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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. We currently use UPS for shipping both to the EU and the "Rest of the World". Prior to Jan 1st, VAT was payable on EU shipments, but not ROW. Their system has already changed so that VAT is not applied to EU shipments, so this shouldn't be a problem for you.
  2. Sorry, but the pictures don't seem to have uploaded....
  3. Thanks Dave. I wasn't thinking of fully sinking them in, maybe 2 - 3 mm, and the offset of the two reeds in each chamber would probably allow that in all but the really big reeds at the bottom end. The double action bass (baritone?) body that I have (the concertina, not me) had standard thickness reed pans (6.8mm). I just wondered whether there was any sonic advantage in sinking them in... Trial and error looks like the way forward!
  4. Having made my first baritone anglo, I managed to find all the lower reeds I needed from a Wheatstone MacCann Duet (which was well past restoration) except for the low C. I have a good collection of French made harmonium reeds and used one to complete the anglo. The lowest octave of both reed types are all surface mount. I'm now moving on to the bass anglo which will use a lot more brass harmonium reeds, and wondered why surface mount was used, rather than sinking them into the reed pan as with the conventional dovetail reeds? It's a lot easier to make the reedpans for surface moun
  5. Listen to Noel Hill's tune interpretations to hear the piping influences (from Willy Clancy and Seamus Ennis) in his playing
  6. Dowright has already published a date of 1889 for an anglo numbered 106,253 and 1890 for 109,790, in his thread in this forum. He would probably appreciate a better description of the instrument for his records
  7. Can you post any pictures of the reeds? And who is the maker?
  8. Pictures would be useful.....
  9. The price realised online is $750 plus their commission, so it was still a good price....
  10. Straight buttton rows and odd button layout..... Does it play as a conventional anglo?
  11. I've been making and fitting new wood and metal ends to concertinas for the last ten years, and have drawings for lots of different ends. This is part of my repairing business, so while I'm happy to undertake work, I'd be reluctant, for obvious reasons, to give away drawings/expertise......
  12. This is a set of solid metal buttons (48 buttons weigh 132g) that appear to have been turned on a lathe from a solid bar, possibly stainless steel. They are very well made and polished, and the cross button bushing holes have been properly flared to ease the fitting of the bushing and allow the button to move properly on the lever arm. They are all bushed and have the felt washer on the bottom and have not been used - they have come from a partially repaired Wheatstone instrument which I acquired, and I replaced these new
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