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  1. MelBoy

    Jeffries English Concertina For Sale

    Hi Mike, thanks for your posts ...and apologies for not responding but I've been ferociously busy. I'll try to ring you tomorrow..... cheers Mike R
  2. MelBoy

    Jeffries Duet fully restored, For Sale

    HI Pikey, yes, it has indeed sold! It is currently en route to its new owner, who thankfully wants it as a playable duet - not for its parts. We're looking forward to seeing you both this summer! Mike
  3. Hi Cnetters, For Sale; a beautiful 58 key Jeffries Brothers duet concertina + original leather case; layout in the key of C. Price £1800 + postage. This was overhauled - including a beautiful new set of 7-fold bellows - by Steve Dickinson 20+ years ago; it’s in excellent cosmetic and playing condition. The instrument came to me in part exchange. I do not play duet, but this is far too good an instrument to be raided for its reeds and other parts. The pads, valves, bushing and chamber-linings have all been replaced and the instrument responds beautifully; the bellows are easy to play and supple. I’m told there is a growing number of players of the duet system … well, here’s a golden opportunity. We are located in Cornwall; prospective buyers are welcome to view before bidding. But we’re a long way from everywhere! I’d love this to go through C.net - the usual donation will be made. Cheers Mike Rowbotham
  4. MelBoy

    Jeffries English Concertina For Sale

    Hi Takayuki, Roger and Wayman, does anyone have photos of the fretted ends of one of the wood-ended Jeffries English? I've seen a few of the wooden-ended anglos and the fretwork is very simple (though they can sound great). cheers Mike R
  5. Hi to all; Offers are invited for a rare – possibly unique – Jeffries English concertina; Raised fretted ends, Praed Street address, riveted action, with 5-fold gold embossed bellows. This is a 48 button Tenor instrument … ie it has additional low notes going town to low C, but without some of the highest notes found on a standard treble. From my research, Jeffries English concertinas are rarities with perhaps half a dozen known to exist; the majority of these are wooden-ended. The Horniman Museum does have one metal-ended English Jeffries concertina; an instrument with typical Jeffries flat-ends. The instrument in this listing has raised metal-ends, ebony trim and embossed bellows as found on the best quality Jeffries anglos and duets. It carries the Praed Street address on the escutcheon. The condition of the instrument is remarkable. When I received it, it played immediately ‘out of the box’ … it required only light cleaning, new thumb straps, pads and valves. The tuning was excellent and I have not needed to touch the reeds other than to free a couple of tongues that were sticking. There are two small pieces of ebony trim missing … shown in the photos below. The photos also show the instrument in its original condition (see broken thumb-straps), with original valves and also with new valves and pads. The reeds are in outstanding condition – with very clean tongues and frames and carrying only light and professional tuning marks. The reed-pans fit snugly into the ends, the chamber gaskets are very clean, signifying little air-loss. The fretted ends are almost untarnished. The riveted action is unworn and the metal buttons bushed and felted. The 5-fold bellows are lightly scuffed but seem to be strong and are completely airtight. The papers appear to be black, but with a layer of stain that rubs off easily to reveal what appear to be plain tan papers underneath; the black stain has been left in place. What does it sound like? It sounds exactly like a Jeffries! I am a lifelong anglo player and over the years I have owned many Jeffries, Wheatstone and Lachenal anglos. I have also had many good quality English concertinas pass through my hands. Many fine English concertinas sound (to my ear) either too polite or rather shrill. This is the first English concertina I have ever heard that has the rich tone so characteristic of the Jeffries sound. It doesn’t have the sharp edgy ‘brashness’ of some of the earliest Jeffries; more the clarion ‘snarl’ typical of the fine mid-period and Praed Street Jeffries. I am not an English concertina player, but those who have played the instrument have all agreed that it has an exceptional tone. They also said it is heavy for an English concertina … the actual weight is 1.6 Kg … slightly more than my 36 button Dipper Pride of Albion which weighs 1.51 Kg. It measures fractionally under 6.5 inches across the flats. As I am not an English concertina player I have had to ask others to play the instrument for me to record. There is a soundfile on my soundcloud site – this normally used to illustrate my work on melodeons. In truth, it’s not the best recording in the world, but the player was used to the standard Treble layout and was confused by the additional low notes of the Tenor. The direct link is … https://soundcloud.com/microbot-2 Colin and Rosalie Dipper have seen the instrument as have Nigel and Sarah Sture. Finding this instrument and realising what a rarity it is was exciting enough, but to hear the instrument deliver such a fine tone was just a joy. I am a musician and I love the music we play… a rarity is always interesting … but in the end it is the qualities as a musical instrument that matter. Needless to say I would like this instrument to go to a good player. In terms of value, I would place this concertina alongside the best Jeffries and Dipper anglos. We are all aware that English concertinas usually command a lower price than anglos, but its rarity and quality would, I argue, certainly make up for this. I would prefer not to take part in an open discussion on price/value on C.net. I suggest people pm me directly if they wish to make an offer ... I will treat all these exchanges with confidence and treat everyone with respect. In the past, I have been in negotiation for a concertina only to be suddenly informed it had been sold. I know the feelings involved and will make sure I communicate fully with people who have taken the trouble to correspond with me. I am also looking forward to the information and queries that are raised by this thread. Not least; are there any other Jeffries English concertinas of this type and, if not, why this one? For whom might this instrument have been made? I will attempt to answer any detailed questions on the instrument itself as fully as I can and will happily supply more photos/facts/data. If anyone is visiting Cornwall or prepared to make the trek down to the far West, they are welcome to come and play the Jeffries. Cheers to all on Concertina.net. Mike Rowbotham
  6. MelBoy

    Two Lachenal Anglos For Sale

    Hi everyone, I've been asked whether the instruments are standard size - ie 6 1/4 inches across, which both of them are. I've also been asked for further pictures including reeds and reedpans which I'll do at the earliest opportunity... hopefully later today. cheers Mike R
  7. MelBoy

    Two Lachenal Anglos For Sale

    Hi C.netters, I’ve two very nice Lachenal Anglos for sale. The first is a fully restored 32 button metal ended Salvation Army instrument; number 144,230. The second is an unrestored 30-button Rosewood ended; number 140,673 – both are in C/G and both are excellent players. The metal-ended Salvation Army instrument came originally from Chris Algar – I bought it from the owner 2 years ago, since when it has been used very little. The pads, valves and springs were all replaced and it is responsive with a beautiful tone. The chrome end-plates are slightly pitted and the bellows have minor repairs, but they are completely airtight and serviceable. The bellows are gold embossed with black/gold bellows-papers with the letter ‘L’ on each – presumably signifying Lachenal. This instrument has a really lovely tone – it is not as loud as the Rosewood instrument but has a more ‘composed’ sound - it plays Morris, Playford and French tunes beautifully. The Rosewood instrument is one of the fastest and loudest Lachenals I’ve ever played. It is largely unrestored … I fitted new pads from Nigel Sture to allow the instrument to be played, so prospective buyers can assess it. But it will need new springs and valves and tuning - it is currently in original High Pitch so will need to be brought to Concert Pitch. The reeds are in excellent condition; the reedpans fit very snugly and the chamber-leathers are nice and clean. This instrument is definitely a candidate for an ‘action upgrade’ … I play mostly Irish music on the anglo and in my experience it is unusual to find a Lachenal that will knock out reels like this one - even though it’s unrestored. The volume is absolutely prodigious. The bellows, whilst they are reasonably airtight, are stained and over the years have been poorly repaired in a number of places inside. It will probably need new bellows in the future. This is reflected in the asking price below. Metal Ended 32 button - £1800 + postage – MP3 at https://soundcloud.com/microbot-2/lachenal-anglo-32-button-cg-concertina Rosewood 30 button - £1300 + postage -- Mp3 at https://soundcloud.com/microbot-2/rosewood-lachenal-30-button-anglo-concertina-in-cg I don’t know what the limit is for photos on C.net so I’ll put up just a couple of photos of each instrument ... I can post/send more if required. If you are interested, please contact me by pm. The customary donation to Cnet will be made if a sale results. Mike Rowbotham (UK based)
  8. MelBoy

    Joseph Scates Anglo

    Hi Lachenal/R, I've attached another photo of the left end - this time the photo is taken full-on. You can see the 'radial' layout of the 5+6 buttons quite clearly. The accidental button is the far right on top (6) row. I should also say that the concertina has now been sold to a member of the forum, capable of undertaking the restoration and with a special interest in Scates. I am delighted with this. A donation will be made to the forum, of course. thanks to all Mike R
  9. MelBoy

    Joseph Scates Anglo

    Hi Ken, OK sorry ... here's the link... http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/272888599077?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649 cheers Mike R
  10. MelBoy

    Joseph Scates Anglo

    Hi everyone! I'm starting a new thread regarding a concertina I am currently selling on Ebay .... I'm putting the information in this 'History' section as this is not an attempt by me to promote its sale. It's not a high-value instrument and I am genuinely interested in the history of the instrument and its maker. Whilst I still have it, people can ask questions on points I may not have covered and I can check the instrument. Really, I should have done this before putting it up for sale, but I expected the Ebay listing to attract attention and there to be some C.net discussion. Nothing's happened on Cnet, though loads of people have viewed it. Maybe the instrument is not as interesting or unusual as I thought - anyway, here's the info ... I'll try and upload some photos too. cheers Mike Rowbotham "Joseph Scates Anglo Concertina 22 button in A/E, for restoration A most unusual 22 button anglo concertina with beautiful rosewood ends and gold embossed bellows. This concertina requires full restoration to be made playable. The instrument has historical interest. It is labelled on the outside as being made by Joseph Scates and similarly on a label inside, along with the address 27 College Green, Dublin where Scates is known to have lived and worked during the 1850s. The reedplates and frame/ends of the concertina are stamped internally with the serial number 1641. The inner label also carries this number in hand-script. Joseph Scates is best known for making English concertinas – so far as I can discover, the anglo concertinas that carry his name are often attributed to George Jones. This anglo concertina has many unusual features, which may justify regarding it as genuinely being by Scates, although I am no authority on these matters. Inside, the concertina has the ‘pillar’ action and square ended reed-frames that are found in many of the English concertinas attributed to Scates. The pitch/tuning of A/E, plus the curious positioning of the notes and buttons is certainly unusual. The only early George Jones 22 button Anglo I can find (the ‘Concertina Museum Collection’) has a normal 5+5 layout to the buttons on each end, with the accidental as a clear ‘extra’ button. By contrast, this Scates anglo has the buttons spread evenly in a 5+6 radial layout; thus the standard ‘rake’ of buttons between the 2 rows is not present. The pitch is A/E with a single ‘accidental’ button on each side, playing F/G (6th button on the left) and Bb/C (1st button on the right). The bellows are in good condition with no apparent leaks, the reeds are all present (mostly brass; a few steel tongues) and the action is complete and intact; HOWEVER many of the pads and springs leak or are broken. The springs, pads and valves would all need to be replaced – also the hand-straps - to make the instrument playable. Apart from the need for a full overhaul, the concertina is in pretty good condition; there are a few small pieces of the fretwork missing and the right hand fretwork has been repaired at some time. Also, one end-bolt has partially broken, though it still operates."