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Mike Pierceall

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    Chatty concertinist

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    Arranging music for the English concertina from the Renaissance period to modern day. Finder of forgotten history -- obscure bits of useless information.
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    Southern California U.S.A.

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  1. Mike Pierceall

    Help to identify please

    Ultimately, a viable restoration depends on the condition of the reeds. Replacing all the missing buttons and repairing damaged fretwork is doable, but you might end up with an instrument that is still not worth much. I don't think it is German, unless it was marketed for the English-speaking market.
  2. Mike Pierceall

    Routine Maintenance

    Keep it in a protective case, away from extremes of heat and humidity. Play it as often as possible. I've had more problems with instruments that have been lying idle than with instruments that are used regularly.
  3. Mike Pierceall

    Jeffries English Concertina For Sale

    I see modifications such as the pivots for the lowest notes moved distally. I wonder if the left-hand side has similar changes. *Upon closer inspection I see that the pivots for the lowest notes seem to be in their original positions but fall outside the boundary of the disk, hence the extensions. Extra holes might indicate the springs were relocated? Very clean set of reeds and nice re-valving and padding. Yes, a Jeffries tenor English - a rarity twice over. I wonder why so few were made. Perhaps ahead of his time. I don't think Wheatstone tenors were made until the 1930s? Does anyone know? *Addendum
  4. Mike Pierceall

    Wheatstone 56 Key Aeola Amboyna Concertina Unbelievable Condition

    Might the ends be replacements? The badges?
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    Date of manufacturer January 31, 1954. Nickle plated ends. Anglo. No idea of value. I'm not an Anglo player, but someone will know.
  6. I use 1/4 inch Baltic Birch from Rockler and used rabbet joints. This is my video from about 3 years ago. I've made about a half dozen of these cases. Video is here:
  7. Mike Pierceall

    Lachenal English Dating Evidence

    It seems to match up fairly closely with one way of estimating Lachenals: 17642 Divided by 769 = 23 + 1850 = 1873. Although from year to year production would vary, so always good to establish some milestones.
  8. Mike Pierceall

    Wheatstone Aeola Tenor-Treble English Concertina

    Sound files are useful, particularly something that demonstrates the responsiveness of the reeds. You might expand your market beyond a limited range of prospective buyers that live close by.
  9. Mike Pierceall

    1928 Wheatstone 30-Button C/g For Sale

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  10. Mike Pierceall

    1863 Hymn By William Dix

    Sometimes referred to as "The Harvest Anthem," "To Thee, O Lord, Our Hearts We Raise" was written by William Dix in 1863. This is my arrangement for English concertina here:
  11. Mike Pierceall

    Double Stops

    Thanks, Don. Here is the link to the video: Not Vivaldi, though. It's one of my own. Not sure who I was channeling.
  12. Mike Pierceall

    Post Wwii Wheatstone Reed Pans

    I wonder if the possibility of error would not have been the reason for the design change. Maintaining the accuracy of the equipment and having experienced operators might have become problematic. A dwindling marketplace would have driven cost-cutting measures. Maybe the reject pile was just getting too high.
  13. Mike Pierceall

    Winter On Wheatstone 5A

    Thank you, Don. ET in standard pitch, i.e., A440.
  14. Mike Pierceall

    Matusewitch Connection

    Thank you, Eric. I appreciate the added information. Although your father likely did not re-tune the instrument, he undoubtedly would have known where to refer major work on his students' instruments. There were two labels on the instrument case - the name and address of the owner, and the name and location of your father's studio. Mike
  15. Mike Pierceall

    Winter On Wheatstone 5A

    Playing the Wheatstone 5A here: