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German 20 Key With Switchable Second Voice

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This is an unusual type of German concertina with two sets of reeds and a switch on each side to choose between single voice and two voice playing. It is in DA with steel reeds on typical German long zinc plates. All the reeds are intact and playing. The bellows are more like English bellows, quite substantially built, and with just some minor scuffing. The ends are in good condition with what appears to be the original finish and nothing broken or missing. The only parts that are obviously replacements are the straps.
It is approximately in tune with itself and close to concert pitch. I don't really know what such an instrument is worth, so please make me an offer I can't refuse!

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It is too late to reply but I found some relevent informations.

 

The first one came up to eBay in February this year. http://www.ebay.com/itm/281600430420 This one had brown bellows and labelled as "Campbell's Improved Concertina". As the seller noted, 1890 Campbell's catalog listed "The Nonpareil" concertina which had thumb stops to change tones.

http://www.concertina.com/eydmann/campbells-catalogue-1890.pdf (please refer page 4)

Though the Theo's box above had no dealer label and had different bellows colour, overall shapes looked very much similar.

 

The second one was in the last month. http://www.ebay.com/itm/271924549201This one was also missing the dealer label, it had green bellows with gold tooling.

 

Finally, this old topic. http://www.concertina.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=6245 I cannot see the original ebay listing of long ago, but Peter T's description matches the Theo's photo.

 

 

 

Just FYI,

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Taka

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...or to change keys.

 

Cajun musician Wayne Toups plays a Falcon accordeon that is set up to play in C or D just by changing the stops. Saw him play it in Breaux Bridge many years ago and it was pretty awesome.

 

Wouldn't it be cool to figure out how to do this with a concertina?

 

 

Gary

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That sounds beautiful YAGI! The tune reminds me of "The Minstrel Boy"

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I'd love to hear how such a concertina sounds.

https://youtu.be/cwwQ5Rr1lHo and internal view is here https://youtu.be/pL5kqs0OhLg .

 

Thanks for the link! Though it's not that much of a change as what as I hoped for, it's still noticeable and brings a joyful quality to the piece. It'd sure be nice to be able to get that ability to switch to a more accordion-like sound more frequently on anglos! Too bad these instruments seem to be rare.

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