Hi, I just had a look inside an old (I'd guess 80s or early 90s) Connor Anglo. I was expecting salvaged reeds, but they are pretty obviously a "new" set in aluminium shoes. In fact the whole box has a very Crabb like feel to it - bellows construction etc, and I know that Connor learned at least some of his trade with Crabb.
What I wondered is what makes the difference between a standard and a special? This has fancier endplates to the standard shown on the hobgoblin site, but not is not as flashily appointed as his Jeffries copies.
Do you think the reeds were made for this box, reshoed or soemthing else entirely i.e. perhaps "new old stock" from Crabb or something... any experts out there? Any feelings on the quality of Connor's own reeds?
Aside from the question on the quality of Connor's reeds, these are questions which, if I had them, would prompt me to try to contact Connor himself and get the answers "from the horse's mouth".
Would this have been better in the general forum?
I think not. It's about details of construction
associated with a single maker.
I wouldn't necessarily assume aluminium reed carriers means new/replacement reeds. I believe early use of alloy/aluminium reed carriers goes right back to the early 1900s. See separate thread I've just started on this...
On the other hand, if it's an instrument made by Connor with new reeds (I doubt very much that an instrument whose maker is still alive would need to have all its reeds replaced), I would first suspect that he made the reeds himself. Though I suppose it's possible, I haven't yet heard that anyone in that period was selling sets of reeds to other makers, either newly made or "old stock".