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Has anyone heard of O'Shaughnessy concertinas?

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#1 LHMark


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Posted 12 May 2009 - 07:34 PM

I'm at the local (Rochester NY) session, and a local stalwart told me there's a guy named O'Shaughnessy making concertinas in Canandaigua, NY, and that he learned the craft from Frank Edgely. Can anyone confirm?

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Posted 12 May 2009 - 07:57 PM

If this is the same fellow, I know he's been experimenting with building techniques for some time (using acc reeds at the time we corresponded). I believe he is in the Concertina Guild article linked from the old C.net buyer's guide page. Haven't seen one of his boxes yet.


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Posted 12 May 2009 - 09:25 PM

I've heard of him through Harold Herrington, who speaks highly of him. I have never seen or heard his concertinas though, which I think are accordion-reeded. I understand that Mr. O'Shaughnessy is not one who seeks public limelight and that is why he is "under the radar." I'd love to know more about his work though and if anyone has played his concertinas.

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Posted 13 May 2009 - 08:11 AM

To put the record straight, John O'Shaughnessy learned from Harold Herrington, not from myself. We did meet, however, here at my former shop about eight years ago. He is a machinist, who works at a regular job and is trying to fit making concertinas into a busy schedule. Last time we talked, he was in the process of making six concertinas for a Comhaltas branch somewhere in Ireland. He is a great guy and he can make a very good concertina!

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