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Bill Crossland

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  1. From Dowright's previously quoted figures, this would date to around 1877
  2. Great music, beautifully delivered.... Thanks Hugh
  3. From Dowrights information in this thread, this Lachenal (not Wheatstone!) dates from around 1870 - 1875. Sometimes the first digit of the number is hidden behind the fretwork, so it could be 142759, which would be 1890's. You would need to have a better look at the number, which will also be stamped inside, to confirm.
  4. Frequently Ab/Eb and old pitch. Quality good on those I've seen and worked on
  5. Dowright has an anglo attributed to 1883 with serial number 74693, so the anglo sequence doesn't fit....
  6. 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
  7. From Dowright's previously published information, he has 51,799 dated as 1878 and 70,510 in 1882
  8. 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.
  9. Sorry, but the pictures don't seem to have uploaded....
  10. 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!
  11. 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 mount, that's for sure! The Alexandre reed frames I have are up to 5mm thick in the lower octave, and I have some bass Esteve reeds in 7mm frames. Surface mounting takes up a considerable volume of the air available in the chambers, sinking them into the reed pan would give more air in the same size chamber...... Would it improve the sound transmission as well? American made harmonium reeds tend to be very much thinner frames, comparable to standard treble concertina reeds, around 2mm deep. Howard's picture in this thread shows what appear to be European made reeds in a nice thin frame too..... Did frame size and weight add to the performance of the note? I assume, and am open to correction, that French made harmonium reeds were easily available and for the relatively low volumes of such reeds required, the London based concertina makers would find it easier to buy them in to use, rather than tool up to make them? I'd welcome any thoughts before finalising a design!
  12. Listen to Noel Hill's tune interpretations to hear the piping influences (from Willy Clancy and Seamus Ennis) in his playing
  13. 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
  14. Can you post any pictures of the reeds? And who is the maker?
  15. Pictures would be useful.....
  16. The price realised online is $750 plus their commission, so it was still a good price....
  17. Straight buttton rows and odd button layout..... Does it play as a conventional anglo?
  18. 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......
  19. 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 buttons with some genuine Wheatstone wooden centred metal buttons, Exact dimensions are shown on the pdf, but they are approximately 5mm diameter with a 2mm diameter guide pin on the bottom. They are 24mm total length, of which the pin length is 5.5mm. The lever hole is 2.85mm diameter. They have a slight dome on the top and would make an excellent replacement set for an English concertina or an upgrade for a bone buttoned instrument. I will include some extra felt washers and bushing felt for the cross bushings. Price £48 plus postage depending on where you are! Concertina button.pdf
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