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David Helmore

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  1. 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! Thanks Dave
  2. Thanks everyone for the tips as always - much appreciated! David
  3. Hi all I seem to remember reading on here somewhere that the wood used to make the reedpans was 'pear wood'. Is this right? Thanks for your help as always Dave
  4. Thanks everyone for all the info as always! Tom - look forward to seeing some more pics of yours when you manage to get inside All the best Dave
  5. Hi again Thanks for all the info! Here's some more pics for anyone that's interested.... Here's a few more observations: 1. The ends of the reeds are square. Having read through Neil Wayne's article on Wheatstone, he mentions that Wheatstone stopped using square ended reeds in the late 1840's. Would this have been the same for other makers as well (or is this another unknown)? 2. The stamps on the right hand side under the action board and in the bellows frame (R & serial number) are all 'back to front' - not sure why this would be... 3. The 'C' keys on mine are coloured, on Tom's they look white - although the fretwork is the same, the woods are obviously also different (although I expect there will be more differences once we can see inside!) 4. The boxes on both instruments seem similar (and are slightly smaller than the more conventional size as the instrument is 15cm across the flat sides) 5. Any ideas what the 'W' could represent? - are there any letters like this on your one Tom? Chris - I've never heard of SC Taylor.. Is there any info anywhere online that anyone can direct me to? Appreciate there are probably no definitive answers, but thanks for any input anyway! Dave
  6. Hi All THis is the one that seems quite similar to Tom's that finished on ebay a couple of weeks back. Pics attached - would be interested to hear your views on who you think made it. Serial number 990 and has a 'W' mark on one end.... Thanks! Dave Helmore
  7. Hi If you have been following this post then check out the other one Tom has started under concertina history. I'm listing details of the concertina that Theo made reference to above that was on ebay that has very similar fretwork to Tom's one here Dave Helmore
  8. Hi All Very similar to one I picked up last year which I will be restoring shortly... George Jones S/N 12057 with the broad steel reeds. Was thinking mine was 1875 - 80, and perhaps a more 'budget' version of the ones you see with similar (but slightly more ornate) fretwork Dave
  9. Hi Randy

    Hope things are going well!

    I've recently purchased a whole batch of concertinas pieces - anything from a single reed pan to virtually complete instruments. In total there are 14 instruments represented (mainly Lachenal). If you would like the serial numbers for your research please email me at david.helmore@yahoo.com and I will forward on the spreadsheet...

  10. Hi All! I've been fixing up concertinas for a few years now. When I get an instrument that needs at least one new 'gusset' on the bellows, I always remove all the bellows papers and replace with new ones. The downside of this is that it seems to take forever to remove the old papers totally and the water can 'compromise' the old bellows. Several of the instruments I have been restoring have had up to 3 layers of bellows papers attached! This has made me think that perhaps in future I should just replace faulty gussets and repaper the bellows over existing papers to provide a consistant match (rather than trying to remove everything). Also, If the damage to a gusset was not that severe would you try to repair from the inside? What do you all do?! Many thanks in advance as always! Dave Helmore
  11. Thanks for all the info folks! In summary, within the Wheatstone price range of the time this was a mid price instrument (at best) - but if 7 pounds then was equivalent to 3000 pounds now it would clearly be out of reach of a lot of people (If I splashed out 3000 pounds on a concertina I would be in SERIOUS trouble with my wife...) It's nowhere near playing how an instrument of that value should play (or even playing at all..), but I'm looking forward to seeing the end results after I've spent some time working on it! Dave
  12. Thanks Allan - that's very helpful. That's the Joseph Lowe I found - along with the book: A New Most Excellent Dancing Master : Joseph Lowe (Hardcover, 1992) ISBN 0945193300. I was hoping it could be him but looking more closely I think it more likely to be John/Johnathan. I think Joseph's father John would have died by 1855 (but haven't had the chance to properly check this out as yet..) Initially I thought £7 was a lot, but having read through your article on concertina.com there were many that were considerably more! Will check out the publication you mention - and look forward to getting this one back in playing order! Dave
  13. Hi All Have just aquired a Wheatstone number 6329. I've checked this against the online records and it looks like it was originally purchased by (what looks like to be) John or James Lowe in 1855. I've found quite a bit on the web for a fiddle player called Joseph Lowe (who's father was John) but at the moment I'm not convinced I've found any connection. Before I start trawling through the 1851 census records for a very wealthy man (7 pounds seems to have been quite a lot in those days!), does this name ring any bells with anyone who has researched these records more extensively than I have?! Thanks as always Dave
  14. Hi All! Have just finished refurbishing some old bellows and these ones need a new chamois leather seal. I picked some up a while back and fitted it, but it just seems too thin even after packing out underneath. Can anyone recommend a good supplier (ideally in the UK) or even sell me some? All the best Dave
  15. Thanks Jon - much appreciated Hope you get it up and running again soon Dave
  16. Hi Jon I think my 30 key Jones has the same layout as yours - left side button 1 on accidental row is G# push and F pull, and low button on G row is B push and D pull. Would be intereted to find out out the layout of your right hand side accidental row. Mine is: Push: C#, G#, C#, A, C Pull: Eb, G, Bb, F, Eb I'm on hols at the mo, so I"m hoping i"ve got those high ones right! Dave
  17. Hi Wendy Papers can be removed with warm water - they can tear quite easily though! You can buy a new set of bellows papers from Dave Leese (that might be your best bet). Dave also sells the strips of leather which go round the edges of all the bellows - if you use this, you shouldn't need to remove the papers (i only remove them when the bellows damage is more serious). Also, don't forget to pick up a copy of the 'concertina repair manual' (which you can also pick up from Dave Leese) - essential reading!!!! Good Luck Dave
  18. Looks like i've just missed it! Will re consult my Mum's old maps at the weekend - should hopefully make it back to Commercial Road before long! I think the biggest surprise for me was how close the 3 locations are to each other - a maximum 10 minute walk! What would be really good is if London recognised some of these and other concertina producer locations under their 'blue plaque' scheme. Maybe that's one for the future... I also made it to the Horniman museum for the first time a couple of weeks back and the concertina display was fantastic! All the best Dave
  19. A few weeks back I had a meeting at the end of Commercial Road in London, so finally had the chance to check out the area where George Jones was born and where he worked for a large part of his life. So, I picked up a copy of Frank Butler's article 'The story of George Jones' and borrowed a couple of Victorian maps of the area and began the tour.... First stop was Spencer Street where George was born on Feb 29 1832. Spencer Street was one of a grid of 4 streets - Tarling Street, Sheridan Street, Spencer Street and Martha Street. Both Tarling Street and Martha Street still exist and enclose a housing estate. However, within this development there was a Spencer Way which looks like it is on the site of where Spencer Street once was. Next stop was to find 3 Crombie's Row - this was the site of the shop ruined by fire in 1861. In the article it mentions that it was at the junction of Jubilee Street and Commercial Road. To me it wasn't clear which side - although there was a Victorian pub on one side of this junction called 'The George'. I wonder of this was built where that shop once was - it would be lovely to think the pub was named after him!! Final stop was that of 2 Lucus Place/350 Commercial Road at the junction of Commercial Road & Lukin Street. I have seen a pic of a school on this site - now it's going through redevelopment yet again. As with a lot of London so much has changed but there are lots of things that remain. I wonder what George would think if he walked down Commercial Road today? Dave
  20. Lovely! I've got in my notes that the highest Jones serial number recorded by Wes is 27877. Mine is 26910 so from another thread I think we thought it was from around 1900, so I guess yours could be mid 1890's? I bet it's going to sound great! Dave
  21. Hi Jon Nice concertina! I was watching this one too! I do have a 30 and 20 key Jones (pics of both are on this site), but can email if you'd like more details. As and when you have a look inside I would be interested to know the serial number. All the best Dave
  22. That's interesting! So it looks like this was made between 1864 and 1866, and Jonathan Moore sold the instrument from new in his shop. Thanks Stephen! Dave
  23. Thanks again Stephen! The label is so hard to read - looking again it is a J Moore. But it is 40 Buxton Road rather than 18, so must be sometime after the 1866 listing.. Dave
  24. Whilst fixing up the bellows and removing the bellows papers (it had papers stuck on papers), on the original under papers there was a dealer sticker attached. Does anyone know anything of: T. Moore, Buxton Road, Huddersfield? If anyone can help with a date they were operating I would be very interested! Thanks Dave
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