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  1. Hello Dowright, Is there a way to find out when my Lachenal maccan duet 46 key #2675 was manufactured ? I posted about it here: Maccan-duet Any information would be appreciated regards, Joe
  2. Hi John, My apologies for not replying sooner. I have been made aware that the instrument is not a 'garden variety' one, The gentleman who repaired the instrument offered a tidy sum for it before undertaking the repair.. but I do not know the nuances and eschelons of the concertina world - I'm a pianist first, guitarist second and a hack concertina player in dead-last I have to admit this one is getting the better of me, dare I say it, if it had been passed to me a couple of decades previous I'd be a far better musician. Boy these things do my head in. My uncle & cousin both play accordion, one more proficient on the buttons, the other with the piano keys - So I am learning, but the concertina is certainly proving a challenge for me. I should ask the wider audience if they had an 'easy run' or if they too found learning difficult. Perhaps there are techniques I am unfamiliar with that would make me a more competent player? I basically have copies of the old lachenal manual, and from what I interpret through my hack playing, is that these are quite a modal instrument with regards to the fingering arrangement - but (excuse the pun) I am trying to get my hands on it - the grey matter is somewhat slower to catch on though. cheers, Joe
  3. Hi, New here, but not new to Concertinas. This belonged to my Great Great Grandfather. It's a 46 button maccann duet. When I was a child my Grandfather played this often for me. He passed some years ago and it was willed to my father. It was subsequently kept for over 2 decades in a cupboard, and was taken out about 6 years ago, and sent to a knowledgeable fellow Mr Dolislager who repairs concertinas. The instrument was tuned, new valves, pads, reset the levers and cleaned and repaired the bellows, which were in surprisingly good condition. He also replaced the decals inside the covers and the screen gauze. My father has recently given it to me.I have fond memories of it being played when I was a child. However my fat fingers are no match for the lithe little bone buttons. I'm going to need some practice... Wish me luck! Pics included for the curious.
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