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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. Dowright has an anglo attributed to 1883 with serial number 74693, so the anglo sequence doesn't fit....
  2. Maybe the value was in the provenance, owned by Douglas "Dougie" Gray (of whom I had never heard), but the other lots from his esoteric collection included a wrecked Double Bass which went for £11k on the hammer, bidders in Spain and the US driving the prices onwards and upwards. Dougie and his brother were comedians popular in the 60's said to have been, in part, inspiration for Monty Python...... https://www.sworder.co.uk/news/organised-chaos--items-from-the-estate-of-the-late-douglas-dougie-gray/?pc=3628
  3. From Dowright's previously published information, he has 51,799 dated as 1878 and 70,510 in 1882
  4. 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.
  5. Sorry, but the pictures don't seem to have uploaded....
  6. 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!
  7. 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
  8. Listen to Noel Hill's tune interpretations to hear the piping influences (from Willy Clancy and Seamus Ennis) in his playing
  9. 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
  10. Can you post any pictures of the reeds? And who is the maker?
  11. Pictures would be useful.....
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