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    You should re-post this into Dowright's Datina Lachenal Concertinas thread here: Dating Lachenal Concertinas - Serial Numbers/Descriptions Dowright is looking for all the Lachenal concertina information he can find.
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  4. Hi Dana, thanks for your reply. You are the native speaker and i full agree with all you did explain! Have a nice day an keep healthy. i keep working, because we should stay indoors anyway. Johann
  5. Stephen: I'm not sure I understand your question, where you wrote, "Is the angle similar to the English where you will have a bass and treble extended travel etc. to determine what key Or what range is the most comfortable for you as with the English as you all know you can play in multiple keys." Can you try re-wording it? I'm especially not clear on what you mean by "you will have a bass and treble extended travel etc."
  6. I just had a great time jamming with Paolo on Jam Kazam. Never met him before, but we hooked up nicely and played together for over an hour tonight. He lives in Rome, Italy and plays guitar for dancers at clubs there that enjoy Brazilian Bossa Nova... so already he was a soul mate. Musicians that play for dancers... they have a certain bond, a certain shared understanding. He played and sang with authority and I joined him for a wild ride of busking along to popular Bossa songs from the 50's that I had never heard before. Such fun! Aside from perfect English and Italian, he claims to speak Portuguese and some Spanish. It was so refreshing to play with Paolo. What a nice guy, The cultural triangle of Brazil, Rome and NYC was quite stimulating, to say the least! Earlier this evening I had joined and then un-joined several random JK sessions. They were playing Pop and Rock and while I can enjoy playing in those genres, the music that was going down was not really happening for me on concertina. So many difficulties like: wrong key, modulations, never heard that song before, weird stuff, folks trying to play songs they really did not know, technical problems etc... On JK, if you surf the sessions, you take what you get... and I ended up getting a great duo session with my new friend Paolo, Brazilian musician in Rome. So worth it.
  7. There's one by Wim Wakker that comes with the Elise Hayden from Concertina Connection.
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  9. Phil, you want a Pelican/Hardig IM2075. You can get it with or without foam,. Right around $50 last time I looked and a great deal. Sadly, the 48 key english and related < 7" are the best fit. Wish I could find one for a couple of my duets. Kind regards, Rod
  10. Hey Johan, I love the Parable of the Lice 😄. I have only had to do brass reed setting on Organ reeds, but on my steel concertina reeds I am in the straight reed camp. This was after giving the reed tips a slight swoop upward so the tip entered the window later than it would if the reed was straight. I think I did this because it was easy to have the tip bent slightly downward so it appears the set height is good when actually it grows a little behind the reed tip. After getting in the habit of looking at the reed under the microscope on edge, I could see that happening. After many many reeds, I find that having the reed basically flat from root to tip. So the reed closes off pretty much at the same time as it swings. I use thin slips of shim steel to lift the reeds and adjust the set. They are a few inches long and tapered from about 7/16 inch in width at the wide end to 1/4 inch at the narrow that has been ground to a thin knife edge. I use the heel of the lifter placed at the root of the reed and rock it forward to lower the set from the root and slip it under the reed from the tip toward the root and lift slightly to raise the set. This keeps the reed straight. Concertina reeds need to be as responsive as possible. The interesting reed bending variants that are used to affect the tone in other reed instruments tend not to be optimal in that regard. None of that matters in an organ that tends to operate at a more or less constant pressure level, but concertinas can’t afford it. I think of reed as a little like pre-loading the spring that splits the difference of being high enough to ensure it doesn’t die in the window, but low enough to require little air flow to close it and start the oscillation. It does need to be high enough so that the reed can produce enough volume, but that is a trade off between volume and response. I find stiffer reeds can operate at a lower set than thin or weak reeds. Dana
  11. Have you looked into the pelican camera boxes and their look a likes in other brands? I know some sizes fit anglos. I am not sure how much bigger an English is. Good Luck!
  12. Hi Greg,  I hope this note finds you well I tried to contact you via your email address but perhaps that has changed. As you could say I am back on and getting into the music again after having some thumb surgery and freeing up time as I still work full-time and my job but have made a determination to spend more time with my Music.   How are you doing would love to hear from you. 

  13. This might be a stupid question but it won’t be the first one I’ve ever asked. I have English concertinas (too many) after having a couple of hand surgeries I’m back to the form and back to studying to play again. The question I have is the comment that was made relative to the Anglo and what key you sing it. Is the angle similar to the English where you will have a bass and treble extended travel etc. to determine what key Or what range is the most comfortable for you as with the English as you all know you can play in multiple keys. Thanks you StephenTx
  14. Hi all. Not new, but the old story of dating 48key concertinas. No.1 Lachenal (restored) no. 45815 (according to label on baffle cloth). Rosewood? flat ends (very dark stain). Bone buttons. Brass reeds in brass frames. Originally 4 fold card bellows, now 5 fold new. No.2 Lachenal no.53176. Identical to no.1. Original 5 fold bellows. Damaged slightly. No.3 No name label, as no baffle cloths, but looks similar to nos 1 & 2. No.35035. Rosewood? flat ends (very dark stain) Bone buttons, but bushed through ends. Ex Salvation Army instrument, still has music stand bracket on. Mix of steel and brass reeds in brass frames. 5 fold bellows. Nos 2&3 to be restored eventually. Sorry, but can not seem to load photo on this mobile. Any ideas please. Thanks.
  15. William, your bandoneon looks like an ELA to me. This could be verified by the serial number and production date inside. ELA has been sending CBArnolds (=Chromatic Bandoneon Arnold) at least from 1929 to South America, there is a reference on an italian webside. That means they produced them for a timespan of ten to fifteen years. My guess is they made some hundreds, certainly not more than a few thousands. They produced a book with it, the Metodo E.V. Favero". Oriwohl claims that Alfred Arnold made CBArnold bandoneons and he should know, he learned to play unisonoric bandoneon from E. Kusserow in the thirties. But the one picture I found is definitely an ELA. What we call a Kusserow bandoneon has been developed by different bandoneon-makers in the twenties. It is very similar to a CBArnold. It was designed for playing melody with the right and cords with the left hand. It's main advantage is that you can play in all keyes by just moving your hand to a different position on the keyboard. If you see photos of early players in Germany they often play the bandoneon "on the corner" which makes it easier to find a decent fingering for the left hand. Oriwohl played a lot of classical music like Bach Toccatas on his bandoneon so it can be done. Nils
  16. Hi, I own a 48 key Lachenal for which I would love to have a manufacturing date. It's English, 48 key, ME flat metal ends, steel reeds, MB metal buttons, 5 fold bellows which appear to be original. The number 24122 stamped into the wood frame on both the left and right side, as well as on the reed pan . The badge is missing. Thanks! Ed
  17. I found a couple other versions of this in the same key, although they one show the first page: https://sheetmusic-free.com/hedwigs-theme-sheet-music-harry-potter/ https://www.sheetmusicdirect.com/se/ID_No/47996/Product.aspx They might give you some ideas. Just keep in mind that it's in E minor and try not to make it too "arty." Good luck!
  18. Does anyone have any knowledge or experience with the Garvey Tina Swift anglo concertina. I am thinking about purchasong one and want to know if it is worth the extra pice over the Tina beginner model. 🙂
  19. I'm signed up as well - just got to find somewhere to stay and hope that the virus lets us go Alex West
  20. You know how you hear a tune on a CD and don't think anything of it, and they a year later you hear it and think "OMG, this is great?" That's the way it was with this tune, Unanimity. I heard it on one of the Leveret CDs a while back, and maybe because their CDs are so full of good tunes, I didn't pay any attention. Then, yesterday, I heard Andy Turner's version on his previously mentioned blog, and I was gobsmacked. So this morning I worked my way through it. It's rough, but it seems to me to be one of those tunes that's uniquely suited to the Anglo concertina. Now I have to go back and see what Leveret did with it. https://soundcloud.com/concertinist/unanimity-march-29
  21. Thanks Steven. Do we have any clue about the maker? The 'half-body' reed plates seem to be unique ?
  22. Get it back to the supplier, or at least phone them. even taking it apart may invalidate any warranty.
  23. I've had the bellows in compression for about a week, on and off, and it seems to be doing the trick. They have reduced in length considerably to about 6 inches, with a little springiness left in them. Once I have fitted the top and end runs they will be going back under compression. Thanks for all the help. Rod
  24. I expect the German manufacturer, whoever they were, had access to a Nickolds instrument and copied elements of the design to come up with these. For that matter, you also get German-made copies of 2-row Lachenal Anglos turning up in England - whilst genuine Lachenal instruments were exported to Germany and available there.
  25. Here's a new one from Paul McCann (played on Crane, I assume):
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  27. Thank-you David. It's always nice to hear from someone who enjoys my little idea. Best wishes, Brian.
  28. Stephen, Many thanks for your sage words, diagnosis and the link to a thread that I failed to find. Do you think that the German manufacturer had access to Nickolds parts or just copied them?
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