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  1. Thanks for the clarification, Blue eyed sailor. I still lack the confidence to take anything apart! We just had the frightening experience of having to evacuate and flee bushfires which came very close to our home, but you will be glad to know that I had the presence of mind to put the concertina in the car when we left! I may start over with a new post soon, as advised. Sallyann
  2. Thanks for the recent comments - I have been too busy enjoying beach holidays to reply! (Sorry, it is nice and warm in Australia.) Appreciate all the thoughts and I have a clearer understanding now of what sort of instrument I have had sitting on a shelf for so long. I am not planning to restore the concertina, Wolf, so the sale is 'as is' and I am just needing to take it steady as I glean information which is turning out to be way more interesting than I anticipated!! I can always come down, David, but had to start somewhere. Happy new year to all! Sallyann
  3. My goodness! This concertina parallel universe just gets more intriguing. Thanks for the confirming information, Dowright - that makes sense and I will settle for the c1922 date. I just wish I had asked a few questions when Dad was still around, and not just about the concertina. I do know that Dad's grandfather was a concert pianist, and that the Cornish musical traditions have come down through our family, but, like Dad, I play some instruments only by ear. That helps me to play the piano accordion, so I can imagine how Dad conquered the concertina. Thanks again for all the information. Sallyann
  4. Ha - thanks for the commentary on our climate and concern for the instrument. I am in Melbourne so we have everything from frosts in winter to 45 degree heat in summer. I have to say though, it is not a lot different in the house. The concertina nearly went to the op shop but I rescued it for sentimental reasons and haven't given it a thought since until now. Dad died in 1994 so I can't reverse what has happened since then but I promise to look after it now!
  5. I am selling my father's Lachenal Edeophone 48 button treble concertina, which he used in the Salvation Army. It is a twelve sided instrument with wooden fretwork ends and 6 fold bellows, complete with original case. This is an opportunity to buy a top of range English concertina. It has a serial number 58850, which means it was made in about 1922. It is being sold as is, and has three buttons without sound, a re-attached right finger slide and a broken lock on the case. I am located in Australia and am looking for a fair offer. If you are local you could come and try it out, but I can't play it to do a demo! Please contact me for any further information. Sallyann
  6. Thanks Wolf - it is all becoming more and more interesting. I have explored the buttons and it is true to say that my accordion plaing helps me to make sense of the buttons. I feel like I have entered an alternative universe! Sallyann
  7. Chris, How interesting that your wife has that background. Concertinas were certainly more portable and did the job as a solo accompaniment. I have had a try to work out the buttons and discovered that there is a middle button that is exactly the middle C on my piano, which is tuned to concert pitch. There are two buttons on the right hand at the extreme end of rows that do not work but the rest do. A closer look reveals that the ends are metal and the whole thing seems to be in very good condition. I shall read some more about chromatic concertinas and other interesting things. I wish I could find out where this came from, but anyone who would know anything has passed on. So at least I have put it in its historical context with your help. Thanks! Sallyann
  8. Chris, great to hear from you - and so much information! I suspect that Dad may have bought it second hand, as he was not rich (a Salvo!) but he also liked quality. I think this one has wooden ends and it looks shiny and well cared for. I have memories of being with him in a country town in Australia when he used it in open air meetings on the street corner. Like most Salvos, he could play by ear and never had any formal training. I play the piano accordion but I can't really see myself playing the concertina and it is gathering dust in the shed. Anyway, it is lovely to know it is a good instrument. Thanks for the reply. Sallyann
  9. I have just dug out my father's concertina which he owned and played as a Salvation Army officer from the 1940's. I don't know anything about concertinas but have become interested as I realise that his is in good condition. It is a Lachenal Edeophone with 48 buttons and has a serial number of 58850. The leather box looks original too. Can someone tell me approximately when it may have been made and if it is valuable now?
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