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Bill Crossland

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About Bill Crossland

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    Chatty concertinist
  • Birthday 03/04/1951

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    Repairing and restoring concertinas of all types, playing anglo.
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    Holmfirth, Yorkshire

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  1. The treble side if the Anglo I made was preety good, but the bigger reeds on the left hand were reluctant to speak quickly. Having said that, putting traditional Lachenal concertina reeds in didn't massively improve the left hand, so that may be a problem with my construction, rather than the reeds themselves. More professional makers get a far better result - Ralf Schlimm's Seven Mount boxes are pretty good.
  2. Dix supplied the attached drawings of the various reed sizes when I bought some from them about 18 months ago, and were very helpful with any queries. This was when the reeds were single rivetted, rather than clamped, so it may not be the definitive version. Contact them through their website for more information. DIX CONCERTINA Reed sizes.pdf
  3. The seller would have received around £2400 after the auction took their bite, it would be far better to sell on Cnet!
  4. https://horniman.ac.uk/collections/browse-our-collections/keyword/concertina
  5. You can also scan it life-size and import it into your CAD drawing programme
  6. Thanks Mitch - I will still need to sort out the bass register, but I certainly have the basis of a big, mellow baritone!
  7. It's a 30 key Wheatstone anglo from around 1914, he has three similar ones
  8. Thanks Dave - they might be interesting in a bass anglo. I had the opportunity to look inside one of Neil Waynes Wheatstone badged Harmoniums - a photo of the reed array below. It proved to be continental in origin - he has others badged by George Jones and Rock Chidley, which are also continental.
  9. A little while ago I acquired a large 40 key English concertina, which apperared to have been originally pitched somewhere between bass and baritone. A previous owner had started some dastardly modifications to the reedpan which rendered it unlikely to ever be reinstated in its original form. In the fullness of time I intend to make new ends and reedpan in anglo format. In all there were 80 reeds, some in the reedpan, others separately bagged. In the upper register, they are all conventional concertina style reeds to fit into dovetailed slots. The rest of them are surface mount. Some of these appear to be standard larger surface mount concertina reeds, steel tongues and conventionally stamped as you would expect to find in a traditionally made bass/baritone instrument. Others are brass reeded with stamping that suggests they are probably taken from an old harmonium - some have continental stampings on to indicate the notes. They are quite a size but I will probably have enough space to accomodate them - they sound quite good on a tuning rig. Picture attached showing both brass and steel reeded versions, the two on the left I would suggest are made by an English concertina maker. 1. Does anyone out there have any experience of using harmonium reeds in a conventional concertina? What are the drawbacks? 2. I'm short of a good few bass reeds in the lowest register, two octaves below middle C - anyone out there have any available?
  10. £2600 - it was a 30% commission. Could have been a duet.... There are 44 key duet layouts out there, this was a 44 key plus a drone
  11. The brass plate around the valve is for protection and cosmetics!
  12. Hi Seth - As Alec says, I had some of these reed holders laser cut and made the tuning bellows. I can supply the brass parts,big that is all you need. - I will pm you Bill
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