Posted 29 June 2011 - 03:06 PM
I didn't have time, equipment or liberty to open it up, but inside the case was a quantity of spare (?) brass reeds mounted on a rectangular piece of wood, neatly routed to house the reeds so I imagine it was original. I also didn't have any tuning devices with me so I don't know what pitch it was in.
From the ledgers, this number appears to fall into the gap between the last of the 1848 numbers and the start of the 1851 numbers (so 1849 might be a good guess?).
My questions are, would anyone out there have a better idea of the date? And was it common at that time to have included with the instrument a set of spare reeds?
Posted 29 June 2011 - 07:16 PM
Some people view that quietness as a fault and may have replaced the reeds with later steel ones (the reed shoe sizes and shapes remained standard for a while after the steel tongues were introduced). Perhaps they made the board with the dovetails to hold the original reeds in case a later owner wanted to restore the concertina to its original configuration??
Posted 30 June 2011 - 02:45 AM
And was it common at that time to have included with the instrument a set of spare reeds?
I don't think it was common, but occasionally concertinas were supplied with two sets of reeds. I have a Lachenal EC from several decades later which has two sets of reeds and reedpans, at two different pitch standards. All four reed pans are stamped with the same serial number so they were clearly made to go together.
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