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ADVICE ON OLD CONCERTINAS

ADVICE ON OLD CONCERTINAS

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My best advise for anyone spending good money on a concertina is to get advise or approval on the instrument.

There are some dealers out there  who are charging 1990's prices today for old Latchenals etc. Prices have come down a lot on old concertinas as there are more people like myself making new concertinas.

I have just repaired a Crabb Concertina that was bought from a dealer who traveled from the west of Ireland to Dublin  and sold this instrument for €2500. I had to replace a lever which was cracked. There was a few other minor problems with air leaks etc. When I opened the 1950's concertina and saw the condition, I thought I have to show this on the net and warn buyers because a lot of people are been ripped off and my adverts are been removed from the Done Deal any time I mention these dealers. 

CLICK ON THE SMALL PHOTOS TO SEE THEM IN THE LARGER FRAME.

In the past 6 months I have repaired a few of these recently bought concertinas and they are all mostly similar in condition. I have no problem with someone reconditioning an old concertina and replacing valves and springs and pads etc but when nothing is done and they sell on for big money like €2500 and no receipts or guarantee's there is something amiss. This chap was moving up from a starter concertina and he met the guy from the west of Ireland in a car park in Walkinstown and only had a few minutes to make his mind up. Always a cash deal, No paperwork, No comeback.?  This should not be allowed happen.

This Crabb needs to be  reconditioned.

I am putting up some photos of the Crabb to show the inside condition.