|Type : English|
Make : Wheatstone
Model : Aeola Tenor-Treble
Price : Offers over £7000
I have only ever had one of these -and this is it-a Wheatstone Tenor-Treble Aeola with tortoiseshell ends and gold plated fittings.
I have seen a few tortoiseshell concertinas on Ebay but they have been almost universally trebles -and late period models -which are far more common and not very special because they are "poor period".
This is a concertina dealers own special instrument so you can guess that it is about as good as they come.
It is number 31659 which is not only good period-but is the best year of good period.
It has tortoiseshell ends , gold plated buttons and fittings, steel reeds and 6 fold bellows. Comes in its original case which is not restored but could easily be.
I bought this instrument many years ago-and unlike all the others I have had-I never touched it. It is in great original condition- good condition-fully playing but really needing new pads, valves , tuning to concert pitch and the reedpan set properly.
II can see no damage or bad wear. I doubt you will ever find a better one.
I am only selling it because I have a project that I hope to raise money for-and because I am now getting very near 70 and would rather it went to a good home while I am still active rather than have to deal with it when I might not be.
I ought to say that it is supposed to be tortoiseshell but I was informed some years ago by Wim Wakker, (who knows about these things), that most of these that he has tested have actually been made from horn.
I have to say that it would be impossible to sell out of the E.U. if it proves to be the real thing-but I don't really want to post such a valuable item anyway and dearly hope that it can remain in the U.K