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Edward Jennings

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    Christianity, folk and sacred singing and music, melodeons, concertina, Egypt, anthropology.
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    Windy Nook UK or Luxor Egypt

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  1. Would offers around the £350 mark be reasonable? I bought this a little while ago, hoping to recapture the pleasure which I used to get from my 48 key Lachenal years ago. In the event, I couldn't play the damn thing! (The push/pull of the melodeon has now definitely become my norm.) I sold it via eBay for £380 (https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Lovely-Gremlin-56-key-English-Concertina-in-excellent-condition/123985933597?hash=item1cde23351d%3Ag%3AHocAAOSwoJhd2R7X&LH_ItemCondition=1500|3000|7000) but the buyer, from Chile, hasn't coughed up. Here's the full text from the eBay ad: This is a lovely instrument, as can be seen from the photos. It's in almost new condition, even though I reckon it to be about 20 (+?) years old. It has 56 keys starting at F3 and going all the way up to F7, so a good chromatic range to suit any type of music, and any skill level! Theo Gibb has had a look over it and described it as a "Baritone/Treble". Manufactured in Italy, with Italian TAM reeds mounted on gaskets with screws. The reeds are flat mounted to the reed pan with an ingenious, hinged, "double-decker" arrangement to save on space and size. (See pics.) They have no sign of corrosion or other damage and seem to be in good tune; just a touch sharp of concert pitch, to brighten the tone. The concertina is eight sided with six fold bellows. Similar style instruments from other manufacturers are hugely expensive; in the thousands rather than the hundreds of pounds. This one is a real (and rare) bargain for anyone wanting a concertina which does everything, it's inexpensive enough for a beginner, but versatile enough for improvers or even highly skilled players. It comes in a black padded "Superior" gig bag. I would have liked to keep this one in my collection, but we're moving house and I need to claw back some of my investment in instruments. (There may be others coming up, so keep an eye out!) PayPal is my preferred payment method, but cash-on-collection from Gateshead would also suit. Whilst the stated price is intended to be the starting price for the auction, if an unexpected expense comes in in the meantime, I may well be willing to accept a lower, but still sensible, offer. Free UK only postage. UK bidders only please. Thanks for looking and good luck! Is it of any use to a member on here? Photo's are available to view on the sold eBay ad using the link above.
  2. Reading the article by Stephen Chambers (mentioned in an earlier post) it would seem that the Reed Trade Mark (etc.) didn't appear until after the date which Wallis' address on the label would suggest for the manufacture or sale of the instrument. Lachenal Trade Mark introduced in 1879, whereas the label address (according to Wes Williams) is prior to 1876, or even possibly 1870.
  3. I previously mentioned that I'd post any numbers I found on this instrument. So far, all I've found is the same number stamped into the bellows frames on both ends. It is...... 36744. Can anything be gleaned from this, please?
  4. Hello again! I've started on this instrument, at last. Very very dirty inside, a few pin holes in the bellows corners and one or two small splits in the troughs. It has 1 minor crack in one end, with about 3/8 of an inch of a piece of fretwork missing. I've considered stripping and re-doing the varnish on the wooden ends, but after polishing up one end with a touch of T-Cut, I think it will be best to retain the original finish. I'm going to do all the cosmetic and mechanical work first, working up to maybe tackling the tuning. (Or sending it to a local friendly expert, if I can raise some dosh!) So, I'll be probably haunting this forum for a while with inane questions to assist my first concertina revival, if you lot don't get sick of me! Firstly; the instrument would seem to have buttons made of bone, mostly black! I thought to try some toothpaste and a tooth brush, any good, do you think? Thanks for any advice/help offered.
  5. " Imagine a world based on silicon rather than Carbon." I'm a bit late coming here, just to make a (possibly) facetious comment. I'm sure that "Bones" McCoy (Star Trek) made the same, or a very similar, remark to Captain Kirk in an episode of the original Star Trek. Just mentioning!
  6. Mind, there's some clever b*****s on here. That's great to know Wes, thank you very much indeed! The collective wealth of knowledge gathered on here and on melodeon.net is truly amazing. Thanks to all of our academically inclined friends.
  7. Yes, I've thought all along that it was actually manufactured by our friends at Lachenal. But the (dare I say, necessarily) muddled picture given in the bits and pieces which I've found on or via here, from renowned experts, have made me doubt my own judgement. I'll report any internal numbers on here as soon as I find them, if there are any to find, that is. Thanks to everyone who's replied, I really appreciate it.
  8. I have to agree with you there, Mike. "If it isn't fun, it's not worth a light!" That's my motto now that I'm well past retirement age.
  9. Thanks for that, Wolf. However, it doesn't mean much to me as I don't know music at all. Mind you, I do know that there are often notes in tunes, which I'd like to play on my 1 row melodeons, which just aren't there. I take it that these might be the missing notes (accidentals?) in some cases. Thanks again, I'm looking forward to more learning!
  10. What a can of worms, eh? This is all fascinating stuff, and many thanks are due to the likes of Stephen Chambers, Neil Wayne and the rest of those who've put untold hours into researching these queer little instruments on our behalf. I can hardly wait until November 22nd, when I'll be able to try this thing out and look for any numbers inside. (Along with the Saratovskaya which I've also bought and not yet seen!)
  11. Well, here's a better pic of the label. I would have thought that it was just a retailer's, but with the word "PATENT" included, who knows? I would have thought that only the patentee would be allowed to have that on their label?
  12. Thanks for that Myrtle's cook. I once had a 20 key thing with a label from (if I remember correctly) Jones of New Bridge Street, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. But I was told that they were just a retailer and that the instrument was a Lachenal. That was 30 or so years ago. Thanks, too, SeanD. I see that your 24 has entirely different fretwork, just to muddy the waters even further! lol.
  13. Thanks, chaps. Mind, it does look exactly the same as the one sold in Yorkshire! Here's a bit better look at the label. Although blurred with enlarging, and unclear at the best of times; I cannot recognise the wavey bit that's usually evident on the Lachenal label.
  14. I bought this unknown concertina because I thought it was a 20 key Lachenal. However, after winning the auction, I realised that I hadn't taken in the pictures properly, and it was a 24 key instrument. Can anyone confirm or deny that it is a Lachenal? All I've seen so far are a few pictures, as I'm 3000 miles away from it until the back end of November. Typically, the label is hardly to be seen, but perhaps someone can tell? There is no "Steel Reeds" stamped into the hand rests, and the fretwork cross doesn't look to be as well shaped as that on 20 key examples which I've seen, but it does have metal mechanics inside. Also, are the extra buttons likely to be accidentals|? Thanks for any info, it would really be appreciated.
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