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Connie M.

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  1. Oh, and for further clarification, the description that I originally sent out to the group when I posted it to sell was not actually written by me, but rather by the fine concertina maker who evaluated it for me. That may be where you got the impression that "I" was upset. I guess, as an impeccable instrument maker, he may have not liked seeing a name inside so I can understand his perspectiave. : )
  2. Gosh, I don't know how you got the impression that I was annoyed by the former owner's name being inside the instrument. I thought it was really kind of cool. It's nice to have a bit of history for such a precious instrument. When I bought it I learned early on that it was there when I had it tuned. I just had no idea who the person was. And it's totally removable if someone does happen to be annoyed with it. : ) Just wanted to clarify. I am very happy that the baritone will be going to a fine, accomplished musician.
  3. This concertina is no longer for sale. A fellow concertina player friend of mine decided to buy it : )
  4. Great suggestions! I guess it just depends on how much one wants to be in a truly acoustic playing experience and that's what I prefer.
  5. I actually don't know the serieal number. When I find out, I'll pass it on. Thanks!
  6. Thanks for the clarification! Hence the need for the viola - to complete the range of sound. Correct?
  7. HaHa - thanks for you input! I don't happen to be at the location of where my baritone is now, so I honestly am a bit confused with your explanantion. I just thought that, it would be the range of the cello since they are both C instruments and when I play an A 440 on my piano or treble, the baritone playing that location on the clef would sound an octave lower. And the richness of the sound reminds me of the cello. Maybe my terminology is incorrect, so I appreciate you trying to clarify. : )
  8. 48 keys, chromatic, an octave lower than my English treble - I think of it as the cello of concertinas
  9. Hi There, I've always wanted to be part of an English concertina quartet, playing a variety of repertoire. I've never lived in an area where there were enough folks playing the instrument to make it possible. So I'm curious - are there any folks out there who live within an hour or so of Athens, Georgia or Charlottesville, Virginia who are in such a group or are "interested" in considering being in such a group? Now that I'm back on this forum after a long haitus I just thought I'd throw it out there...
  10. Thank you all who have responded with such interesting and helpful information about my baritone concertina. It does have a lovely sound and it's good to know more about it's history. I do hope I can find it a good home where it will be used and appreciated. Best to all!
  11. Hexagonal, stretched, English 48 key baritone by H.Crabb & Son (late 1920s/30s). Ebony raised ends, mahogany action boards with sycamore/maple button boards. Mahogany frames with ebony veneers. No damage (cracks/warping) to the action boards, just some moisture staining on the button boards. Some nail damage on the ends around the buttons. The ends are not French polished, but lacquered/stained. Minor damage around the endbolt heads, which is common with mahogany frames (soft). The action is the Lachenal type hook action, but in good condition. The instrument has not been played much (no wear). It has glass buttons on brass sleeves. No damage to the glass. Reed pan is maple/English sycamore with is half radial (higher notes) and half parallel (lower notes). No warping or cracks in the reed pans. Reed pan blocks (and rails) are present and secure. 6 fold black bellows. No cracked hinges or worn bindings It has steel reeds in good condition (rare for vintage baritones) Original wooden case, black leatherette outside, green lining inside, in good condition. The instrument is in good condition, It is in tune and airtight. However, it would be a good candidate for an action and reed overhaul. Pads are aging out, and it has a mixture of valves, some original, some low end concertina replacement valves, and some accordion type valves. Unfortunately, one of the previous owners, Mr H. Beard of 12, Thimbler Rd. Canley, Coventry, Warwickshire, who bought the instrument on 28-12-1972, got his hands on a sharpie and wrote his name, address and date on the bellows, actionboards and reedpans… This can be removed (sanded). Asking price $4800 I would be happy to chat with you about this instrument if you are interested.
  12. Hi There, I was in a similar situation a few months ago, so I appreciate your dilemma. My main instrument is piano, but I also play a Lachenal English concertina, a Crabb English Baritone concertina, and cello, of which I have two. It’s becoming necessary for me to down size and since the Crabb baritone wasn’t getting much attention, even though I love it’s sound, I decided that it was time to think about parting with it. So it will be going on the market soon. But the cello was another story! Since I absolutely LOVE the cello and have been working at it for many years, my decision came through the issue of aesthetics. I can make a piano sound beautiful, I can make my English sound so sweet, but the cello, my long time love, was creating a dissonance within my soul. I couldn’t get the sound I longed for. I loved the cello so much, but I couldn’t for the life of me make her sound beautiful! After several months of angst and sadness, I decided to completely stop playing the cello and begin the process of psychologically parting with the cellos. What actually made it possible for me to do this was that I decided to find a couple very fine cellists to play piano/cello duos with. These days it feels like a win-win. That Crabb and those two cellos will one day soon have new homes, I’m downsizing, and I’ve made peace with what was feeling like utter failure. Through musical collaboration I can enjoy the beautiful sound of cello, becoming a part of it while playing piano, and let go of the frustration and sense of failure that I was feeling after years of lessons while still not being able to play more beautifully. I guess, after this long, personal story, all I’m saying is, how do your instruments make you feel? Which ones feed your soul or not? Wishing you all the best in your decision making.
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