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#1 John Sylte

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Posted 24 January 2018 - 06:41 PM

Check this little 20 button beauty out. Not quite 4" flat to flat. She is right in between Eb/Bb and E/B, and beautifully in tune with herself, but not as airtight as I would like. Serial number 48556 by one source appears to have been made 1876 ish? Is this a rare specimen or pretty common? It has amazing sound for such a small thing...

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Posted 25 January 2018 - 05:42 PM

Congratulations on your rare find!



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Posted 25 January 2018 - 06:09 PM

I cleaned and cleared a couple reeds and replaced the air pad which brought it up from 60% to about 80% airtightness. The other pads are old too, so clearly that simple task would help. This is really a cool litttle instrument! It's powerful. Just wish it had one extra button for (what would be) C#. Ben, do you know how rare this is? I have found only one picture of a similar instrument online, but shinier and without hand rests.

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Posted 26 January 2018 - 12:43 AM

Fixed a few notes... She's a player!

https://youtu.be/E3oIS2HKwyQ

So nobody knows anything about these minis?

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Posted 26 January 2018 - 01:46 AM

...So nobody knows anything about these minis?

 

There is a lengthy article by Randall Merris about miniature and semi-miniature concertinas in Volume 9 of the Papers

of the International Concertina Association:

 

http://www.concertin...-volume-9-2012/

 

i have certainly seen an instrument of this size, though I can't remember the manufacturer or the key...

 

Roger


Edited by lachenal74693, 26 January 2018 - 01:47 AM.


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Posted 26 January 2018 - 03:52 AM

Thanks for narrowing it down to issue number nine for me. I found that link online but didn't know where to go. It appears from this article that there is only one other Lachenal mentioned of these dimensions and it has 22 buttons. This is beginning to sound like one of a kind. I am totally in love with it. Surprised it only has six fold bellows, and no c# (equivalent). I'm guessing that's what the extra key is on the other one. I really would like to learn more about this thing. Thanks to anyone and everyone for your help.

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Posted 26 January 2018 - 05:27 AM

Thanks for narrowing it down to issue number nine for me...Surprised it only has six fold bellows, and no c# (equivalent)....

 

It's not very clear which issue contains what, is it?

 

As it happens, I'm sitting in the Music Library in Manchester with my Lachenal semi-miniature Bb/F. It too

has 6-fold bellows. No problems with a 'missing' C# equivalent - it's a full 30-button job - lovely - even the

librarians like it!

 

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Posted 26 January 2018 - 06:18 AM

 I'm guessing that's what the extra key is on the other one.

I have standard sized (not miniature) 22 button C/G.  Extra buttons are G#/Bb on LHS and C#/D# on RHS push/pull. I guess the one in PICA Fig.A1.5 has the same scheme though that one is D/A.



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Posted 03 February 2018 - 03:54 PM

It certainly sits nicely in a sweet spot in the range of concertina sizes. It is a true miniature, though most were englishes, mccaan duets, etc. The nice thing about this one is that it seems, to me, more practical than the very small miniatures, which have no straps and require the player to pinch the frames to play the instrument, thus making the playing awkward and limiting the time you could spend playing, as your hands would invariably cramp. It sounds beautiful. I would contact Greg Jowaisas, who is a forum member here, for more information/ideas. YAGI also, he knows a good deal about these miniatures. Awesome find!

 

EDIT     I noticed that the hand-rests are higher than on a (standard-sized) Lachenal, which makes sense per the ergonomics of a miniature. I think that the concertina was likely a custom ordered one-off or some variant. For the record, I am a novice, and a little drunk, NO, a lotta drunk, hence the 'ergonomics of a miniature'


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Posted 14 February 2018 - 02:27 PM

The reeds on this little guy are stamped as if it were originally in D/A. The only other metal ended true miniature anglo lachenal in (online) history (that I can find) is the one referred to in volume 9 of the Papers of the International Concertina Association and is also in D/A. This makes sense to me from an engineering perspective because the lowest (biggest) reeds on the left hand side wouldn't fit in a reedpan of this size if they were in a lower key. The fact that mine is currently somewhere between Eb and E suggests maybe this was retuned to be played with another instrument in Bb. Just a guess. An interesting fact is that my serial number significantly predates the other lachenal mini by twenty years or so(?). Does this allow any conclusions? I'm really impressed with this powerful little instrument! Been playing it a lot. It makes my 38b Jeffries feel like a sherman tank when I switch back and forth

Edited by John Sylte, 14 February 2018 - 02:49 PM.






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