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Peter Smith

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    Collecting and playing Anglo and duet concertinas. Learning to repair and refurbish of concertinas & concertina cases
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    North Wales, UK

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  1. Peter Smith

    Case Wanted for Wheatstone 81 Button McCann Aeola

    Ask Mark at Concertina Spares about the outside covering. He supplied a strong paper-type material which I used to restore a few Lachenal cases. I used a good velvet fabric to line the inside.
  2. Peter Smith

    Double Duet

    Many thanks for your comments. The chord problems make a lot of sense and could explain why the Double Duet didn’t take off. Maybe Wheatstone was looking for the concertina to be played in a different way. Peter
  3. Peter Smith

    Double Duet

    Thanks. Looks impressive (& expensive!!). I have not come across the Stark layout before but as other posts say, it is essentially the double duet on its side. Playing a Crane at the moment, I think I would prefer the vertical layout. Regards Peter
  4. Peter Smith

    Double Duet

    I am also interested in the Wheatstone Double Duet layout and had a think about converting an English but as Alex says, it just would not work. So I am keeping an eye out to see if one turns up - however unlikely that is! Peter
  5. Peter Smith

    Ab/Eb 20 Button Anglo Concertina for sale

    Many thanks Peter
  6. Peter Smith

    Ab/Eb 20 Button Anglo Concertina for sale

    the Ab/Eb concertina has now been sold. Thanks for your interest.
  7. Peter Smith

    Ab/Eb 20 Button Anglo Concertina for sale

    Thanks. That's fine. I'll leave it with you to consider. Regards Peter
  8. Peter Smith

    Ab/Eb 20 Button Anglo Concertina for sale

    Yes, that should be possible. DPD & Hermes offer postage at around £30, if you would be happy to pay that price & with the courier. Would you like a detailed layout of the keys just to make sure its what you are looking for? Regards Peter
  9. Refurbished Ab / Eb 20 button Lachenal anglo concertina (number 111825). The fretted ends are solid and in good condition, thought there is some wear due to its age (see pictures). The concertina has steel reeds which are free of rust and at concert pitch (though may need a bit of fine tuning). The only quirk in the tuning is the lowest note on the left hand lower row is a G (G3) rather than Eb (Eb3). Also, one of the low Eb reeds is cracked but still plays OK. The concertina has its original 5-fold bellows which are sound and have no discernible leaks. All valves and pads, button bushes and button dampers have been replaced. Where needed, new springs have been inserted. The concertina also comes with new hand straps and a fully refurbished wooden case. The concertina plays well and has a nice feel to it. Please see the pictures, which form part of the description. Also listed on E-bay https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/333105159207 with a couple of sound clips and more pictures . I am looking for £350 or a near offer.
  10. Peter Smith

    Weird-looking English on eBay

    Not a problem. I guess the thin metal ends would cause that to happen to any concertina. There was a name in the concertina. I will try to recall it as that may give a clue to the origins of the metals ends. Peter
  11. Peter Smith

    Weird-looking English on eBay

    From what I remember, the buttons on ths Maccann fitted quite well but I would expect the metal to wear down the bone buttons. Peter
  12. Peter Smith

    Weird-looking English on eBay

    I also had a Maccann duet with similar ends. I started refurbishing it but sold it on eBay for to someone to finish it. The ends looked like replacement aluminium ends and didn't have a wooden backing around the button holes. Some pictures are attached (not the best but give some idea of what it was like.) Peter
  13. Peter Smith

    Best duet system for SATB hymn playing?

    I have a larger Crane and enjoy playing hymns on that. It works OK directly from the music but sometimes the base can overpower the tune. My Crane (67 button) goes down to the E flat 1.5 octaves below middle C, so can pick up all the lower base lines. Alternatively the low base notes can be raised an octave which also works satisfactorily. Hope you find a good instrument - whether Crane or Hayden. Regards Peter
  14. This was my first Crane concertina which I purchased a number of years ago. It came from Chris Algar and Dave Elliott did some work on it a few years ago. He pointed out the stamp on the reed bed which says Crabb & Son ???????? London. Dave Elliott thought it was likely made by Crabb though the button layout is Butterworth. The concertina has riveted arms which appear to be made from aluminium. (A couple have also been replaced with Wheatstone & Lachenal arms!). So the concertina has also been refurbished in the past, maybe significantly. It makes me wonder if Crabb carried out the refurbishment & stamped the reed bed to signify this. Maybe the ends have been re-made. Interestingly, the concertina is held together by wood screws & not bolts. There is also no serial number stamped anywhere on the concertina. Any thoughts or suggestions or if anyone has a concertina with a similar fretwork pattern, I would be very interested to know. Regards Peter
  15. Peter Smith

    still for sale

    Just sent a PM. Will phone later if I don't hear from you. Peter