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  1. I am about to sell two George Jones 30 (32) button concertinas in C/G although with metal ends.... one was completely rebuilt from "bits" by Andrew Norman (whole story is on his website) and the other was "fettled" by Andrew when I purchased it from an auction site (pads, valves tuning etc (has bird sound whistle). Would they be of any interest to you? Gerry S
  2. I had a George Jones "improved" 40 key concertina and found the extra buttons a bit of a distraction and sold it. I now have a Crabb 40 key and find I only play the "conventional" 30 key layout as I want to maintain consitencey with my other (two 30/32 key (George Jones)) concertinas.... other than the fact that the Crabb is such a quality instrument I'd just as soon stick to 30 keys for the style of music I play (Irish/Scottish) (BTW I'm thinking of selling my two George Jones in the near future.... 😀)
  3. Doesn't appear to have an air button, and the key spacing looks quite odd, (the 2nd picture appears to present a rather strange perspective...)🤔
  4. I still have the Bastari that I was given (New, bought from Walton's in Dublin) around 1978/79 (I think!) I remember addding a "tubing" fix quite soon thereafter.... It is still quite playable!! The bellows are still airtight although some of the corners are getting quite worn, it's still in tune (at least not seriously out of tune!) It had been kept in a very airtight flightcase for most of its life, coming out every few years as the mood took me... I have a Crabb, 2 Lachenals and two George Jones now so other than just the other day, when I had a play just out of curiosity, I don't play it anymore... (If anyone in Glasgow (or reasonably near), is thinking about starting to play the concertina and wants to try one out to see if they "get on" with a concertina before taking the plunge and spending money, they're welcome to take it away for a while and have a play....)
  5. Alex West is in Scotland (Ayrshire)... may be able to help?
  6. That would be "First Minister of Scotland , Nicola Sturgeon" if you live in Scotland....and have any sense! 😜 (but back to concertina matters! )
  7. Do you still have the Crabb 30 key...? I have a Crabb 40 key and may be interested if you still have it (BTW mine is ungilded and black bellows... plays like a dream and I couldn't care less about bling! )
  8. That's why I went for the "expedited" delivery, (What a Scotsman paying extra!!), and had them in 48 hours....
  9. Following discussions on this topic, I had a look at getting a custom made case.... however, it transpired that Swan Flightcase manufacturers are currently having a sale of cases for 7 inch vinyl records (100,200 & 300) These have compartments within the case (200 & 300 models) Anyway, I bought two for £125 inc expedited delivery (48 hrs) & VAT I'll be adding some foam blocking to suit each concertina, but I think this is a pretty cost effective and suitable solution as pictured, (the lid is actually detachable) see https://www.swanflight.com/dj-flight-cases/dj-record-boxes-flightcases/7-singles-record-boxes.html I hope this is a useful option for members of the group Gerry S
  10. One of the issues with "lapel" mics is that the are generall Omni-directional (ie: Not just from one focussed direction), and therefore, will pick up lots of ambient sound, leading to a bigger risk of feedback. I bought a myers system( https://www.myerspickups.com/pickups/the-feather-series ), which I've never used due to 1) The Covid situation preventing any musical gatherings and 2) I haven't worked out a system (that doesn't include velcro glued to my box(es)) which won't compromise the woodwork surface of my boxes. I did have a thought about using the endbolts to "clamp" a metal/plastic surface on to which I might attach the mics, but I think I'm just going to forget the whole clip on thing and stick with a couple of Shure SM57s or my Sony stereo mic (get in touch if you want to discuss further )
  11. I see you're in the UK. I have two of my concertinas in a case, the same as this from the same Ebay seller. I added some high density foam to provide the correct support and division... https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/142818481322?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649 It is very robust if a little on the heavy side, I but I'd rather have such a small (potential) inconvenience if it means protecting my "babies" to the max!
  12. Brilliant!! I first came across Simon in a session in a very strange pub in Poznan, Poland.... Lots of vodka and some great music.... brilliant then.... even more brilliant now!!
  13. Hi Patrick, I have a Lachenal B/F# 27 button anglo, tuned A=440, newpads, valves... generally fettled (professionally) last year.... £800 if you are interested...? Gerry
  14. Roy, Dave Elliot (miraculously) fettled mine into playable condition.... it was in its original old (Philharmonic?) tuning and he retuned it to A=440, replaced valves, pads, .......• "The valves are all but original, replace all • The pads are totally unserviceable, replace all • The cross bushes are some missing other a bit tatty, change all • The long structural screws are wrong, they need possibly drilling out and replacing (one per end) • The innards need a good clean • The pad board has shrunk and needs packing/ gluing • There are a number of missing/ loose reedpan support blocks to replace/ re-fix • The reeds have corrosion on the steel tongues which needs removal • The reeds need tuning to A=440Hz standard." some missing fretwork was also rebuilt..... a great job!!
  15. Hi Roy, I have a 27 key Lachenal (60792 ) (apparently originally a 26 key with a 27th added retrospectively) in B/F# which is its original key..... looks just like yours.... :)
  16. I currently have a Lachenal 20 button on ebay for spares or repair.... and among the other bits in the lot are two sets of reed pans one set with brass and one set wit steel reeds.... so that's a lot of Lachenal reeds...... just sayin' :) https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/193633978855
  17. This might be of some interest to those looking for historical/unusual/"concertinas with a story" ..... (I'm an anglo player so I wouldn't know!!) https://www.the-saleroom.com/en-gb/auction-catalogues/gorringes/catalogue-id-srgo10210/lot-d908d6f6-bdcf-44bd-b6c6-ac1300b4f5c4?utm_source=auction-alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=auction-alert&utm_content=lot-image-link "A 19th century Louis Lachenal Presentation cut brass inlaid thuya concertina, number 12378, with forty eight glass buttons, five-fold leather bellows, scroll fret-cut ends, one mounted with a silver plaque, inscribed "Presented to Rt. Carter of E. Division by E. Lachenal for his activity in bringing to justice two men for breaking and entering her warehouse Nov 9th 1868", in its thuya veneered hexagonal case, case lacking carrying handle"
  18. Just an observation... I have two George Jones concertinas and a couple of Lachenals and have just discovered, (from Andrew Norman) that George Jones "accidental/incidental" (outer) rows had/have a slightly different layout to the standard Lachenal or Jeffries layout ie: Left hand: Jones (and early Lachenals) used E push/G# pull on the lowest button, later everyone went to E/F as the lowest button Right Hand: Jones used D#/C#push for 1A, G/G#push, Bb/c# push, the f/a (like the highest Lachenal button) then a high d#/and very high c on the push (Credit to Andrew Norman for this info as he is currently restoring my third George Jones (although keep an eye out as I will be selling at least one of them shortly to pay for the current restoration :) ) So a reflection on the button pattern might shed some light on whether it is a Jones? Gerry S
  19. Did anyone ever get round to creating and publishing a concertina emjoi??
  20. https://www.cacornish.co.uk/musical-instruments/ does the whole range of concertina leather bits..... Gerry
  21. I recently bought a few trial pieces from here...... Thank you for your enquiry. We manufacture the leather bindings mentioned but in a softee hide leather not goatskin. If you would like to let me know the sizes required I can advise the cost. We either split thin at .2mm across the whole width or centre split to .6/.7mm with both edges bevelled. Please send your address and I can send samples. I look forward to your reply. Kind Regards Lynda Lynda Cornish C. A. CORNISH | 21 High Street | STREET | Somerset | BA16 0EF Tel: +44 (0)1458 442746 | Fax: +44 (0)1458 443850 sales@cacornish.co.uk | www.cacornish.co.uk
  22. I recently purchased Jason O'Rourke's excellent CD " The Northern Concertina". I am completely blown away by the Mazurka "L'Aguilette". Does anyone have the music or ABC they can share..... It would make this "old man" very happy!
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