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  1. I had a look at it.  It was originally advertised as "probably a C/G" instrument (this note was removed late yesterday) but it is actually a G/D.  In very good condition and a surprisingly soft sounding/quiet sounding concertina.  It was owned by a Steven Samwell who played in bands around the New Forrest, now sadly departed RIP.

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  2. I hope you all had a lovely Christmas day.


    I am looking for advice on how to remove the metal end plate from the right hand side of a Wheatsone Aeola.  The left has 2 screws at the bottom of the pad board that screw into two wooden pillars on the other side and removing these allows thee chamber to separate.  The right side has no such arrangement and I cannot see how to remove the pad board from the end plate arrangement. In such a case I would typically look to see if there is a screw concealed under the handle but it looks like, as there is a pin under the strap heading into the instrument, that the handle does not remove this way. I have removed all the handle hardware and cannot see how the handle might be removed.


    Any suggestions would be very welcomed


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    All is now clear.  There is such a wealth of concertina knowledge and experience on this site.  Thanks for all the emails and phone calls, the mystery is now solved.  This concertina is and was built as an anglo and most probably by Robert Carr.  I was encouraged to remove the reed pan and there it was, his signature.  All levers, posts and reed pans are  Jeffries and most of the reeds are Jeffries with a number a mixture of wheatstone/crabb and other.  The metal (aluminium) ends are likely to be Carr’s own work.  Looks like this was constructed by parts that Carr acquired ("lunchbox acquisitions?") from his working with Jeffries, Crabb and the others.  The end bolts are not original and are an addition by a more recent owner who did some work on them.


  4. On 11/30/2019 at 9:35 AM, Mark Davies said:

    A 48 key Anglo Duet by R Carr together with the fingering chart( to follow)


    Hi Mark.  Can I ask what identified this beauty as a R Carr instrument?  I have what appears to be a converted duet with a similar layout to the one you posted.  Mine does not have any markings that I can see and am interested if yours had any markings.  Many thanks in advance, John

  5. On 2/9/2018 at 3:38 PM, waster said:

    C.net doesn't seem to like Excel attachments so I'll try a .pdf version of the map. Hope this works and helps clarify suggested method.




    Carr 50 Key.pdf 102.02 kB · 33 downloads

    Hi John. Your pdf was very interesting and useful.  I have a 50 button concertina that has a 100% identical button/note layout to your pdf and I am trying to understand more about my original maker and converter (if indeed it was a duet).  My concertina has no makers name.  Do you have any pictures or the concertina end or reed pans etc?  Was there a makers name etched?  I am interested in establishing any links between the one you own/owned and mine.  I'd appreciate any help with my research.  Thanks, John

  6. 1 hour ago, Peter Smith said:

    Was this the Anglo in the Gardiner Houlgate auction on 26th June 2020? It looks the same.

    There was an initial suggestion that the concertina in that auction might have been made by Robert Carr but the auction house subsequently changed the description.

    Any pictures of the inside?



    Peter, can you send me your email address and I will forward on more pictures.  Thanks, John

  7. Quality Anglo Concertina (C/G), 51 metal buttons, metal ends and modern hard case.

    I acquired this to have it serviced and get it back to top flight condition, but alas I have too many projects on the go and also need to thin my collection. No makers name badge showing that I can see. A concertina player I know opened it for me and said it has steel reeds, riveted action, 7 fold (airtight) bellows, 160mm across ends. Needs a service (valves/bush service and small repair to veneer etc). I asked him to take a photo of the insides while he had the ends off – see attached. This instrument needs a bit of work but should be a real beauty when finished.
    I am happy to send more photos if you PM me, I could only upload one.  I am asking £2,500 GBP and I am happy to make a donation to this site if successful.

    General Photo - Copy copy.jpg

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