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  1. Sorry, in my earlier post I referred to a bolt on the top left when I should have said nut (though it's more of a threaded retaining plate).  Please don't mention that I don't know my nuts from my bolts, as
    I used to work at The Institution of Mechanical Engineers!


    Les Branchett

  2. Those interested in Geoffrey Crabb's picture may be interested in the cover picture to David Elliott's Concertina Repair Manual.  On the top left of his concertina is an oblong bolt (sometimes surface mounted, sometimes recessed) which is actually a bolt normally found buried at the other end of the long end bolts.  It therefore comes with its two fixing holes and in the middle a threaded screw hole, to which the readily removable card holder could be affixed.


    Les Branchett

  3. The EU postal system must be the next big challenge for A I. I live in England and recently purchased an item in the Republic of Ireland to be sent to one of their fellow confederates in the Netherlands.

    Postage 100 eu.  Postage to their arch-enemy UK: 15 eu.


    No longer hope of a global village.


    Les Branchett









  4. Hi, it is really just a matter of personal taste.  For full chordal work the duet is generally more suited, and can do full soprano, alto, tenor and bass voices as per piano/organ music.  May not be quite as speedy on very fast, single note passages though.


    Anglo has a very good pulse feeling for dances. and because tuned  in just two basic keys it can sound brighter, but the push/pull effect makes legato difficult.


    The English enables very fast single note passages in any key, and can play chords/harmony with practice.


    It has to be said that a good player in any system overcomes any shortcoming, and after you decide what type of music you will mostly play, you come back to "just a matter of personal taste". 


    Enjoy the concertina - whatever system.


    Les Branchett



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  5. Yes, band arrangements were, and still are, mostly written on the treble stave.  So think of your quartet as a small band, and then it all falls into place.  As you say, baritones will sound one octave and basses two octaves lower than written, not because they are transposing, but because they are lower sounding instruments to start with.  As per the strings on a piano.



  6. Hell SteveS.  I think you are making your project harder by referring to the 4 concertinas as "transposing instruments", which clearly they are not.

    Think of your simple piano score - four note chord on two hands.  They are just playing different notes on the same 'ladder'.  You would not refer to the bass note as being transposed, it's just playing lower down - on a different rung.  Similarly a bass concertina is not a transposing instrument, just on the same ladder but lower down; assuming that the four  concertinas are all tuned to the same reference point,e.g. A=440, as would be the four notes on the piano).

    When writing the bass clef notes into the treble clef, a C still remains a C, but has a different position on the stave.  When it's then played on a bass instrument, it's sounded as originally intended.


    Hope all goes well with your arrangement(s).

    Les Branchett

  7. I've been removing a reeds for over forty years, with no problems.  I choose top Dsharp (push).  Last note, outside row, right hand side - I found I could find it with certainty, even with my eyes closed.  

    Additionally, if you do encounter a bat out of Hell and need it fast, there are three alternatives. Firstly, Dsharp pull (only remove one reed, as wunks says).  Secondly, Eflat on the left hand side (coincidentally, fifth  note again, but in the inside row) push and pull.


    Heed what Alex says, and make sure you don't lose it.


    Les Branchett

  8. Susie:


    Herewith come  concertina restorers.  All listed in the internet.


    MARCUS MUSIC.  Newport, South Wales.  Maker and restorer.

    Easiest to get to if you want face to face contact.  Literally just off the M4.



    DAVID ROBERTSON.  Norwich, Norfolk.

    Another very good craftsman, but East Anglia travel not always the best.



    DAVE ELLIOTT.  Oughtibridge, Sheffield.

    Internationally known author, lecturer and renovator of concertinas.

    Mostly motorway.

    You can always post - but I always feel that insurance never covers sentimentally, where

    something has special meaning.







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