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Mike Acott

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  1. Hello Pip, Iwondered what you were doing these days , do you have any G/D anglos for saleat this time if so give me a ring as I am trying to scource one for a local lady. Mike 01728 768128.
  2. one of the main reason is to improve the response of the very smsll reeds where air loss is not a large problem, this commonly seen on a lot of unrestored top insruments of different systems. Mike
  3. Most likely a Jeffries bros duet looking at the raised ends. Mike
  4. Keith Kendricks plays both very successfully and has done so for a considerable time. Mike
  5. I second Stephens statement regarding Crabb paper labels, only metal ones and stamps in both wooden and metal ended boxes. Mike
  6. Hello, as I said the possible identity is a 4 digit serial number ( if this starts with an 8 then the maker is either John crabb or his son Henry) . A large number of boxes stamped as C Jeffries were made by the crabb family makers.
  7. If it is of interest i have had a39key C Jeffries anglothat when undergoing an overhaulI removed the air valve pad and there stamped in the seat of the pad was j crabb maker( in a place thst Jeffries would not have seen. There is proof out there that Crabbsmade a very large number of anglos bearing the name of C Jeffries. If you take an end off ,remove the reed pan and find afour digit number starting with 8---- the concertina is a Crabb. Mike
  8. Hello , If you check with Geoff Crabb, he can confirm that the family made piano keyboard duets, I have owned one which had 56 keys but it was bought by a French player. Mike
  9. The sad thing is I do still play this box(at home) so it is not going anywhere at this time and I don't know of any one who would make one for a sane price. Best regards. Mike
  10. I have had a query about the range on my 80 key Crane, the left hand goes down to C 2 and th right hand end goes up to C 7. Mail me if you want any more information. Regards. Mike Acott
  11. Nigel, thanks for the update,may I ask what area of playing are you interested in .If you want ro go the ITM scene then a C/G may be better,I have a John Crabb 31 key fully restored with new 7 fold bellows ith papers and the period gold tooling in C/G if that is a possible area of interest. If you want some plcs let me know. regards. Mike
  12. Hello Nigel, thanks for the reply, I fully understand your price, I learnt my tecniques from Steve Dickinson decades ago and I try to get ciose to his level of expertise,From the photos Iwould look yo do things my way hencemynot offering your asking price. If you have any change of heart then pleasemail me . Best regards. Mike
  13. Hello, If you decide to part with the box please mail me with the price as I could be very interested. Regards. Mike Acott
  14. Hello ,Some years ago I had a 50key piano keyboard duet made by Crabb, I am certain that Geoff Crabb will remember. I sold it to a French bandonion player who used it to travel regularly between Paris and the USA as his bandonion was to big for cabin luggage. Mike
  15. Hello , Let me have your name and postal address and I will send some Lachenal anglo buttons ; please let me have the diameter to ensure the right size. Regards. Mike Acott
  16. Hello, the difference with the tortoiseshell Aeolas is the tone between brass frames and aluminiumones , the brass frames being slightly more strident and the brass framed boxes sre heavier. Regards. Mike. PS I see someone has a 80 key crabb mine hasthe chevron button layoutwhich suits me, do find my Aeola button layout does tend to some odd notes!
  17. I sold a 20 key anglo bass that went down to C1 , the bottom reed was a harmonium reed from a maker in Paris. When starting to play the box vibrated before you actuallyheard the note! I have never seen a concertina to go that low and still be playable and then only at a pedestrian speed. Mike
  18. Bill, try raising the knap on the chamois leather and then refitting the ends , it may be all that is needed. Mike
  19. Hello Simon, What period label do you look for ,I have a few from the 1847_1880 period and some from 1880 onwards. If one of fit the bill I will need your address, the item is FOC. Mike
  20. Hello Simon, may I ask what your budget is for the treble? Mike
  21. If you prefer contct be mail plesa mail me at mikeacottconcertinas@hotmail.co.uk THank you Mike
  22. Good evening, I think the concertina is a model 21 , I would like to see some photos,and if you want more information please call me on 01728 768128, . Regards. Mike Acott
  23. Has anyone tried to find out how many 80 key Crane duets there are out in the wide world,made by the main makers in the first half of the last centuy. I would really like to know ! mike
  24. Regarding an earlier question the LH Dsharp and E on the left hand end are on separate buttonsworking on the push, thr Bbis double action. My three cranes (two Henry Crabb made and my Aeola No 30657)all have eight fold bellows. Mike
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