I found this video on youtube of an Irish girl playing an almost identical one.
The gold tooling is identical, as are the bellows papers. The only difference seems to be the metal ends.
It's in unrestored condition, a bit less worn than mine.
The bellows are obviously original, being identical. They are on the thick side, like mine, so that seems to be how Jeffries made them.
I visited the Wakkers site, and they say that they too make the bellows thicker for an anglo, to give extra stiffness, which makes for quicker changes in bellows direction.
I find on these recordings that the fiddle tends to drown out the other instruments a bit, especially the higher notes.
Nice playing though.
They are from Kilmaley, where my mother comes from. Same parish.
And my mother was a cousin of Noel Hill. Kilmaley seems to be a concertina hot spot.
Just found this one, being auctioned today. Same gold tooling, similar wear and tear.
I suppose with metal ends, and metal buttons, the buttons had to be bushed, to avoid rapid wear and sticking.
Edited by Patrick McMahon, 23 June 2016 - 05:31 AM.