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  1. Another Horniman oddity to be considered, which is definitely an English->Crane and shows that conversion isn't simple: 50584
  2. This non-standard duet serial number jogged a distant memory from around 15 years ago - see Lachenal 43438
  3. Try contacting the WCCP (West Country Concertina Players). They are based at Ruishton which is only a few miles south of Taunton, and can perhaps suggest someone.
  4. Hi George, Something doesn't quite add up here. The text on the label and the handles (MAK is actually Make) suggests an instrument made after ~1878. We would expect this date to have a serial number around 47000 upwards, so the number you supplied doesn't accord. In the past we've found that often one digit of the serial is hidden behind the fretwork, so could you check it very carefully. If the number was 117472 we'd be looking at a date circa 1890, 17472x would be circa 1905.
  5. In case you're wondering what's been added: Two 100+ year old recordings from Ernest Rutterford: The Middy and Old Faithful. Contemporary recordings from George Gonzalez (Hayden) and Rob Neal, Gilbert Carrère, and Colin Whyles (Maccann)
  6. John Holman - Inventor isn't a collector of LPs, otherwise he might have met John more recently in a town we both live near, which has an arcade shop selling 2nd hand records, etc.
  7. The buttons seem to be stuck to the ends of the levers - a typical German style construction. The label on the right hand end looks to have C.G.H on it, which I think I've seen elsewhere as a known German maker.
  8. My uncle from New Zealand visited us in England about 1960. The boat stopped in Fiji and other islands on the way. So maybe Australasia going via USA?
  9. 1920 seems too early for a 'Jazz' Band as the term only came to public prominence with recordings in 1918. So I suspect the photo caption using 'Jazz' is later. The 1905 repertoire is pretty standard fare for the time. Most people married around the age of 20, so having a ~5 year old child in 1905 is quite possible, and the girl in the photo looks mid-late teens, which could also fit. Thanks Gary!
  10. Hi Peter, We can't answer you without further details - see the kind of details the previous enquirers have added. With a number that high its almost certain to be an anglo concertina, but its value will depend on many factors like the number of buttons, metal or wooden ends, condition etc. And its also worth checking carefully that there isn't a 1 before the number you gave, as this has been often been found to be hiding just behind the fretwork, which means you need to take off one of the ends and find the number inside to be sure. Simple enough - just carefully unscrew the six end bolts, on
  11. Looks pretty much the same as my own Lachenal anglo, with the metal ends going into a rebate. But if we look at your last photo on ebay with zoom-in you can see the lever action - a pressed pivot with a pressed arm passing through its slot and held in place by the spring. That's pretty much standard for a Lachenal action.
  12. Just a little postscript - I've recently discovered that James A Travers of Bridgewater (or Bridgwater for Wolf) Somerset, the concertina dealer mentioned, died in Oct-Dec 1952 in the Taunton District aged 62. That has taken me close on 20 years to discover. I knew it was sometime around then as the ICA had just formed when he died. Info via Free BMD I don't know why, but discovery of a person's first name seems to make them more real to me. Here he is circa 1950 :-
  13. Thanks for that Colin, here's wishing you best of luck for the future for both the website and sound archive! Feel free to grab any vintage mp3 recordings from my website (similar software used to Izotope RX) or message me if you want anything there in archival wav format.
  14. I've sent you a PM with my home email so we can try to sort things out. I ran the website for around 5 years before Michel took over, so these missing files could have been what I added, and Michel removed to free up space. During that time I got the ICA committee to agree to making Newsletters over about 20-25 years old publicly available, along with a copy of a recent Newsletter, as part of the encouragement to join the ICA. But the current situation with Newsletters available "online in PDF readable format, but not downloadable or printable" is not useful for serious research un
  15. I made PDF copies of many ICA magazines in the Horniman Museum Library, donations from other members and my own collection up to issue 400 of Sept 1995 (~200 issues) back around 2004, and lodged them in the ICA Archive. There are still some at the Horniman that I didn't find time to do, their collection ranging from issue 136 (with gaps) upwards . Research at that time suggested that Frank Butler (an early ICA secretary) had most of the earlier issues, and had donated them to one of the National institutions in Scotland (National Library or National Archive). Health problems preve
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