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  1. Thanks for the very interesting information Dan. I found the google book and it is such a treasure to read! Good news...this concertina is currently on its way to Greg Jowaisas for a full overhaul (original tuning to be preserved). Looking forward to learning to play this unusual system once it's restored to its former glory. Cheers all! Chris.
  2. I really like the idea of a custom reed pan as a completely reversible option. Thanks for the suggestion Paul. Are there any suppliers of replica Jeffries reeds or did his methods not survive?
  3. Yes F, Ab, Bb and C are correct. As a button accordion player starting on the concertina I'm oblivious to the advantages/disadvantages of the different systems. So hopefully a unique sound will develop! The chords are fun on this box. I'm finding the treble side a little sluggish though - I imagine the action should be faster and I sense the reeds are not speaking as fast as they should. I guess 120 years will do that. Time for a refresh for sure.
  4. Hi Paul, thanks for the info. I've attached a pic of the weight. It's definitely a box for playing along the rows. As I try to learn tunes on it I'm getting some fun chord possibilities, all which stir up the creativity. No doubt I'll be keeping this as original as possible. The chords along the rows are so pure it seems like "just temperment" - but that's to my untrained ears - I'm used to a very wet paolo
  5. Here is a quick video showing how it sounds:
  6. Hello Folks, I received the concertina yesterday after a shipping delay. It looks to be in good condition and Pgidley was very helpful in showing me how to take it apart carefully to inspect the insides. We are confused about the layout - it is certainly non standard. The reference pitch is A453 and I zeroed my tuner app to this and created the layout diagram (attached). Everything appears to be in original condition and it was very difficult to get the bellows to separate from the end blocks. After some gentle encouragement I finally got them off. Here are
  7. Thanks for all the replies so far. I can't really confirm anything yet until I receive the instrument. Are Jeffries Duets diatonic instruments? This one has different notes per button depending on bellows direction so I'm leaning towards anglo still. Maybe it's just a non standard layout to suit the original owner - this confuses me though because Herbert Booth wrote the 1888 tutor for anglo concertina?? I will post a video of all the notes being played when I get it. Then I will disassemble and photograph each component up close. Interesting about the bello
  8. Hi. This is my first post here but I've been a member over at melnet for a while. I'm new to the concertina and I feel this is the best place to ask my questions: So I just purchased this concertina from a gentleman in Canada and it's currently in transit (waiting patiently). I did quite a bit of research on Jeffries instruments but I was unable to come across another example like this one with 4 rows and 5 buttons on each row. I confirmed it's an anglo (diatonic). He played scales on each row and they appear to be the major scales of C#, B, A and F# from the inside out on the righ
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