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Re: Re: Briggs on eBay
« Reply #20 on: March 12, 2018, 12:28:14 PM »

Yes, somebody's paid a huge premium to get it now... ::)

Edited to add:

And set a new record price for any B/C accordion, more than even the very holiest of holy greys! :o

Whilst, as Melodeon commented, it has "2  reeds.. yes folks, 2 reeds" - even if they are absolutely top-quality "A Mano (hand-made) blue edge nostrino reeds by Italian reed makers ‘Antonelli’."... :-\

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Re: Re: Briggs on eBay
« Reply #21 on: March 12, 2018, 12:58:25 PM »

I wonder how long his waiting list is...
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Re: Re: Briggs on eBay
« Reply #22 on: March 12, 2018, 01:24:55 PM »

I wonder how long his waiting list is...
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Re: Re: Briggs on eBay
« Reply #23 on: March 12, 2018, 01:43:40 PM »

I'd heard rumours that he had stopped making but not sure that it's true. Interesting read on his background and he lists them in D/G.
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Re: Re: Briggs on eBay
« Reply #24 on: March 12, 2018, 03:17:12 PM »

Yes, somebody's paid a huge premium to get it now... ::)

Might be a business opportunity. Just order one now for 6k, and sell it for 11k when it is ready :-)
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« Reply #25 on: March 12, 2018, 03:38:01 PM »

Presuming it is delivered in your lifetime: )

I can make more money flipping HOHNERS. !
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Re: Re: Briggs on eBay
« Reply #26 on: March 12, 2018, 03:39:54 PM »

That's maybe not such a daft suggestion. I knew a bloke who did it for quite some time with Morgan sports cars; he made a better living than me!
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Re: Re: Briggs on eBay
« Reply #27 on: March 12, 2018, 05:52:00 PM »


I am so impressed of the box, - the box is in.
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« Reply #28 on: March 12, 2018, 07:18:40 PM »

That's maybe not such a daft suggestion. I knew a bloke who did it for quite some time with Morgan sports cars; he made a better living than me!

I'd been thinking of quoting Morgan as an example of such "market forces" at play, and other small-production exotic cars.
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Re: Re: Briggs on eBay
« Reply #29 on: March 12, 2018, 10:14:34 PM »

Johnny B Connolly's Briggs has 5 different reed blocks, including the B/C he usually uses - the free reed equivalent of having one of each pitch of Generation tin whistle, except it cost about $9k USD more...
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Re: Re: Briggs on eBay
« Reply #30 on: March 13, 2018, 12:15:50 AM »

Yes, somebody's paid a huge premium to get it now... ::)

Edited to add:

And set a new record price for any B/C accordion, more than even the very holiest of holy greys! :o

Not sure about that...the price paid for this Briggs is approx. €12833, and as far as I know, that is slightly less
than the price paid for a 1940s Paolo Soprani a few years back.
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Re: Re: Briggs on eBay
« Reply #31 on: March 13, 2018, 12:33:35 AM »

Yes, somebody's ... set a new record price for any B/C accordion, more than even the very holiest of holy greys! :o

Not sure about that...the price paid for this Briggs is approx. €12833, and as far as I know, that is slightly less
than the price paid for a 1940s Paolo Soprani a few years back.

I know somebody (in Spiddal ;)), who paid €11,000.00 for one (and I know the man who sold it to him), but I never heard of anybody pay more.

But some people have no value on money...  ???

Edited to add missing zero  ::)
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Re: Re: Briggs on eBay
« Reply #32 on: March 13, 2018, 12:42:57 AM »

Might be a business opportunity. Just order one now for 6k, and sell it for 11k when it is ready :-)

I've heard of people doing just that in the trad world with instruments from other makers who have long waiting lists, e.g. with Irish flutes made by Patrick Olwell, for example. Think how the maker must feel when that happens.

I have an old friend who is a well-respected uilleann pipemaker. He had a waiting list of 14 years at last count - it's probably closed now because he's close to retirement. A few years ago somebody for whom he had made a set early in his pipemaking career (before he was famous) sold it for many times the original price. He told me he contacted the seller and suggested that he (the seller) ought to give him (the maker) a share of the profit. Apparently the man agreed!

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Re: Re: Briggs on eBay
« Reply #33 on: March 13, 2018, 01:22:18 AM »

Yes, somebody's ... set a new record price for any B/C accordion, more than even the very holiest of holy greys! :o

Not sure about that...the price paid for this Briggs is approx. €12833, and as far as I know, that is slightly less
than the price paid for a 1940s Paolo Soprani a few years back.

I know somebody (in Spiddal ;)), who paid €1,100.00 for one (and I know the man who sold it to him), but I never heard of anybody pay more.

Surely, that can't be right...€1,100? More like 12 times that amount!
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Re: Re: Briggs on eBay
« Reply #34 on: March 13, 2018, 02:43:02 AM »

Sorry, I was under pressure from a hot bath running when I typed that, and I've been laying there thinking "did I leave a zero out?" in the meantime - and I did. Mea culpa! :|bl

Obviously that should read €11,000.00. ::) (And I heard it "from the horse's mouth"!)

Anyway, I'll correct it in my original post to try and avoid confusing people...
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Re: Re: Briggs on eBay
« Reply #35 on: March 13, 2018, 03:10:04 AM »

Obviously that should read €11,000.00. ::) (And I heard it "from the horse's mouth"!)

On mature recollection, yes you're right. For some reason I had a figure of €13,000 in my head.
11K might be the most paid for a B/C, but higher prices have been paid for D/D# Paolos!
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Re: Re: Briggs on eBay
« Reply #36 on: March 13, 2018, 04:17:39 AM »

On mature recollection ...

Good old Brian Lenihan... ;)

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... higher prices have been paid for D/D# Paolos!

For a very, very special one anyway!



And there wasn't even much left that was original from that 1947-photo grey box (the reeds are said to have been ruined by a French accordion builder along the way, and it had the bass end of a different old grey on it), which Joe Cooley had sold to (fellow Tulla Céilí Band box player) Joe Mac before leaving for America in 1953, and got borrowed many years later...  :(

A tale I won't go into here! ::)

(I'd rather remain on friendly terms with all concerned.)
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Re: Re: Briggs on eBay
« Reply #37 on: March 13, 2018, 10:58:48 AM »

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He had a waiting list of 14 years at last count

Like Chris Wilkes (a top maker of pipes and flutes) - I bought one of his keyed flutes back in 1990, 3 years ago a similar s/hand model sold for 7 times the price that I paid.
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Re: Briggs on eBay
« Reply #38 on: March 14, 2018, 05:02:52 PM »

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Re: Briggs on eBay
« Reply #39 on: March 14, 2018, 06:19:15 PM »

Thanks Theo
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