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  1. I have made contact with Richard and his Morris dancers. Thanks so much to both of you! Mats
  2. Hi, all! Does anybody know anything about possible concertina meet-ups, happening i June, in Stockholm Sweden? We would so much love to hear somebody who knows how to, play our George Case concertina (found here: ). What I'm thinking of is perhaps some Pub evening, or some other type of get-together. BR, Mats
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    George Case Serial #695?

    Hello again, all! We had the pleasure of having Jim Lucas as a guest a few weeks ago, and after playing our George Case concertina he seemed to agree that it is a good sounding instrument, well worth renovating. So, we are now looking for someone or someplace where we can get help fixing it up. Ideally, it would be here in Sweden, but I'm guessing we'll have to get it done in the UK, since it seems that's where the European expertise is. What we would like to have done is replacing the two broken off end bolts and giving it a general overhaul. Any suggestions? BR, Mats
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    George Case Serial #695?

    ... Tuning always has, and always will be, a nightmare! Yes, I agree. Even as a guitarist you'll need to tune differently depending on which type of chords you're playing. I'd never dream (other than nightmares...) of undertaking anything as large as tuning a piano, or even a concertina!
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    George Case Serial #695?

    Stephen: Well, our instrument is tuned closer to A=436 than to A=435. Maybe in these days, half a Hertz up or down wasn't that important? Jim: Yes, I got your PM and answered to the mail adress you provided. I just checked the mail I sent, and it's adressed correctly. On the other hand, I notice that there's a "dk" to the left of the "at" sign. Perhaps you made a mistake when writing the adress? Anyway, we're counting on meeting you Thursday or Friday! : )
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    George Case Serial #695?

    Good to hear, Patrick, thanks!
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    George Case Serial #695?

    I checked a few more notes, and it seems the overall tuning is so-so. I haven't got around to playing anything, apart from trying to find the C major scale (and in my scale practices I found the tuning to be satisfactory), but I reckon anyone with a good ear, trying to play a musical composition, would like it to be better tuned. So tuning to a standard A=440 is on the to-do list, but first we'd have to fix the two broken bolts, i guess. Here are the measured pitches: A4 = pull 436.1, push 435.6 A5 = pull 874.2, push 873.0 C5 = pull 519.0, push 518.7 C6 = pull 1033.4, push 1034.6
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    George Case Serial #695?

    Allright, so I finally got around to testing the tuning pitch of the concertina. It's actually tuned to the absolute non-standard of A=436 (Or rather 436.1 pull and 435.6 push). The needle of the tuning app fluctuates somewhat, so it's hard to set a definite pitch.
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    George Case Serial #695?

    Patrick: Thanks for the tip, I'll try it out. Right now, I don't have access to the concertina, though. It'll have to wait 'til next week.
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    George Case Serial #695?

    Thinking back, I've seen many SA concertinas performing in the streets here i Sweden - But together with guitars, rather than with brass. The guitars, of course, would use a concertina as reference pitch for tuning, so no pitch problems would arise, whatever the concertina pitch was. I just assumed the low tuning had some logical explanation, hence my guess on low brass tuning. As I mentioned, I'll get back with the exact pitch later, when I've had it measured.
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    George Case Serial #695?

    Paul: Thanks for the confirmation of it being a George Case. Yes, the bellows paper seems identical to your concertina #2760 and the green coloured leather too.The design of the inlays are, if not identical, quite similar. Would you have any idea on how to extrapolate a manufacturing year for serial number 695? Patrick/Jim/Geoffrey: I checked in on the concertina yesterday and tried the material of the reeds with a magnet, as Patrick suggested, and it's magnetic, so definitely steel. I also tested its pitch against a tuning fork (A=440), and my guess would be that it's tuned to around A=430, which would make perfect sense with Jim's reasoning that that was a brass tuning standard: The legend has it that the 2:nd Corps in Stockholm, my grandfathers Corps, had the best brass ensemble in Sweden (or was it Northern Europe...), and my grandfather would have liked to be able to play with them. On the other hand, as Patrick pointed out, and is also confimed by Geoffrey, and in linked article: Any official SA standard pitch would have been A=452. Could it be that the Swedes used their own tuning standard, similar to the one used by brass bands in the US? It seems standard pitch is a real mess, as this article in wikipedia shows. I'll have to get my hands on a Tuning Machine to find out the exact pitch of the instrument.
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    George Case Serial #695?

    Patrick: I meant it was in tune with itself. The overall pitch i a bit lower than A=440. Do you mean that there was an "Official" SA pitch definable in Hertz? In that case, if this instrument adheres to it, that would make it probable it was fitted with new steel reeds when my grandfather bought it. And you're quite right about the inlaid sides: Of course they would have been mentioned. That's an astute observation! Mike: Aha, I was wondering about the Baden-Powell part of the name! Bet you he was the Hairdresser... ; )
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    George Case Serial #695?

    Theo: Thanks for the J.J. Vickers info! I did a web search to possibly find out when the "& Sons" was added to the name and came up with this interesting document. It's a pdf file showing the Certificate of Incorporation for J.J. Vickers & Sons, dated 1:st of August 1925. Apparently the company was active until 2014 (but by then only as a "Wholesaler"). Worth to note is also that J.J. Vickers & Sons wasn't incorporated for dealing in concertinas only, but also as Hairdressers(!). Patrick: Yes, definitely a good investment. The price list of J.J. Vickers (pre the "& Sons" incorporation, which means it must be before 1925) puts it at 2p15s, plus 9d per key - and they're still in tune, despite the fact that my grandfather, who was a Salvation Army officer, would have put them to heavy use all through the beginning of the century. It's a fascinating thought that #15 in the list of second hand treble english concertinas, might actually be the instrument my grandfather bought!
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    George Case Serial #695?

    Myrtle's cook:Thanks for the valuable info! Judging by your image example of nickel/silver nickel reeds, I think our instrumet is more likely to be steel reeded, since the look is shinier than the s/n s ones. Patrick: A magnet test on the reeds is a great idea! I'll try it when next it's time to unscrew the instrument. BR, Mats
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    George Case Serial #695?

    Patrick: Steel reeds - Yeah, maybe thats part of why it sounds so good. According to Chris Flint's "Case Notes", a serial number of 695 would place the manufacture date to somewhere between 1849 and 1854, so perhaps the original reeds have been replaced? Or could a concertina in the 1850:ies have been made with steel reeds? Jim: I live in Stockholm, so I'd be delighted if we could meet when you're in town sometime! Please let me know when you're coming by the next time. Coming from the "serial world" of piano and guitar, I was quite perplexed when I realized I'd have to alternate between left and right hand to play a scale on the 'tina... Will take a long time to adjust, I think. And though it's real easy to get spellbound by the tone of this instrument, and I wouldn't mind sit practising, we are many heirs to it, so we'll have to see who gets to keep it, if any of us. There are some interesting ideas floating around, on how we can put it to use, anyway. Considering that it's been stuck in its box since at least 1967, when Grandfather died, it's definitely time for it to be played on, that's for sure! BR, Mats
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