In the pipeline
56-key Baritone Aeola
A baritone Aeola is always a bit special - but this one is a bit more special than most, because where they usually go down to G, this is one of the very rare examples that goes right down to Eb. (The serial number is 25396. Look it up in the Wheatstone ledgers, and you'll find "Down to Eb" added to the entry.)
It came in recently from Australia, with a good deal of provenance attached. The nickel plating was in a sorry state, so I have had the ends replated and polished, and the ebony mouldings on the end frames had become rather brittle and crumbly, so they are also being replaced. Apart from that, the instrument is in fine condition, and once fitted with new pads, valves, bushes, straps etc, I think it will be a joy to play.
Guide price: around £4000
Made by Crabb for the London retailer Ball Beavon, this is a top-quality Anglo, with riveted action, metal ends, bone buttons and a cracking set of reeds.
I intend to make and fit new gold-tooled bellows, probably 7-fold, although it would then no longer fit the original wooden hexagonal case, complete with original strap and key! (If you would prefer to stay with 6 folds and the case, please let me know.)
Naturally, it will also have re-plated ends and re-finished woodwork, along with new pads, valves, bushings and straps.
Guide price: around £3500
30-key Ball Beavon in C/G
This is a lovely metal-ended Aeola, serial number 29763, which dates it to 1923. It has clearly led a fairly easy life - the bellows are no more than lightly worn on the underside (I shall give them a cosmetic re-bind), and there is none of the usual gouging around the end-bolts, where well-meaning bodgers often remove them with old kitchen knives instead of an appropriate screwdriver.
There is no loss of plating on the ends, and it was playing very nicely when it came in, albeit not yet in modern concert pitch. I will, of course, also replace all pads, valves, bushes and straps, and re-finish the woodwork.
Guide price: around £2950
48-key treble Aeola
If one of these instruments interests you, it can be moved to the front of the queue, to be ready for sale in a month or so. For more information, please email me via the Contact page, or call me on 01603 702644