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  1. I am selling my 1900ish 36 key Anglo in the keys of G/D it's a nice box in superb playing condition, which bears all the hallmarks of a Crabb/Shakespeare/Jeffries style concertina in terms of construction but no makers marks at all  - Barleycorn suggested Shakespeare or Crabb. It has nickel silver ends, bone buttons, 6 fold modern bellows. All professionally overhauled and tuned with some rerouted levers, balanced action, all pads and valves sorted out in Nov 2017. Left hand G/G drone key makes this a nice singing box if these are your keys. It plays very well indeed with a nice tone, though the historic retune from whatever it originated in means it can't match a top end Jeffries for bite.

     

    I've priced this fairly keenly at 2500GBP but I'd be very interested in taking a mid size Maccann in exchange, and if you have something, please do drop me a line. The concertina also comes with a Hardigg storm case (Peli case) padded with foam, which looks cool and provides excellent protection.

     

    I'm based in Liverpool UK but can ship, or meet within reasonable distance. Listed elsewhere, but if sold here will make a donation to c.net

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  2. I have a late 1800s 36 key Crabb/Jeffries type with bone buttons which are worn to greater and lesser degrees. I'm competent to change the buttons myself, but is there anyone who can supply a full set of replacements? Pads and valves are done, springs next, then sorting the uneven buttons is the next job.

  3. In the midst of cash flow issues and a thorough conversion to the joys of the duet I am seriously thinking of selling my Connor G/D anglo (with left hand G drone Key).

     

    I've edited this after some discussion about the reeds - they look identical to the reeds in my wheatstone duet, but I am unsure whether they are modern tongues in old shoes hence the edit below. The reeds speak quickly and the concertina is very loud, perfectly suited to morris and english tune playing. The layout is also wheatstone/lachenal pattern in terms of placement of accidentals.

     

    It is a stunning box, the best playing Connor I have had the pleasure to play. It uses parallel jeffries style reed pans with traditional steel reeds in brass shoes. Added to this it has six fold bellows with jeffries style papers, new bellows, new action, ebony end frames, steel buttons and stainless steel endplates. Recently had new handles and leather straps too.

     

    £1900 for quick sale. Based near Exeter or Taunton - pictures available on request, but will try and post when I get back home. Will ship insured at cost.

  4. I used to own this. It has a long and interesting but very chequered history, it is a converted (wheatstone) Jeffries duet but simply isn't worth what he is asking for it and the photos are pretty kind in terms of actual condition. It would have had to have work done on it costing equal to or exceeding what I was paid for it to come close to justifying the asking prices I've seen on eBay.

  5. Reluctant sale of a very nice six sided 57 key duet dating back to 1915. 8 fold bellows in good condition. Previously owned by well known songwriter Keith Marsden (there's a couple of pics in the Picking Sooty Blackberries book).

     

    Lovely tone, typical of a good period metal ended wheatstone. Nice singing box. I've so far only learned to play it convincingly in F and am an anglo player at heart, but I'm a fan of the Maccann system - pretty straightforward and very rewarding!

     

    according to the ledgers this is

     

    May 12th 1915 number 26825 58 keys (57 plus air) Maccann duet

     

    I'm after offers around £1600, and happy to negotiate soemthing. Donation to c.net if sold on here.

     

    I'm based in North London, UK, where you're welcome to try the instrument. post-315-0-29160600-1372943535_thumb.jpg

  6. Does anyone know of or is able to recommend a person to carry out tuning work on an Anglo in London, UK? I'm aware of many great repairers and tuners aroudn the country, but I don't have much time to send the box off.

     

    Private message or thread reply is fine.

     

    Gav

  7. ...1926 G/D Wheatstone (linota period but I believe built as a Jeffries System duet!!!)

    Just how big are the ends? And what's the weight?

    And any chance of a complete button layout?

     

    OK - to answer those questions there's a post here somewhere with a layout. the weight is 1.71kg which whilst not lightweight is light enough for me to play stood up outdoors for brief periods but would probably wear those wrists in prolonged action. I usually put my foot up for playing live.

     

    As for why I think it was originally a Wheatstone Jeffries duet - a long story, but all the AG duets from the ledger to me seem to be Jeffries Systems - I used to own 30998 as well. There are some historic markings of note names on the nickel plate from the original owner which are scarcely visible now but also suggest this. All I know is it works superbly as it is and offers even further scope for those wishing to delve! Here's the ledger page.

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  8. It is a standard larger size - 7 inches across the flats - just measured it. It is marked as AG duet in the ledgers. I believe it is serial 30995. Here's an old keyboard chartpost-315-0-21706900-1352139329_thumb.jpg - just noticed i have the A/B on the g row the wrong way round - it is a conventional B/A button

  9. Treat yourself to an early Christmas present.

     

    With great reluctance I am offering for sale my 1926 G/D Wheatstone (linota period but I believe built as a Jeffries System duet!!!) Nickel ends, looks, feels and sounds wonderful. Sadly as I have a job in London in the new year I need to raise the money for rent and flat deposit, and I'm almost exclusively playing Maccann at the moment.

     

    This is one of the sweetest, warmest sounding boxes I have ever played, but is also pokey enough to cut through in a session or for morris. I bought it from Paul Read of this forum a few years back and it has been a faithful friend for live and recording work. The original worn handles were replaced by stylishly engineered modern equivalents made by Wally Carroll. Plays very comfortably in G/D and A as well as relative minors, but still has several unisonoric keys - a left hand G drone and an A drone which I find great for minor songs. Currently it functions as a 30+ key Wheatstone system anglo but offering tantalising options for extra notes wherever you need them.

     

    In concert pitch, well maintained over a number of years. 7 fold original and superb bellows. superb reeds, brass shoes. A few scuffs and bits of minor wear as you'd expect for a box of this age.

     

    Other drone keys could be converted to make a full anglo row in A for example.

     

    The concertina is of the larger size - the same as my 57 key duet. Still has its original case, for completeness sake, but this has seen better days.

     

    To get a concertina of this quality made would cost a significant amount from any modern maker and finding a vintage one would be a challenge. Insurance value is £8500, I paid £4500.

     

    I am looking for £4000 for a reasonably quick sale, and I would maybe consider other anglos or possibly a MacCann in part exchange.

     

    I am based in Yorkshire, UK

     

    donation to c.net if sold here, but will be listing elsewhere soon.

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