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David Helmore

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  1. Hi This distinctive pattern look the same as the three Jabez Austin instruments at the concertina museum https://www.concertinamuseum.com/CM00260.htm It could be tricky to ever definitively say, but there could well be more clues inside...the three at the museum all have 'JA' stamped internally. Whoever the maker / makers, an interesting piece of concertina history! Please post more pics if you get them.
  2. I’d give him a quick call as I know he gets pretty busy. After following up an online order with a call a while back everything was good and the order came through soon after.
  3. Thanks Daniel, much appreciated. I’ve just managed to source one over the last couple of days. Will be making a donation to the site shortly Thanks to everyone who made contact, really appreciated as always Dave
  4. Thanks for getting in touch Ruger64, I’ve sent you a message Dave
  5. Hi again Just to avoid any confusion, I'm looking for a restoration project 'to purchase' Thanks again Dave
  6. Hi all I'm looking for my next repair project - this time its a 26, 28 or 30 key anglo full restoration project (condition not an issue) that I'm after, and would consider anything above the entry level Lachanel model. If you have anything you would consider parting with, please let me know. I'm based in Australia, but my parents are in the UK and would be happy to have a concertina sent there if shipping to Aus is an issue. If the hunt is successful, I would be happy to cover the donation to the site. Thanks for reading! Dave in Melbourne
  7. Hi Gerry I met you last year when you purchased a concertina case from me, and I remember you mentioning this Jones concertina - it’s David, from Highett. Looks like this is quite an early Jones Anglo, I’m lucky enough to own a 20 key Jones too (2815). Would love to see some more pics of your one (or whatever remains) if you’re able to post. A very interesting thread as always Stephen. Thanks all David
  8. A lovely concertina! My guess would be 1895 to 1900. I’ve just restored a 55 key duet which I’m learning now. Great fun! Enjoy yours! Dave
  9. Hi all Just wanted to let you know that I've managed to get a 55 key Lachenal Maccann duet restoration project - can't wait to get started!! Donation just made to concertina.net through the link Thanks so much to everyone that got in touch and for everyone that offered to help Really appreciated David
  10. Hi again Ideally I'm looking for a full restoration piece but I would consider one that just needed minor work only to get it running at its best. My preference would be 46 or 55 key but I would also consider a 39 key or something slightly bigger depending on what is out there. If shipping to Aus is an issue, my parents are based in the UK so shipping there instead would be be an option. If you're willing to consider parting with one, send me a message! David
  11. Here's some close up detail showing what was actually being registered. The first picture is 'as found' and show the connection has separated. The second picture shows it slotted back on with just a 'friction fit'.
  12. Hi all Thought you might be interested to see this. My parents volunteer at the National Archives at Kew and were able to access the Joseph Scates registered design (871). I would like to acknowledge and thank the National Archives for allowing me to reproduce the images here for this registered design. Here's a transcript of what it actually says: 1846 November 21 (the date of registration from the search) Useful Registered Design Number 871 Improved Lever Action with Cylindrical fulcrum for the Concertina, Accordion, Harmonium, Melephon, and Seraphine. Joseph Scates of 40 Frith Street, Soho Square Proprietor Description Fig 1 of the Drawings is an elevation of this improved lever and Fig 2 a plan of the same with its connections. Fig 3 Is a detached view of the lever in elevation and plan and Fig 4 Is a side and end view of the support or fulcrum for the lever also detached from its connections. The lever itself is made of a piece of wire bent into the shape represented at ‘a’ which forms the joint when put under the cylindrical neck ‘b’ of the fulcrum or support to which it is at all times kept in close contact by the action of the helical spring ‘c’. The parts ‘c’, ‘d’, and ‘e’ are common to instruments of this sort and no improvement in the configuration of these is claimed but what is registered as being new in respect of shape and configuration are the lever ‘a’ and the cylindrical fulcrum or support ‘b’. JC Robertson & Co Registration Agents 166 Fleet Street London
  13. Hi all I'm looking to buy either a 46 or 55 key Lachenal Maccann duet to restore. If you have one you are looking to part with, please send me a message. Thanks loads David
  14. Hi Robert These wooden baffles are common In the early concertinas - from what I’ve seen, later ones generally have cloth or even thin card baffles and in a lot of cases these have been removed. I’m sure others are more knowledgeable than me on this subject though!
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