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    My main squeeze is the English -- in various sizes, but principally the standard treble, -- but I also play some Crane duet and anglo, and a wee bit on the MacCann duet, which I hope soon to devote more time to. I'll try my Jeffries duet and Chemnitzer once I get them into playing condition, but that may be a while.
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  1. This leaves me wondering who is the current "owner". Doug, is the BB owned outright by yourself? I'm wondering whether a possible option -- hopefully a temporary one -- could be for it to continue under current ownership while hiring a new manager who would have the right skills but not the wherewithal to buy it. I know that if I won the lottery (difficult, since I don't play), I would offer to buy the business if Doug could find an appropriate manager... a position for which I'm not suited.
  2. Someone built at least one more, since it was for sale in New York City in the early '70s. I have since regretted not buying it, but at the time I was looking for a standard English and the price ($200, if I recall correctly) was beyond my budget for such a curiosity. And unfortunately, I totally lost touch with the seller, who had been a student at Columbia University. The one I saw was definitely not the same one we're discussing here, as it didn't have as wide a range. But it, too, was labelled from Vienna. Oh yeah, I remember noting that it had reed pans and ree
  3. But where are you going to get the rest of the "musical wagon"?
  4. The "thumb" loops are clearly new. I suspect Stephen C. could tell us whether something similar was ever original design. My guess is that they're a modification by a user who didn't have the ability to replace the original thumb loops, though the metal hardware is there (but maybe not positioned properly). Note that Stephen's avatar, identified as the first concertina that Wheatstone sold, has the sort of thumb loops that we're used to. FWIW (and somewhat off topic) I have concertina that needs to have one thumb loop replaced, and currently in its place is only the l
  5. Years ago I met a fellow in New York state who only had the use of one hand, and he played a German "anglo" with the left-hand end closed off and strapped around his thigh. He used it mainly for song accompaniment and did a good show. Alas, I don't remember his name.
  6. Likewise with mine, neither my G-bass nor my "ordinary" bass. And if either was for sale, there are already queues at least a dozen long for each... and have been for decades. Good luck to you, though.
  7. Correct me if I'm wrong, Robert, but if I remember correctly, that's not a G-bass, but a "contrabass", i.e., an octave lower than a standard "bass", going down to the C below a G-bass. But also with a very limited range... an octave, or slightly more? My guess is that it was custom-made for a stage act. And strictly for the sake of appearance, since it's much larger than necessary for what it is musically. More for fun than for music, I'd say, though maybe one could fit a mast and sail to it. 8^D
  8. Or not... at least not as planned. It turns out that we we just don't have the resources to run a Zoom program spanning the whole weekend. But I'm now hoping that we can produce a series of much smaller events -- workshops, sessions, maybe even concerts -- which will not only be more appropriate to our capabilities but also more suitable to participation by folks in radically differing time zones. Please see our web site -- http://www.nonce.dk/SSI/ -- for much more information. (Now I'll go edit the first post in this thread, then send personal e
  9. Yeah, that's the type I was asking about. And if you've never seen one, I doubt that anybody has. 8^)
  10. I think I've seen those from Italy (or Germany?), but did any of the English makers do that?
  11. Are there any records of performers noted for playing on such a concertina?
  12. It worked fine for me, and it showed rows up to 11 buttons wide. Even with the loop-and-strap way of holding it, I'm not sure I could reach the edges, especially with my rather short little fingers. Leaves me wondering about the length(s) of Emmanuel Pariselle's fingers. (And Colin Dipper's, since I know that he also plays the franglo.)
  13. Ouch! I first read that "Harmonicade" as "Harmonicide". 😮 Glad I was wrong. ☺️
  14. I'm curious as to the actual arrangement of the buttons and notes, and how they "map" to an actual piano keyboard. Also your comments as to your experience when playing it.
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