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Peter Smith

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  1. Looks a good project. I have not worked on one of your type of concertina - generally with Scholer anglos which have the reeds in beds of five reeds. Jake's layout & comments should help you sort out which reed goes where. Peter
  2. Could you add some pictures? I have some spare parts that might be useful. Peter
  3. I agree. It does seem logical & sometime the buttons seem to fall in the right places. I am really interested to see whether any other Chidleys survive & are played. The only other one I found on Concertina.net was a Lachenal Chidley - which was believed to be original - not a converted MacCann. Its serial number was in the 60,000's. (Link below to part of the discussion in 2011).
  4. Your concertina looks really good. Maybe worth putting it on Concertina.net Buy & Sell. As Stephen Chambers says, its a Rock Chidley English Baritone rather than K V Chidley Duet. I have amended the title of this discussion to avoid further confusion. Peter
  5. Thanks for posting this. Could you post some pictures and tell me a bit about its range and history? Thanks Peter
  6. The aluminium reed shoes also help with the weight. Its is still quite sizeable, weighing in at 3.275kg and measuring 27.5cm across the flats. The Wheatstone Chidley concertina is number 36349, built in December 1956, when I was 3!! I would still be interested to know whether any other Chidley duets still exist & are played. I wonder if some have been converted to MacCanns.
  7. Thanks, Alex, for correcting the link for Chidley layout. I think it’s quite impressive. It doesn’t have the build quality of the earlier Wheastones, having a hook and lever action, rather than riveted. A couple of additional pictures below showing some of the internals. I think the concertina is dated in the 1950’s.
  8. I have a 80-button Wheatstone Chidley duet concertina. I believe only 50-60 of these were ever made. The button layout is the same as a MacCann but the layout of notes is the same for every octave. My Chidley has a 5 octave range from C2. (See http://www.concertina.com /chidley-duet ) I just wondered if there is anyone else on Concertina.net who plays this system. Peter
  9. Thanks. Could be. One is a G and the other an F.
  10. Just added an Excel file with the layout of the buttons. Its is just like a piano with a range of over 2.5 octaves. The apparent air buttons are duplicate notes. As its a duet, a button plays the same note either pushing or pulling the bellows. I should have added this information before.
  11. I am thinning out my collection a bit (in common with some others on Concertina.net!) and am selling my Jones Piano Duet Concertina (No 27140). It’s a quite rare and interesting concertina, measuring a slightly larger 17cm across the flats. This example is in excellent original condition and seems to have been played very little. I have done a little work on it by stabilising a few cracks in the ends and replacing the hand straps. Other than that, it is original, untouched and very clean. The steel reeds are clean and in tune with each other (though not at concert pitch). The bellows are original and airtight. It has its original case, which was very untidy on the outside, so I have refurbished the outside and added a handle. The concertina plays well and I have attached some pictures. If you want to know more about my Jones Piano Duet Concertina or see some more pictures of the insides, please contact me. I can send further pictures to you by e-mail. I am looking for £500 but am open to near offers. A contribution will be made to concertina.net, if it sells here. 35 key Jones Piano Concertina layout.xlsx
  12. Congratulations. Hope you enjoy learning it. If you haven't got a tutor book, the Salvation Army tutor (https://concertina.info/tina.faq/images/Salvation_Army_Tutor_For_Triumph_Concertina_2nd_ed.pdf) or Bulstrode tutor (http://www.concertina.com/crane-duet/index.htm#wilston-bulstrode-crane-tutor) may be of help. Lots of exercises in the Salvation Army tutor!
  13. Chris Algar says he has only a small proportion of his concertina stock on the website. I have visited his place near Stoke on Trent and it’s true! Worth a phone call to him. As you say, also worth asking on concertina.net. Peter
  14. I would suggest contacting Chris Algar at Barleycorn (01270 879958) - unless you have done so already! He has sold a few Cranes recently from his website but may have others in stock.
  15. When I tried Andrew Norman's bass anglo I thought it was pretty resposive given the size of the reeds. If you are within striking distance of Shrewsbury it might be worth a visit.
  16. I would recommend Andrew Norman (http://www.acnorman.co.uk/). He has recently developed a bass Anglo and I am sure would look at any ideas you have. He looked at making a Wheatstone Double Duett for me and came up with a plan (though I didn't follow it through, as I had other projects on the go). Andrew has repaired a few concertinas for me and has always done a very good job, so I would recommend him. Peter
  17. I am selling a 20 button Lachenal Anglo (re-badged Thomas Guest). It has steel reeds but the concertina needs refurbishing and tuning to concert pitch. I thought I would put it on Concertin.net first, in case someone is looking for this less common tuning. If anyone is interested, please message me with your e-mail address and I will send you some pictures and a more detailed description. I am looking for £175-£200.
  18. I would agree withe Steve Schulteis. Though my experience is not with concertinas I still think it is valid. I bought a car 4 years ago which had been owned by a smoker. The garage cleaned the car thoughly but even now, I occasionally get the smell of tobacco smoke when I get in the car. So I think the smell may reduce with use, but never fully go away.
  19. On my Android phone, I have pull the 'bit on the right' further across to the left to be able to see the message box at the top. Hope this non-technical description makes sense!!
  20. Many thanks for your comments. I have had a listen to the tuning again & agree with your comments, Paul & Nigel. I think you are right & I am wrong!! The reeds sound as it they are tuned just a few cents apart. I just made an assumption without checking it properly - so its not too 'honky-tonk'!! The restoration I undertook has been minimal - just to get it playing - hence the buttons. I made springs to match the existing & replaced the chamois leather seal one end. I am pretty sure all reeds are there & are untouched by me. I was just curious to try it out, especially as you can quieten the bass by playing single reeds. Thanks again. Peter
  21. I have put this concertina up for sale on Ebay. I hope I got the description right and am happy to answer any questions. Peter
  22. Thanks for posting some pictures. The internal condition looks pretty good, as you say. The reeds & bellows look very clean. Enjoy the restoration!
  23. Thanks for your post. I’m glad I was wrong and sorry for raising unnecessary concerns.
  24. Thanks for the correction, Daniel. I picked Andrew Norman's English Baritone video in error!
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