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  1. Thank you very much for this information!

    I thought that there was not really a lot of it but if there is interest in general here I might put my ears to the ground.

    Maybe I´ll come across some more infos.





    (Melofon/melophon was the old German name for the English concertina.)
    Do you (Stephen) probably have an idea of the number of instruments being (re)build in Germany? Was it any common or was it just a short rise up of an interest in instruments being built in G. Britain?

    I simply can´t find any proper information about that.



    There probably isn't much information about German production or playing of them, but there are enough references and surviving instruments to show that English concertinas were formerly being made and played in France, Germany, Austria-Hungary and Scandinavia. They were also being exported internationally (including to Germany) from England.


  2. Hello Bob,


    by the way, if you look closely at one of the pictures you´ll see the bottom side of the action board. You´ll see on the close-up that the wood there has moved a lot and there is on the very top a crack between two side bars of the instrument.


    Not a good sign though...



  3. Hello Daniel,


    thank you for providing this information, haven´t heard of these before!







    I may able to help with this one. BGK Beschäftigungsgesellschaft Klingenthal mbH is an active builder of 20-button concertinas. Their instruments are sold here in the US under the names Silvetta (by the dealer Sam Ash) and Castiglione (by the dealer Castiglione). I've got one of their concertinas (a double-reed octave-tuned G/D purchased from Castiglione) and it's a good instrument for the price. I think that they sell concertinas in Germany under the Silvetta name too via Hartenhauer and perhaps others. My guess is that they sell quite a few concertinas, but I couldn't estimate a count.


    I'll defer to Stephen on the historic part of the question.



  4. ............maybe I have 'bought a lemon'????

    Not so much a lemon, more of a mel[of]on? :unsure:


    (Melofon/melophon was the old German name for the English concertina.)


    Hello everybody,


    I have a question:

    I always thought to be relativly well informed what to expect in instruments built and (still) being sold in this country. Going to markets, shops ect. you´ll sometimes find all sorts of free reed instruments piled up. Since being interested in concertinas I never found any of these out there, every now and than I see an old Scholer type of Anglo but that´s it.


    Do you (Stephen) probably have an idea of the number of instruments being (re)build in Germany? Was it any common or was it just a short rise up of an interest in instruments being built in G. Britain?

    I simply can´t find any proper information about that.




  5. Dear Greg and Stephen,

    Many thanks for your sage comments. I purchased this concertina from Ebay where there are other pictures. I suppose my real question is whether it is a German English or an English English? The black (painted?) wood is interesting??





    Maybe I can add something:

    The German description says it´s built by someone called Zeuner having Lachenal´s concertinas taken as examples.

    Perhaps it might be easier to tell something about if you could give as well an image of the action.




  6. I didn´t expect myself to be so nervous being recorded, normally it´s with less changes in speed and more correct notes.

    Yes, it's amazing how nervous you get isn't it? You can tell yourself over and over that there's no pressure because it can be re-recorded infinitely and there's nothing forcing you to put it up on youtube anyway. Still the gremlins of self doubt creep in, but it was well done anyway. Nice 'tina btw, is it a Lachenal New Model perchance?


    Pete, :D


    Hi Pete,


    yes! It is exactly that. You play the same tune over and over again and once you have pushed the record button, you seem to play the same piece of music for the first time.

    And you were right, it´s a New Model, end of the 1890s.



  7. Hello Pamela,


    reading your topic here encouraged me to upload a little video as well.

    You can see there the playing on just on side - I ididn´t expect myself to be so nervous being recorded, normally it´s with less changes in speed and more correct notes.


    You can see it




    This was nice - IMHO, Bach is well suited for the concertina.



    Hello Henrik,


    this little piece is indeed very well suited for the concertina covering quite a range of notes and is still very good to play.

    It´s got a couple of nasty parts but they´re getting better with practice - at least I do hope so.




  8. Hullo Folks,


    I'm new-ish, reading for several months before registering. Name is John, location in Victoria, BC.


    While I'm waiting for the affordable 30 button C/G D/G Anglo to come along I've been enjoying reading the various posts on C.Net.


    A musical friend of mine, also now on C.Net, sent this link to me. I'm simply forwarding it for general Concertina availability awareness. No connection with the owner.


    A 1857 Wheatstone Made for Joseph Scates – Amboina Burl, Silver Alloy Reed, 48 Button Treble English Concertina, available in Seattle.


    Cheers, JD


    The part about the worms is a bit of a drawback, isn´t it?

    Beautiful instrument though...



  9. I make that 17 folds in the bellows. Surely there must be a point where bellows become impossible to control?




    Well, I think it´s far better to control than you´d expect it to be :)

    I recently recorded one of his life performances on tv and he used to play a lot on the pull and not that much on the push.

    When you listen closely to some of his recordings you can hear the ffffft-sound when he pushes the bellows together holding the air button.




  10. For carrying concertinas one at a time, if I have a hard case, I use it! I can't imagine a situation where I would use soft case if a hard one was available.


    It depends... When I´ve got other things to carry as well with the concertina (music sheets, a little camera...) I´d have a camera case with adjustable blocks. The instrument sits well in there and there´s enough space for other stuff.

    In general I have it in a concertina-shape gig bag, well padded (´s one of Barleycorn´s). The instrument sits very firmly in there, it´s a handy size and the instrument is well protected.

    Concerning changes of humidity and temperature it is good for the instrument as well.

    I´ve got a big bag for my accordion too and does very well it´s job since many years.



  11. Christian,

    Leather conditioners, shoe polish, creams and bellows have been in frequent discussion on cnet. Here are some links I found. You may find more by doing a search. Make sure you use the 2nd part of the search format, "search forms", to zero in on your search target.








    I believe the current general consensus is to SPARINGLY use a paste (fredelka or shoe polish/creme) that will not migrate from the appication area and effect the glue or paper (card) of the bellows.




    Thanks Greg for making the effort! That did the job - I think I found something appropriate.



  12. Hello free-feet,


    I´d agree to the other members that you shouldn´t think about it too much, they´re rough little beasts.

    You see some dust on the bellows or in the bellows folds? Take a soft cloth or small brush and clean it away - that sort of thing is mainly needed when looking at permanent care.


    But I´ll use your posting for an additional question.


    Last week-end I visited Wim Wakker and he gave me the advise to have an eye on the bellows. I looked possibilities up in Dave´s book, googled some but it´s not that easy to find a comparable shoe-creme over here.

    Could any one please discribe what you use regarding it´s condition? Here I found a very hard version, that would be rubbed in a cloth and than applied and polished later. There is a sort of creamy thing, like tooth-paste. That usually has an integrated sponge which would help applying. Third thing would be something like liquid, like water.

    Two other versions I wouldn´t count, they´re called "leather soap" and "leather fat/oil" - I know that from saddle care and think they wouldn´t do the job at all.


    Is there any ingredience that souldn´t be in there at all? Maybe that´s the easiest way to find something appropriate...


    thanks for answering



    (edited for correcting)

  13. Theo Gibb has a 48 key metal ended Lachenal New Model. From what I've seen you'd struggle to find one at a better price although it's above your present budget.




    a bit of information concering that one:

    I´ve got one like this and it is a good choice if you´re playing with others. Without struggling I think the machine is loud enough and at the same time soft and with a sweet tone when it comes to more quiet moments at home.



  14. Buy a stereo and some heavy metal cd's and show him what 'loud' is really like, Christian!


    Now that´s an idea <_<


    Actually I am a bit unhappy with this situation. I don´t mind when someone is listening but I often sit there and I don´t play the music the way I would because I start thinking too much (what if...), silly but I can´t stop it. Not really relaxing.

    Thanks be to God that awful man is working a lot and not always in his appartment.



  15. I'll have to check with my neighbours to see whether they share that view. :unsure:


    By the way ... Yes, life can sometimes be very annoying when it comes to time left for playing BUT I´ve got a neighbour who starts baning on the wall when I start playing. I never considered myself to be a loud player but obviously he does.


    I don´t pose myself the question of playing skills and quality at this point, no,no.



  16. Hello you out there!


    As a matter of interest I was wondering the other day what has happened to one instrument I owned and sold here.

    Must have been 2001/2002ish, as you can see on the pics below a rosewood concertina (Lachenal), brass reeds and it was in need of a lot of attention when I sold it. I can´t remember anything of the buyer but it went to the Midlands, that I do remember.


    I have no proper image program on the computer but the serial number is either 43XXX or 48XXX (stamped on the cloth it was always hard to read it).


    So, has anybody seen that one? I´d just like to know what happened to the old lady...





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  17. So, here is one answer from Germany.


    I play mainly "isolated" because the music I am currently interested in is absolutely suitable for being played in my living room.

    BUT, I have the opportunity to play with others if I want to. It´s not really a session type of thing - once a week I can join a dance lot if I want to and playing in an accordion orchestra there is at the moment the idea to realize a piece which is written for concertina and five accordions, let´s see. Where I live there was a bunch of people who played once a month in an Irish Pub but I´ve got no idea whether that still exists.


    Greetings from Germany


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