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    Concertina, melodeon & accordion enthusiast and repairer. Retired from repairing recently after 30 odd years, but still do the odd fix for friends.
    I play anglo and English, but not at the same time!
    My style on both is akin to a frustrated duet player. (Also have a Crane aeola).
    Happy to assist with concertina problems and give, hopefully, helpful advice.
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    Woolgoolga, NSW Australia

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  1. Ciaran, I hope that the business name Barleycorn doesn't trigger alarm bells as being in any way connected to the liquor trade, and consequently special attention (or incorrect taxation rates) given to your shipments. You need to be careful about just what information goes on Customs documents. and can be misconstrued, especially so if another language is involved.
  2. Not really just memory, Howard. Like I said, I have the recording. While you were credited for Battle of the Somme, I just guessed that the uncredited ear-player's medley was yours.... 😀
  3. I remember it well, Howard. (iirc, Michael Turner's Waltz/Old Molly Oxford/Glorishears). Almost, but not quite the same criticism was made of my own "Ear Player's" entry; I dutifully supplied them with a copy of the dots, but was criticised for not looking (even once) at my copy which was sitting on the music stand while I played. Mind you, it was upside down.... I have a copy of a recording that was made of "highlights" of that years competition, which I dug out and played earlier today. Greatly enjoyed your rendition of The Battle of the Somme. Your description of the playing and
  4. Memorial to Frederick William Hobart, died 1927, and his widow Frances Sophia Hobart (nee Watts) d. 1941 This photo is on the ICA Facebook site, which I have attached here without permission; happy to remove if requested. I know little about them, nor which of them may have played concertina. IIRC from previous (pre-www)research attempts, they lived in London, and the grave is also somewhere in London. Hopefully some one can expand on this.
  5. OP does say it's a 48 button, and afaik there aren't too many Lachenal 48 button anglos around, so I would suggest the first number has probably been misread, or a typo. A very interesting and informative thread.
  6. Nice clip, Arkwright. Fairly definitive article from Concertina Journal here.
  7. I have a C Jeffries Bb/F 38, a dead ringer for yours, Les, though restored by a different fettler before I bought it. I do find the narrow buttons a little uncomfortable, but the sound and speed is worth a bit of pain :-) I've been tempted to sell it for a while as I'm not playing out much any more, but every time I pick it up for 10 minutes, a couple of hours fly by, probably causing the sore finger tips. I have played a few 46 key Jeffries over the years, and, from memory, the buttons are even narrower. Ouch! No thanks! Great video and I'm sure it will be useful to prospective own
  8. Having had a quick look through the Wheatstone ledgers of the relevant period, I note that 76 keys was a pretty unusual number. Assuming that the number in the newspaper article was correct, and allowing for the fact that my troll through the ledgers was only very brief, two consecutive entries stood out for me, being #28687 and #28688 from January 1921, noted as NP Octo Bass. So a five and a half octave range going very low indeed. (My thumbs ache at the very thought of it!)
  9. According to a press item I've read, their main instruments were 76 key, which might make identification from the ledgers a little easier if they were a matching pair. They toured extensively, playing theatres throughout Australia, New Zealand and South Africa from around 1918 till 1929, so early in that period, or a little earlier, might be my best guess at build date. John and Colin Campbell, originally from Scotland, New Zealand, of Scottish heritage, also played a pair of miniatures, ocarinas, and also did a song and dance routine, and were a popular act. Their musical partners
  10. Are you sure it's an English system, Jim? Seems a bit high; afaik, their numbering for English stopped in the mid 6**** region, c1932. So either it is an anglo rather than an English, or you have misread the first digit (easily done as clarity wasn't always their strong point ? ) While you have it apart, maybe check for a different number inside....
  11. Are the top and bottom sides slightly elongated, or is that just the angle of the photo? My Jeffries Brothers ex-Ab/Eb has that feature, presumably to allow a little more space for the length of the lowest left hand reeds. AG is, I suspect, Anglo German, so perhaps the straight lines of buttons were an attempt to copy the configuration of many German-made concertinas, presumably as requested to order by a customer. Solid Bel??? No idea....
  12. Sorry, didn't see Richard listed, but he's retired as well. And Chris has stated that he doesn't see himself as a repairer, but a maker who (rarely) has to repair one of his own creations. Maybe this list is due for an update???
  13. Actually Rod, there's only one repairer listed there as far as I can see, and he's retired. Forgotten his name ? Have faith in Australia Post, Peter. They have never let me down in 40 odd years of shunting concertinas and melodeons around the country and abroad. A stout cardboard box around twice the size of the instrument and well padded out with bubble wrap and/or scrumpled up newspaper will see it safe and sound to its destination I'm sure. If you are sending a case, make sure that there is no movement for the concertina within the case. (Better still, don't send the case unless
  14. Larry, I'm in Coffs Harbour, NSW. During "normal" times, I would suggest a trip to Peter's workshop, seeing that you are both in Melbourne. Best to take the entire instrument to him. Probably a "while you wait" fix, though Victoria's Covid-19 restrictions may apply... Is your concertina accordion reeded? If so, it may be simpler to just replace the C#/D reed plate with a C#/C#. Readily and cheaply available, and might save you a bit of work. (Please note that I have amended my original reply, replacing the incorrect web link with a mobile phone number.)
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