought this concertina from Wim Wakker (of Conceertina Connection) back in 2000 after he'd completely restored it: new valves and pads, voiced and tuned plus a new seven fold bellows, all of which is still in fine shape:  all notes speak and are in tune, bellows tight. A delight to play. It comes with wrist straps, steel reeds, velcro squares for attaching the Microvox concertina microphone (not included), domed buttons and a bombproof case - an IBM mainframe module shipping container (12"x12"x12") that you could drop 10 feet without disturbing the concertina within.  Over the years since, the vneer trim has come off here and there on the ends and in one place on a side....but it plays sweet and quick
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Two Sound files from this box:
Wells Humour, tune attributed to Purcell, late 1600s
Bloomsbury Market: traditional English Country Dance tune from 1703


Full renovation in 2000 by Wim Wakker of the Concertina Connection included 7 fold bellows, still supple as can be...

The concertina sat there for these pictures: it was not blocked open,

     

    



There is veneer missing on the side and ends, affecting playing not at all.  Also the nickel plate has gone dull.
Inside is what counts and that's in good shape: bellows, valves, pads, all's still good.
All notes speak and are in tune.

          

The case....all but bombproof with the concertina....

           

...nestled deep in protective foam (that once protected IBM mainframe chips worth around $50,000)



The serial number can be seen on the action board



Note the pristine pads, valves & date of the 2000 CC renovation   
                  








Price: $2800.

If shipped, an extra $150. or more for double heavy-duty boxing, insurance and postage
(Yes, it costs that much)
Please contact sdean@sdean.net.  Alternately call or text 845-797-1897
Please: no tire-kicking or low-ball gaming; serious interest only.

Local pickup preferred to assure your satisfaction with the instrument; if you're in the Northeast (I live in Kingston, NY, 90 miles north of NYC), we could drive to meet.