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  1. My box is no 26484, manufactured on June 30, 1914, It's a Tenor-Treble Aeola, 56 keys, model 19. It has a range of four octaves up from the C below middle C. 6-fold bellows; wrist straps; 7and a quarter inches across the flats, and a weight of 3lbs 13oz. Hope this helps. Tom
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    ...and how many teachers?

    Just retired after thirty years in both English teaching and administration in the two community colleges (one French, one English) in Sudbury, Ontario. I'm planning to play my EC more now. Tom Ryan
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    Clare Concertina Players, Siar an Botha

    Perhaps a lesser-known name, but a fine musician all the same , is Sean McMahon of Ennis, the young man wearing glasses who is seated next to Sonny Murray. I met Sean McMahon in Toronto in the early 80's when he came to Canada for Comhaltas to give a series of lessons, mainly in Western Canada. He is also a fine uilleann piper. Tom Ryan
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    32-key concertina arrived today

    I'm pretty busy with other things at the moment. I'm teaching one last course before retiring, so it may be a while before I get to the box. BTW, the C buttons on mine are (or were) red. It's just that wear has taken the red off the tops. Interesting set of posts here. Tom
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    32-key concertina arrived today

    Thanks, Neil Another Cnet member has suggested Nickolds in a pm. In another pm, a member has strongly suggested Rock Chidley. I hope to know more when I open the concertina. Tom
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    32-key concertina arrived today

    I stand corrected - a B below middle C it is. Thanks. Tom Isn't that a B below middle C on the right hand side making it two octaves plus two notes? Have you looked at the web page http://www.concertina.com/chambers/lachenal-production/index.htm. From the pictures on that page it doesn't look like a Lachenal, but a 32 button one is listed in their catalogue.
  7. The 32-key concertina arrived today. I hadn't realized it would be so small! I have attached some photos, showing each end, the label, the serial number, and the bellows. The range is from middle C up two octaves plus one note, thus ending on a D. As you can see, there is lots of cracking in the veneer. I can't tell anything about the tuning because there is one note which is sounding continuously, making it impossible to use a tuner. I tried very gently to open an end, but the old screws have very narrow slots, so only a jeweller's screwdriver will fit and it is not giving much torque. I certainly don't want to force anything. So at the moment I can't see if the interior will give me any clue as to the maker. Perhaps some of our concertina historians can deduce something from the pictures. Judging by the serial number, it doesn't appear to be a Wheatstone, since the Horniman ledgers show 1201 as a 48-key instrument. I would appreciate any advice about opening up the ends because I don't want to do any damage. Tom Ryan
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    Can anyone identify this one?

    Of course, he wouldn't be the first hack in Fleet Street, would he? Couldn't resist that one. Tom Ryan
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    Can anyone identify this one?

    My thanks to all who have replied to my question. I have bought the instrument and I am awaiting delivery. At that time I'll take more photos and post them. Jim, I did mention photos, but I had 'room' for only one. I'll get my son to show me how to post more (I suppose I'll need to re-size them). However, none of the pictures the seller sent showed the left side. Maybe I am in for a rude surprise! Tom
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    Can anyone identify this one?

    The concertina in the photos is for sale at an antique store about 300 miles from me (not a huge distance by Canadian standards). I have not seen it, but a friend told me about it and I had the store send me these pictures. The label says "R. Hack, 174 Fleet Street, London, England" I assume this is the dealer and not a manufacturer. I am thinking about buying this concertina, but I would like to know what make it is if at all possible, so I would appreciate any help folks on the forum could give me.n Hope the pictures show ok. I've not done this before. Cheers, Tom Ryan
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    Current makes of concertina

    I recently came across this link on the Chiff and Fipple Forum on Free Reed instruments. http://www.akkordeonwerkstatt.ch/ While they are obviously primarily accordeon makers, they do appear to make a concertina. I say "appear" because I can't read German, so it's my assumption that they make them rather than re-badge them or act as agents for someone else. Of course, I am open to correction. Apologies if they have been mentioned on this thread before. I looked and could not find them, but my eyes aren't as good as they used to be. Tom Ryan
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    Ego Boost :-)

    Gush away. Given your circumstances, I'd say more than your ego was boosted. It sounds wonderful. Good luck with the therapy. I had radiation therapy (for Hodgkins) and I am now in my twentieth year being cancer-free. I don't know you, but I'll be thinking about you and pulling for you. Cheers, Tom Ryan
  13. Add me , Tom Ryan, to the list. I play Irish traditional on a 56-key Aeola. I live in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada,where there is another EC player (both Aeola and 48-key Treble) who plays in a range of styles, sometimes joining my friends and me on our favourite Irish pieces. Tom
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    Irish airs on Anglo

    To my taste, a good example of Irish slow air playing on Anglo is "Cearchall Ban Mo Chroi" (I'm on a French keyboard and can't get the accents for the Irish) played by Gearoid O'hAllmhurain on the album Tracin' which he and Patrick Ourceau made. There is some bellows shake, but it's restrained and the air is beautiful. Tom Ryan
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    What have I done?

    Ryan If memory serves me well, Ted McGraw is an experienced anglo player who is a leading light in the Irish community in Rochester. He has a web site which you can google easily. This might be a good place to start. Tom Ryan
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