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  1. Greetings, squeezers!


    I am selling both of my English system concertinas in order to help fund my business startup. They are both listed on eBay:


    Lachenal - http://www.ebay.com/itm/Lachenal-New-Model-56-key-Extended-Treble-Concertina-w-Case-circa-1892-VGC-/141665565548?ssPageName=STRK:MESE:IT



    Wheatstone - http://www.ebay.com/itm/C-Wheatstone-Co-Model-1E-48-Key-Treble-English-Concertina-w-Case-1959-VGC-/141665565551?ssPageName=STRK:MESE:IT


    I would prefer to sell them here, I will make a site donation as is customary should they do so. Please ask any questions you may have about the instruments.





  2. If you are willing to take your time doing the layout and setup work, the tapered dovetail slots in a reed pan can be easily produced with a common router and a few homemade jigs. In fact, if all of the reed shoe sizes use the same degree of taper, you will only need one jig and would adjust length and width of each slot by placing it closer or further from the center hole of the pan.

  3. The banding on the ends looks like it may be the edges of gasketing, possibly chamois. If the ends are indeed bakelite I can see putting a pliant material between mating surfaces to prevent buzzing and (possibly) cracking.

  4. Thanks for the clarification, Geoffrey! I have to admit that my perception is probably limited due to the fact that I haven't so far played other Cranes than the ones who have the traditional wrist strap.


    I can see that resting the instrument solely in your thumbs could be an alternative; would be interesting to try that some time. And since the instrument restored by David (looks like a very nice job as far as the pictures can reveal, by the way) does not appear to have an air button (or does it? what is the little lever thing on the right hand side next to the thumb strap?), the thumbs could be dedicated to holding the instrument, leaving the other four fingers free for playing (requires a pretty strong set of thumbs though I would assume, though).


    Thanks again!



    That lever would be the air valve (or bowing valve if there was another on the left hand side).

  5. That instrument is worth about a tenth of what you are asking at best. You won't even get that kind of money for a top grade 20-button Wheatstone, even in like-new condition - certainly not a no-name German or Italian model. Boxes like that usually sell on eBay for $75 - $250 or so.

  6. Yes, it was a 40-button with metal ends, like the one listed above. I have played a few wooden-ended Bastari/Stagi models and they were definitely superior to the metal end in every way. The model I owned allowed the buttons to pivot far more than the wooden ended types and it was hard to get through a tune without at least one stuck button. Absolutely the worst action of any instrument I have ever played.

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