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  1. Hi there - this is a German made anglo - the giveaway (amongst others) is where the missing button is you can see the wooden lever it would have been glued to - this instrument will be pretty hard to restore and not very satisfying when you have done so - it is likely to have harmonica style reed plates. You would be better saving your money until a better instrument comes along. The 20b lachenal that is/was on the Buy and Sell board here this week would be a much much better purchase.
  2. Oddly, hearing John Kirkpatrick play in F on a C/G over the summer ( a 40 button Crabb I think...) it sounded fuller, sweeter and more rounded than the same box in its home key of C. Undoubtedly the player had a lot to do with it, but John seemed to agree that F was a fabulous and very full key on the C/G
  3. Hi greg - there's some discussion of this in two other threads - Steve Gardham's "Wheatstone Special/Largest Anglo" thread and I tried to dig up more info on A.G. Duets but nobody really bit. (both in the concertina history folder) The two large ones - the a.g. Duet and a.g. Octo on this page are mine. http://www.horniman.info/DKNSARC/SD02/PAGES/D2P0500L.HTM
  4. I've started a new thread on Wheatstone made Jeffries Duets as I am pretty convinced that my G/D is a retuned one of them
  5. Having tinkered with my two "AG duet" anglos for a while now I'm settling on the earlier conclusion that these are in fact Jeffries System duet concertinas that have been converted to anglo setup. I've come to this conclusion, eventually, based on some hand scratched marks in the nickel plating on one end of my G/D these read FGCDF GBCEGG ABDFAB CDDE and right hand (incomplete, but looks like a match to me...) AGCD BC I also have an Fsharp/Fsharp drone on the end of one row on the left hand. I compared these to Nick Robertshaw's Jeffries Duet layout diagram. http://www.concertina.info/tina.faq/images/finger2.htm Whilst it is obvious that the original owner of my box hasn't marked sharps or flats the match is pretty convincing. This looks like good enough evidence for me that the G/D at least has been thoroughly retuned to its present format. I am curious as to how many Jeffries Duets Wheatstone made and if any survive. Any thoughts?
  6. has more buttons than he knows what to do with!

  7. Right - now I have a problem - I've assumed in the ledger that anything not labelled AG, Duet, or Anglo German must be an english concertina, but Alex's box doesn't have that info in there. Oh dear, now I need to start really looking at model numbers! Neither of my boxes have a model number - just batch - and most of these larger boxes seem to be "specials" of some description. Would love to see pictures of that box Alex and compare to my 46 key (pics on page one of this thread)
  8. cool - thanks Alex - it wasn't an exhaustive list, but when I have time... I guess one of the things that is interesting is these big things don't seem to be settled on one system - every new special seems to have a different number of buttons/model number.
  9. Hi all - in response to Steve's questions and my own curiosity I started looking through the Wheatstone ledgers to see how many of these things exist(ed). Now, the ledgers are nto very consistent in their labelling of things - I own 30995 and 30998 and both are distinctly the same system - three anglo rows and one duet row - but one is labelled AG Duet and the Other AG Octo - so I have included here a few of the unusually large anglos I spotted as well, like Steve's. I'd be interested if anyone has one of these and can pass on any more info, but here is half an hour's worth of trawling. If, as someone suggested, the AG duets were in fact Jeffries system duets, does anyone own a wheatstone Jeffires Duet to help confirm this supposition? Sadly steve - you're not unique And I think 31693 is currently leading the boxzilla stakes.I've included a bit of info - what the ledger refers to em as, how many keys and if I know who has it Be nice if anyone wants to or can add to this. 28474 -48 keys (AG) 28493 – 48 keys (AG special) (Tony – Doodle on c.net) 28898 – 50 keys 28929 - 50 keys 28930 – 61 keys (AG special) owned by Steve Gardham 30096 – 48 keys (AG Duet) 30740 – 68 keys (AG Duet) 30995 – 46 keys (AG Duet) owned by Gavin Davenport G/D 30998 – 50 keys (AG Octo – AG Duet system) owned by Gavin Davenport C/G 31282 – 72 keys (AG Octo) 31693 - 74 Keys (AG mag octo) 31850 – 70 keys (Anglo duet) 31902 – 54 keys (AG duet octo) 32087 – 64 keys (AG octo) 32286 – 56 keys (AG Duet, octo) 32557 – 53 keys (AG Duet all over metal)
  10. Hello Gav. I believe that the evolution of the umpah style on anglos and melodeons was at least partly dictated by the mechanical logic of the instrument. Playing a scale, or your average folk tune, on the simpler kinds of anglo requires frequent changes in bellows direction. The umpah style leaves crucially important gaps in the harmonic accompaniment, and it is into these gaps that the short bellows reversals often fit, so you don't find the chord changing involuntarily with nearly every beat. An anglo with more buttons, and hence more directional alternatives, allows you avoid many of the revesals, and hence use a different accompaniment style. The young melodeon players we were mentioning tend to play as much as possible cross-rowed for the same reason, hence the syncopated or sustained chord patterns they are able to achieve. Of course the umpah (vamping) style is used by pianists and other musicians who do not have bellows to worry about, and it does provide a very bouncy accompaniment for certain kinds of music (including English trad). But it does become limiting if that's all you ever do, and there's nothing to say you're a naff anglo player because you don't use it! Thanks Brian - I know what you mean - I struggled for years with chording on the melodeon in the home key until I found there was a definite pattern of kind of scale ascension that followed the reversals and I sort of chased that pattern round the bass end for G then found which direction it went in for A etc. I just can't play a steady bass end um-pah without murdering the tune on the treble end. I end up playing a mix of octaves and bass notes, but - a long way to go before a happy style evolves!
  11. Something that nobody has mentioned as far as I can see is the MECHANICAL logic of certain patterns on the anglo (as on the melodeon) - I am totally rubbish at the umpah style of playing - couldn't do it on the melodeon, struggle with alternating bass on guitar and now feel like I'm doomed sometimes to be naff on the anglo too - however - there seems to be a natural set of patterns that fall out of the system - obviously on your C row you have handy chords on adjacent buttons, and for me (on a G/D) in Bm I have convenient diads across the rows. I find myself walking through circuits of chords just like I do on guitar - the rightness of my arrangements is in part tied to the physical patterns, then I might start to worry about making them more musically correct. I've found my drone keys to be very helpful when jamming in sessions too!
  12. I now own two of these - a G/D and a C/G both from the same month in 1926. There is very little in common with the extra row layout between the two boxes, but certainly there is nothing that indicates a normal duet system either unless Jeffries duet systems layouts are far more random than I imagined. As far as playing style goes, the main thing I have noticed is the G/D facilitates harmonic playing in D and Bm and the key of A, but I am sure that there is more for me to get out of it. As far as numbers of these things go - hard to say - there's no way of searching the ledgers, so I'd be going through page by page. Mine are numbers 30995 and 30998. I'd be interested to know if there are more out there.
  13. gavdav

    L'Antre 4

    here's a slightly hesitant first go - still enjoying playing it and will add in the left hand when I do my next take this is a straight version of the melody so you can hear what is going on.lantre4.mp3
  14. gavdav

    L'Antre 4

    I just started learning this lovely waltz on my G/D and was surprised how comfortably it fits. (It's kinda in Bm but the accompaniment is pretty straight forward harmonies on the D row rather than full Bm chording. I have a few extra buttons on my box but think this should be pretty possible on standard G/D - the arpeggios are pretty satisfying I think I'm working on a recording - does anyone already play this tune on 'tina? (I've now added an mp3 version of the tune played on G/D anglo a couple of posts down)
  15. no, it really does leap like that - insane! I trust the Peterson pretty much more than my own ears I got the G/D from Paul Read having played it a couple of years ago and subsequently became enchanted by the possibililty for a singer of the extra drones - I have become addicted since and stopped playing my other boxes. When the opportunity to do a straight swap with my 30 key for the C/G from the same ledger page came up I went for it despite some weaknesses of the instrument - the C/G has suffered damp in its past and needs some restoration - new springs and a retune still to come. However, I'm into these instruments enough to believe A/G Duet in the ledgers doesn't mean "Jeffries Duet" but something else entirely - oddballs for sure but there's something pretty awesome about them all the same.
  16. Hi gav, I was puzzled, now I'm mystified : this seems not consistent with the layout you formerly posted ! (where I can read A,Bb,B,C on the left and G#,A,Bb,B,C,C# on the right). Or is it yet another instrument ??? And I'm still not sure about the octave. Is middle see C4 for you ? If so notes on the right hand must be in the range of the left hand G row ? I'd be happy to help you but please check again what you have... David previous layotu in the other thread is for the G/D which I'm used to now - this is a C/G and a totally different kettle of fish!! yes, middle C is C4 I think - will have to check - the notes I gave are the readout from my peterson strobe tuner...
  17. Bob Tedrow also makes "high" anglo handles which I found very comfortable compared to the traditional style. I tend to keep my straps a bit slacked and arch my hands/fingers.
  18. Ok - I have a box with a row of pretty unuseful duet keys (on an otherwise anglo) I am wondering if as I restore the rest of the box if these could be moved and retuned to form a sensible baritone or diatonic row. I need some input from people who have experience of how far reeds will move and some idea of how I can get a useful diatonic scale. This is a C/G so the scale I end up with needs to fit with easily chordable keys on the standard C/G 36 layout. The notes I have are: LH G2 Ab2 A2 Bb2 B2 RH Bb3 B3 A3 G3 Gsharp3 Csharp4 C4/B6 Ok - I know they are crazy, but it feels like it should be rejiggable into something useful...
  19. I cross the rows in G on my G/D all the time on the right hand and play in an English style, and cross sometimes in D but only because I have extra buttons. I really must get out more and steal some ideas from other players!!!
  20. I have just looked inside my concertinas and those numbers are stamped inside like Jeffries batch numbers - so I'm guessing something like a code to make sure parts all go together. Interestingly they're not in sequence, nor are parts interchangeable between identical models, unless these numbers mean something else. It is also interesting that they're inked inside the concertina with a stamp rather than written. Any thoughts?
  21. We could do with a new "boxzilla" thread for these things Someone mentioned there were "numerous" AG duets in the wheatsone ledgers, but I haven't seen very many - I guess they would all fall into this category. Steve - there is a link inside Neil's thread to his pics.
  22. and me too - I think G in this style on a C/G is a bit too squeaky, whereas D on a G/D is quite pleasant - the same as you'd hear the average english concertina playing in D. Bm is a dream as well, I need to learn more Bm tunes!!!
  23. Fantastic Mark - looks super, have put it in my diary and hope to get along. Who knows I might even get a sing with my folks
  24. I've had some success is finding hardwood veneers from Craft Supplies in Millers Dale - they sell packs for a few pounds with a selection in which I have found big enough for guitar headstock plates - they may be able to find you something if you're in the UK. It may need to be ebonised with an iron stain or something similar before french polishing. There's a place in Witney sells french polishing supplies appropriate to this job by mail order. (i.e. small volumes of black french polish!)
  25. Gav, Yes, model # to the right of the date. Anything within the field of the diagonal is a similarly appointed instrument. To find the model # descriptions consult the price lists that are found under particular concertina systems at concertina.com Greg Thanks Greg - what about the number after the descript. but before the serial?
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