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robert stewart

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  1. Yes, he's back. Two entries on Ebay today...both for the same fake concertina auction, same pirated text as always. Look for "Wheatstone Lachenal English Concertina". People are actually bidding!
  2. Thank you Greg! I also keep a humidified room, as I have fretted instruments. My wife calls it The Jungle, as it is warm and humid...though perhaps she is also referring to the happy absence of tidiness. This creates another question-worthy scenario, as many room-humidifiers blow out a fine white dust, even when using distilled water. The distraught musician seems to do less practicing than he/she does cleaning-up. But those old British concertinas certainly sound best when they remember the damp of London, where they breathed in fog as they were played. Robert
  3. I use these for my Lachenal Edeophone 56 keys...ebony ends. I keep two of the humidity packs inside a flight case from Button Box, one for each side of the concertina...but not touching the instrument. They seem to work well in the rapid variaions of humidity and temperature in West Virginia. RJ
  4. this morning (EST) it looks as if the listing(s) have been pulled from Ebay
  5. 224293402899 is the new fake auction on Ebay, for that same old concertina that has been offered many times from different hacked accounts. and further fake auction for a set of uiileann pipes in B is also running from the same scammer. Sadly people appear to have been bidding already on both items. Be very wary.... Unless you were looking for Lip Gloss. RJ
  6. hmm...I meant to say a "new listing", and did not mean a new Lachenal concertina...sorry for any confusion thereby. Robert
  7. See first in the list, a new Lachenal English offered on US Ebay today. Does it look oh so familiar? Buy it now only...of course best wishes (and don't try to buy it!) Robert
  8. Does that look like a metal end plate on the LHS? And do some of the other pics show a metal edge on the LHS?
  9. https://www.ebay.com/itm/353204139890 Looks like a fabulous instrument, made by Steve Dickinson. But wait...what do you notice that is odd about some of the photographs? I do not want to give any hints, but I think something looks strange... best wishes to all, Robert
  10. The pine (?) baffles are interesting...has anyone every compared such wooden baffles in older concertinas to the Virzi toneplate and similar secondary soundboards found in stringed instruments? While cloth or leather baffles in a concertina will have a muting or damping effect, baffles of tone wood, even fairly rough, may act as soundboards for certain overtones. Having restored several fretted instruments that had such secondary soundboards inside, typically just below the main sound hole, I wonder about a "lost" soundboard technology when I see instruments with such boards. The prime example that is best known is, of course the secondary soundbox used by Mario Maccaferri inside his Grande Bouche guitars...based on designs by his teacher, Mozanni (ie dating back to the late 19th early 20th centuries). just a few thoughts, in case this has not been discussed in the distant past. best wishes, Robert
  11. There is surely a story here..."E Lachenal" and her warehouse...so she was a member of the family, and presumably it was the Lachenal warehouse? Then there is Rt (presumably Robert?) Carter of "E Division"...is that military or police? (on a dark and stormy night, international concertina thieves climb the roof of the Lachenal warehouse, then rappel down to kick through a high window. They are seeking high end concertinas to bury in a time capsule, and then wait for the prices to rise. But they reckoned without trusty Robert Carter, a concertina lover, and unrequited admirer of Ms Lachenal.
  12. Here's a question for the wood experts: is "thuya" or thuja, as in the Lachenal listing, the same as Lignum Vitae? I worked on tuning a set of uilleann pipes made from Lignum Vitae some years ago...a very hard aromatic wood that cracked easily as it was curing...but was good thereafter. thank you, RJ
  13. Hmmm. A number of Music Hall/Variety or possibly Arthur Askey style verses might be cautiously composed on the theme: "I once dated a concertina but she wouldn't let me squeeze her... Robert
  14. This may be an obvious thought that you have considered already. Do you have a ceiling fan or other kind of fan running when you play and notice the vibrato/tremulo? That frequently causes a tremulo effect for concertinas. Which is not there, of course, when any fans are off. best wishes, Robert
  15. Zoom has caused many concerns about hacking, spying, infiltration, etc. I recently used Go To Meeting for a group class, and that successfully broadcast a lady singing live, which everyone said was good quality. Good thing that a concertina cannot be hacked, only a computer good luck! Robert
  16. Should this short thread be amalgamated with the substantial thread on dating Lachenal's? That seems to be where it belongs. Perhaps a moderator could do this? best wishes, Robert
  17. Thank you Dowright! You also dated the year of my Edeophone English, a couple of months ago. I appreciate the help and expertise. Robert
  18. mea culpa, mistaking 2 for 6 in a serial number!. What year or approx year might an Edeophone duet with number 2880 have been made? Robert. (current confirming his birthday date in case he got that wrong )
  19. Many thanks for answering. Curious indeed: the number stamped on the metal scrollwork shows as 6880, and it appears again as 6880 inside the instrument. I wonder if this could be 688, in fact? I could not see a 4 anywhere. I just sent it off to Greg Jowaisas for some repair and restoration, so I cannot take any close up pics. In the attached picture you can just see the Number at the top of the scrollwork. Maybe some refined tech could sharpen it up...but I do not have the means to do this. But thank you again for the information and advice...very helpful...and mystifying. Robert
  20. Still hoping that Dowright can help with his expertise. Third try lucky? I recently bought a large metal ended Lachenal Edeophone Maccann duet system, with 9-fold bellows, 61 keys, but really 59 notes, as there is a duck quack and a whistle, so essential back in the day for variety entertainers. The serial number is 6880. While it is being restored, I am wondering what date it might have been made? best wishes, Robert
  21. Lachenal Edeophone, Maccann Duet, 61 keys, metal ends set in wooden frame with ebony veneers. number 2880 confirmed. What year might this be?
  22. I recently bought a 61 key Edeophone with metal ends, presumably a Duet. waiting for it to arrive next week. Would the serial number 2880 be correct for this? Many thanks, Robert
  23. Hmm....as a Scottish musician, I might surmise that he was an English comedian? But no...he was indeed English, as discussed on this forum (died 1953, came from Yorkshire) but he was also a skilled concertina player. So the next challenge is to discover how to play bagpipes that look like a mockery of a concertina? Robert
  24. Good to know that I am not a crazy paranoid musician...at least, I think that I'm not...perhaps.
  25. Is this a scam? It has appeared on Ebay (USA) with the typical "only selling via Buy it Now* text. Also...the description and pics look familiar, as they seem to appear from time to time? https://www.ebay.com/itm/WHEATSTONE-LACHENAL-ENGLISH-CONCERTINA/184200837300?hash=item2ae339b8b4:i:184200837300 Or am I just jaded and suspicious ? Robert
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