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Bill Crossland

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About Bill Crossland

  • 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. It is now liable for import duty from the UK to Europe.....
  2. I sourced a black woven felt called Melton ME313 from Hainsworth some years back, not sure it's still available. It's 1mm thick and coloured all the way through but works well as long as you are prepared to ream out the holes if required. It isn't as easy to work with as the scarlet felt, much more difficult to see what you are doing, for one thing.... https://www.hainsworth.co.uk/collections/melton/
  3. I managed to find a complete set of European made harmonium reeds, and for the projected bass Anglo the reed weight alone could be around 2kg.... I can reduce this by using conventional inset type reeds on the right end, but weight will still be an issue and single action for an Anglo isn't an option!
  4. Hi Joe These are still available from me, I have sent you a PM
  5. Geoff Crabb mentioned Bostock as one of their customers in a post around 12 years ago. Can't really see if the action pan and fretwork are two separate pieces, a la Jones, or single as Crabb. The end bolts don't look like Jones. Edit - the action and fret must be two pieces otherwise it might be a little difficult to access the action!
  6. The Free Reed website no longer works very well, but Neil still has a good supply of the concertina related CD’s to offer for sale. Perhaps foolishly, I offered to help….. The complete An Clar set of 6 CD’s is available either individually or as a set. These were field recordings in Ireland, predominantly County Clare, from the early 70’s, made by Neil and John Tams. Originally LP’s, the CD versions have many extra tracks and extensive notes covering the content. Details can be found here: https://www.free-reed.co.uk/ Alastair Anderson’s “Concertina Workshop” was originally released as an LP in 1974, re-released as a CD in 2008 The two original LP’s of Gordon Cutty (English) and Tommy Williams (MacCann Duet) are combined into one CD, “Masters of the Concertina”. All CD’s are £6 each, plus postage and all are new and cellophane wrapped! If you would like the Clare Set complete, the price is £30 for the six. Unfortunately the original cardboard box for the set is no longer available. Other Free Reed CD’s are available if required! I know this forum is not normally used for the sale of CD’s in this manner, but I checked with the “management” and obtained approval – and contributions to Cnet will be made on sales. Please pm me on this forum if you would like to buy any of these and we can sort postage costs and progress from there. As a guide, shipping the 6 CD set (tracked, signed and insured) to the USA is £25 and within the UK £10. I'm guessing that within the EU would be £18!
  7. Thanks, for all the research, perhaps the title should have been "Arietta - inspired by the Symphonetta"! Maybe the makers thought that a cheaper (presumption) and simpler instrument would appeal to a wider customer base?
  8. Each depresses slightly to open a valve and sound a note. Very difficult to hit one at a time, maybe the idea was to have a "presser" tool in the right hand.....
  9. I came across this instrument in Neil Wayne's concertina museum. Badged Arietta with a German patent number, it plays bass on the left hand bellows box, and the metal "crossbars" on the right can be used, with difficulty, to get a melody.... Has anyone any more information on these and their relative success as a playing instrument? I guess Stephen Chambers might!
  10. Wheatstone made a rather large MacCann Duet, here: http://www.concertinamuseum.com/CM00108.htm No dimensions given but I will check them next time I see Neil......
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