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  1. Interesting! I had looked at other Scates instruments at the Horniman and discounted them - the action was not the same. Must have missed this one. Scates seems to have used 3 or 4 different actions! Also the connection between Scates and Austin my be a clue, though my instrument doesn't have any of the typical JA impression. 


    Long time since I was in Gateshead. Did my teacher training in Ponteland and loved the Newcastle music scene way back in the 1970s!! 



  2. My first thought was "It's a Lachenal" when I unpacked her and saw the fretwork.......then I saw the action and the serial number.

    The action looks like that used by Jabez Austin and the buttons are tapered from just above the lever hole. This is like the Austin instruments: https://www.concertinamuseum.com/CM00261g.htm and https://www.concertinamuseum.com/CM00260g.htm 

    Pure speculation, but maybe the original ends were damaged and replaced sometime with Lachenal bits at some time in it's life?


    New development - the gilt embossed leather appears to be overlaying the original. I will post more after further investigation.


    I have an instrument that I am trying to identify, so I hope other members can help.There is no maker's label or stamp. It has mahogany ends, with bone/ivory buttons. Fretwork is similar to the various Lachenals that I have owned. Buttons are smaller in diameter that those on my Lachenals and Wheatstone and have a taper at the lower end.

    Serial number is 575.

    Action board is mahogany with slotted brass pillars with brass pivot pin. Levers are round wire, flattened where they pass through the action pillars (and under the pivot). 

    Action box has cut-out slots (to increase volume?) that I haven’t seen before. These may not be original.

    Reed frames are square ended.

    Bellows are green leather with gold embossed pattern. Papers dot & cross though they had been overlaid with roughly hand cut papers in red & gold when it came to me.

    I plan to restore this old girl - for no better reason than inside is an inscription “Amelia Tidd, 18th June, 1875”. It was special to someone! Any clues to Amelia’s identity would be interesting in mapping the history of the instrument.

    Maybe one of the older members dated her?!!!!!!!






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