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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




    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. 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



  3. 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



  4. 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



  5. 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!



  6. 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




    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






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  7. Hi Folks


    Thought you might be interested to see this one. Originally I thought it was an early Wheatstone as it had a registered design plaque attached to one end dated November 21st 1846. However, after a bit more research (through the National Archives online searches), I found this registered design to be linked to Joseph Scates for 'Improved lever action with cylindrical fulcrum for the concertina, accordion, harmonium, melaphon (melephone) and seraphine' (Useful Registered Design Number 871, November 21st 1846). The instrument itself is of quite basic design and finish with single action only - I've never seen anything quite like it before!


    I'm thinking it could perhaps have been put together purely to demonstrate the 'design improvements' above dating from around 1846, but interested to know your thoughts too?


    It was purchased through a UK charity shop on ebay, so unfortuntaly no history is known. Someone has also tried to open it up in the past (misaligning the ends when they reassembled) with the loss of some parts that will need to be sensitively re-crafted.


    Thanks for looking!











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  8. Hi all


    Thought I'd post pics of these two for any one that's interested as both have appeared on the site in their unrestored state, and they are now almost finished.


    Haven't managed to do as much repair work as I would like in the last year (as we have a new baby and have relocated from the UK to Australia), but I'm sure that will change over time...


    This site has been a huge help (and inspiration) over the last few years!



    Dave Helmore



  9. Hi All


    Greg kindly pointed me in the right direction in terms of the type of wood used to make reedpans (English Sycamore). I'm still learning my woodworking skills and am keen to find out what tools would historically have been used to cut the slots in the wood for 'traditional' reedframes to sit. Also, if making a reedpan today would the same tools be used or would the preference be for modern power tools instead?


    I'm looking to have a go at making some, so if anyone can point me in the right direction that would be great!





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