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Dating A 20+1 Key Anglo Concertina?

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Need help identifying the date for this 20+1 key anglo concertina. I'm assuming it was produced after 1878 given the trademark, but I can't find a serial number on it.

 

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Dear Kreuz,

you need to remove the six screws from one end or the other and take it apart. The serial number will appear on the bellows frame and on the reed pan. Easy to do, don't be afraid, and good luck!

Don

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... Easy to do, don't be afraid, and good luck!

Don

 

It might or might not be easy to do. The steel end bolts used on this model can be very difficult to remove because of corrosion which can make the screws difficult to turn.

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Well Theo,

I had that happen once(on one I bought on ebay), and Don Nickolds suggested I use a soldering Iron to heat up the screws, and it worked like a charm. But, if you look at the pictures of this instrument carefully, you'll notice really bad screwdriver scraping around the endbolt heads....Those things have been in and out dozens of times, I'd be very surprised if they were frozen in there! (and, if they were, he could use a soldering iron to free them up!)

Take care,

DS

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. . . if you look at the pictures of this instrument carefully, you'll notice really bad screwdriver scraping around the endbolt heads....Those things have been in and out dozens of times, . . . .

It's hard to tell from the photos, but it even looks like there might be different heads on the bolts; at least in the picture, some look flat, some round-headed.

 

But the main thing to see here is a reminder to always be careful in your selection of the right size screwdriver! And to be very careful in using it!

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If you do remove the screws, Make sure to put them back in the original locations. With these old instruments, sometimes the screws are not interchangeable.

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Thanks for the help. I tried removing the screws but several were locked in place and I didn't want to force it. I'll try to give the soldering iron technique a shot.

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