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  2. I have the same problem - three sheared end bolts on one end of https://pghardy.net/concertina/lachenal_32801/lachenal_32801.html. Bazza12, can you describe what you achieved? Anyone else got an excess of spare end bolts? I would have gone to Concertina-Spares, but I'm unsure as to whether Mark has recovered back to full service - anybody know?
  3. Dowright, can you give me a date for Lachenal 32801 - https://pghardy.net/concertina/lachenal_32801/lachenal_32801.html ? I'm guessing early to mid 1890s?
  4. Easiest concertina for a pianist to learn? Crane duet! I base this statement on an anecdote ... At my company's summer fête, I ran a stall for children to try out musical instruments. Guitar, banjo, mandolin, of course, but also Autoharp and Waldzither. And my two concertinas, an Anglo and a Crane. One little girl - perhaps 11 or 12 years old - wanted to try a concertina. She said she had piano lessons, so I gave her the Crane, and explained that the middle 3 columns were her "white" piano keys, and showed her middle C and told her how to play the next notes in the scale of C major. By the time she'd reached the C above middle C, she seemed quite comfortable with it, so I said, "Just keep on going," and she made it through the next octave without a mistake. "Great!" I said, "Now do the same with your left hand!" - and she did! As I say, just an anecdote ... Cheers, John
  5. On my Jeffries Duet, there is a rather crudely executed stamp on the left end plate beneath the hand rest as follows.... "New Address 12 Aldershot.Road Kilburn.N.W.6" What is interesting, and is something which has been mentioned elsewhere on this forum, is that the letter 'N' is reversed throughout the wording. For years, I had simply thought that the reversed 'N' was the result of somebody using a incorrectly-made metal die, although that's difficult to visualise happening. Moving on many years. I was out walking through the park of a local stately home recently, when I noticed an old stone bridge that had an inscription on it (The large house had been used as a VAD [Voluntary Aid Detachment] military hospital during WW1). The inscription had, I assume, been made by a WW1 soldier at the hospital. The inscription read, "Pte. W.L. 24/4/17 27th BAttn. CANADIANS.' (see photograph). On every occasion, the 'N' was inscribed reversed. This set me thinking that the stamp on my concertina might not have been an error after all. I have found reference online saying that a reversed capital letter N is common on gravestones dating from the 18th century, and was still occasionally used even up to the early part of the 20th century. Pte W.L. was writing the inscription in his usual way. But why was the N reversed? Here's my theory! If you look at a lower case n, and consider how you would write it, you would usually start with a downward stroke, then up (tracing over the downward stroke), before moving the pen towards the right in a curve, and then down - ' n ' . It is easy to see how, if you were to straighten out those movements into three straight lines, you will end up with a reversed N. Down.... upwards towards the right..... and down again. So, if this reversed N was an early version of the letter, if you were to write it in lower case, one would smooth out the straight lines, and so you get ' n ' . Maybe the 'reversed' capital N was the original way to present the letter 'N'?
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  7. I am selling my rosewood ended 46-button Lachenal MacCann (number 4325). It comes in it's superbly restored original case. The metal buttons are bushed and the concertina and reeds are very clean. The concertina is in good condition though needs fine tuning. I would be happy to send more pictures. I bought it back in 2017 but have never really got to grips with the system, so decided its time to go. I am looking for around £700 but would consider offers. Please pm me if you are interested. Peter
  8. Hello The price includes VAT. Since the instrument is sold in another country, this business is exempt from VAT. The following must be clarified. If the Concertina is cleared in the importing country, whether the VAT has to be paid by the importing country.
  9. Hopefully Jacob will post up an image of the 36k ? It does seem to be an unusual model Anglo or the 'Gremlin" logo. Having said that, given how they operated in commissioning instruments designed - in some cases - by respected / reputable individual's, you just never know what it might be. Their later Ashdown branded stringed instruments range from boxwood basics to 'semi-pro' quality......as do some other 'Made for' brands. It may just be a basic Italian 'job'.
  10. I've sent you a p.m. about these
  11. I want to carry mine in a back pack because I am going on a 2 month hike. It needs to be light as well as strong - any ideas? Clare
  12. If you're sight reading, you should scan the piece for "fun" bits e.g. B to E on the same side or A# / Db then it becomes a bit easier.
  13. I recently had a parcel delivered by the US Post Office to the wrong address Granted it's value was only $100, but a claim led nowhere. Fortunately, my neighbor could read the label and delivered it to my door.
  14. My Dipper spent 2 days or so in Memphis, Tennessee where it was fully opened and inspected. That was 2017. The box had been re-taped and the concertina I, assume had been taken out of its case. In this situation they seem to have been very careful as only one reed was dislodged and that could have happened anywhere along the line. But International shipping of things that show up as odd in the xray are likely to be handled and visually inspected. That reed, still in it's shoe was rattling around, but went in nicely after I opened her up.
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  16. I especially like that the lessons give you the tools and techniques you need to pick up tunes on your own by ear down the road. Each lesson builds systematically and seldom assumes you know something they haven't taught you yet. Starting with the melody line only they introduce you to ornaments and chords fairly early on. I am an ear player who uses music for reference with decades of being a pretty good flute and whistle player, and decades of being a stay at home fiddle player, both in ITM. I'd recommend their classes for anyone who doesn't have an expert down the road. The call and response technique of copying a phrase a teacher plays for you is great for training your ear. And the lessons also provide sheet music if that is how you roll, as well as mp3s of the tune played through at a slow and slightly faster speed so you can play along. The diagrams were useful to me. But you don't have to use them if they don't work for you. Seeing the ango keyboard in your mind's eye and finding it in your hands is important. Edel's lessons may have started on the Wheatstone layout. I don't remember. But they seldom do go up to the right hand accidentals in the beginning lessons. So the only difference there is: is the C# or the push or the pull. The videos are presenting the same notes in enough ways you can find the method you wish to focus on within each lesson.
  17. I see it and I think it would be just the thing to un stuck a toilet..
  18. I play EC. For me the difficulties currently arise when trying to sight-read dots that suddenly hit you with an A# or a Db. Because they are not where I want them to be. I suspect this is something i will get better at in future and eventually it won't be a problem... but it is at the moment. I have no idea if this is also a problem with the various duet systems.
  19. My Anglo is a Homewood/ AC Norman.. it is really a nice player..
  20. I did watch that one as the auction closed.. but found a similar one in UK.. So have my winter ( lockdown? ) project to get to know / befriend it!
  21. Out of interest, do you think you could post photos?
  22. I play the harp as well, and find that music for beginning to intermediate players of small lap harps to be ideal. The music tends to be in the keys of C, D, F and G which suits many concertina models. Left hand accompaniment tends to be simpler, and there is a LOT of music out there, particularly in folk and traditional music. Happy hunting.
  23. Peaceful coexistence between Anglo and English concertinas. Tune is Seul ce Soir, by R. Noel, J. Casanova and P. Durand Played by 2ManyButtons - Randy Stein on Wheatstone English concertina, Jim Besser on Lachenal/Dipper .https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnPJwbojZPw&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR3jpLboCGISHnlvf5JSdsK8QXEgl2OeQh_ZEvMf172Z-9Q4gVbwrjja-8E
  24. Marcus It sounds like a Hohner D40 Anglo - but to be honest, this is a relatively simple find on Google rather than something which needs the combined expertise of the concertina.net university. Have a look at what you can find on Google and if it's not clear from there ask again! Alex West
  25. Hello. I have two 20 button concertina to sell. My son is learning the 30 button one, so don't need them anymore. Good for beginners. One is a old model, the other is new. Just used once. Selling them cheap. (80 pounds for the old, 150 for the new. Feel free to contact
  26. Here's a quick mp3 of my 35-button double-action stretched-hexagon black Lachenal bass EC. You feel the bottom notes as much as you hear them. Awesome sound! Gary Bass Concertina 2.mp3
  27. I knew I had read something somewhere.....it is no wonder I forgot (a) what & (b) where ! but, it is what it is and from the horses mouth, so to speak. This is from C. Net, 2006. It look as if a 36k is NOT one of Andrew Normans, 60 personally built early ones which have been said ( somewhere else I have forgotten ) to be good 'accordion reeded' options. "Dear Daniel, Isn't it always easier to go straight to the person who knows! Around about 1980 (I think) Hobgoblin Music of Crawley, in Sussex (for whom I did a lot of repairs, to mostly concertinas, in a self-employed capacity) decided to go into wholesale. Gremlin Musical Instruments was established at that time. They import instruments from all over the world, as well as sourcing from U.K. manufacturers. The intention was that I would be contracted to make a certain number of concertinas of a better standard than the Italian or German made concertinas. These would look and sound similar to traditional instruments but would be designed to be made and sold much cheaper than traditional concertinas. These were sold by Gremlin (marked Gremlin) under the Saxon brand name, at the same time Italian made concertinas (also badged Gremlin) were sold under the Roman brand name. Cases were sold under the Viking name. See the pattern emerging? The intention was to later make better concertinas under the Norman name. I stopped making Saxon concertinas as there were too many other people involved, too much cost cutting, and it would have been too demanding to make them all myself ( I was living in London and driving down to Crawley, working late, and playing in a band in the evenings). The workshop was only rented temporarily too. I didn't fall out with the owner of Gremlin/Hobgoblin I carried on repairing for him and occasionally supplying them with an A.C.Norman. concertina. The few Saxons that I was entirely responsible for were signed by me, although I did some work on all of them. About 60 were made over 1980-81, 30 key anglos in G/D and C/G, and 40 key English. Later on when I was making the instruments as they are now, I sold to Gremlin (badged Gremlin, and made down to a lower price, sold by Gremlin as the Ashdown), Accordions of London (badged Exselsior), Bob Tedrow in Birmingham U.S.A. (badged Homewood, sold as the Model H) and Jim Shiels (badged Clareman). I have supplied to other dealers under the A.C.Norman name in Ireland, U.K and Germany, who may sell under their own model name! Just to make things even more confusing, Hobgoblin/Gremlin have been advertising their own anglo concertinas under the Ashdown name with an end design based off the original Saxon end! (this is the design I use as my logo) This will be a cheaper concertina, and although I have not seen one, nor had any input whatsoever, I'm sure it will be much better than the Italian Stagis(badged Gremlin!). I reckon that's the definitive history, and you are welcome to quote from this letter, or forward it to anyone who really wants to know more. I can provide more technical information on how they were built and who was involved, but that's enough to put it all into perspective, I hope! Best Regards, Andrew Norman." .....& link to an A.N. Gremlin in G/D which was being passed along by a well regarded member. NOT saying this is the same model and obviously this one has been looked after, but just goes to show what can be done in the right hands.....
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