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  1. This instrument is now sold. Thanks all for the interest. Chris.
  2. Hi Everyone. I am the seller of this instrument. Don contacted me on kijiji and let me know there was a post on here. I was on a short trip back to Ireland hoping to sell the concertina there but no takers yet. I have since returned to Canada with the instrument. If anyone has any questions feel free to ask. It’s a genuine sale. Thanks. Chris
  3. 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.
  4. 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?
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. Here is a quick video showing how it sounds:
  8. 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 pictures (multiple posts due to file size). I'd appreciate any thoughts on the tuning etc. Thanks all!! Edit: The Head & Toe on the layout is wrong - disregard them.
  9. 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 bellows - I read somewhere that Salvation Army ordered their concertinas with black bellows - so I'm also assuming they're the originals. The carry case doesn't appear to be original since there's a wheatstone sticker on the inside. Looking forward to discussing this further.
  10. 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 right-hand side. I will confirm this when it arrives. The tuning is certainly non-standard pitch. I tried finding a similar chart online but I'm completely at a loss - nothing matches. So I'm wondering if anyone knows what sort of tuning it would be? I'm assuming it's to match the brass band so is probably a flat key. A bit of ownership history from the seller: First owner was Herbert Booth (son of William Booth - founder of the Salvation Army) who brought it over from England to Canada Second owner Colonel Potts. Third owner Colonel Potts' Daughter who didn't play it and kept it in storage for approx. 20 years. Then to the most recent owner who didn't play either and had it stored in its box for over 30 years. And now it's on the way to me. I would be grateful for some insights into the following questions: - Any inkling on tuning based on my vague description above? - Why the 4 rows? Aren't they usually 3 rows? I've seen some 4-rows but with more notes per row. - I notice there's a baffle material behind the metal grille which looks non-original. There is some brown staining near the metal on this material. Could it be corrosion of the metal or does the material typically brown over time or if wetted? I've seen this on accordions but without the associated corrosion. I'm hoping the baffle protected the internals from dust & moisture etc. - Does the "C. Jeffries Maker 23 Praed St, London W" stamp indicate pre-1900 manufacture date? My research of Herbert Booth found that he arrived in Canada in 1892 so he likely purchased it prior to that trip (my guess). Any info would be much appreciated. I'll post more photos below since there's an upload limit. Thanks! Chris
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