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  1. Hi, I own a 48 key Lachenal for which I would love to have a manufacturing date. It's English, 48 key, ME flat metal ends, steel reeds, MB metal buttons, 5 fold bellows which appear to be original. The number 24122 stamped into the wood frame on both the left and right side, as well as on the reed pan . The badge is missing. Thanks! Ed
  2. Thanks for the offer! I need to wait till after my friend returns from the Fleadh in Ireland as I promised her first look. She already has a nice concertina, and being a starving student probably doesn't have the fundage to purchase a second box. I'll update here as soon as I find out what she thinks. ed
  3. Thanks, I"ll post some more pictures soon. Ed
  4. I have to concertina mentioned in the photo in hand. It's owned by Lloyd LePlant from Minnesota. It's a renowned mandolin maker in his 90's now, and one of the nicest people you would ever meet. His mandolins are famous. I'm trying to help him out because my brother went up to see him, purchased a mandolin from Lloyd, and introduced him to me because I new more than he did about concertinas. He purchased this some time ago, knowing nothing about it. As mentioned before, I play English, not Anglo. He had it restored in 1999 and then never touched it, because everyone up north plays Chemnitzer concertinas and he didn't really know much about them. I can't yet get a read on the tuning, as one of the pins that holds a lever popped out of the wooden hole so that one stays on all the time. That makes it difficult for me to hear any other notes. It appears someone as at least once tried to re-glue that, but I"m hesitant to try since I don't actually own it. update: I was able to get it working and it appears to be close to a normal Wheatstone C/G, with only a few odd notes. The Linota reeds appear to be steel and sound is pretty loud. The buttons are not rivited to the arms, but the felt and pads are all like new. Lloyd is just interested in finding someone who will play it, to get a fair price, and to be fair to whoever gets it. I cannot say enough about the man, he's a fine gentleman, and I told him I would put the word out on the concertina streets and let him know what I find out. His wife just died last week, and he lost a brother, a son, and cousin in November, and with all that, will talk your ear off about music and anything else. He was so excited when I told him that Bill Crossland found the ledger sheet for it. I would be interested if anyone could help me figure out how to value this, even in a ballpark sense. He's coy about what he paid for it, but he put $800 into the restoration, which seems about right considering how much was done. I went out on a limb and told him that I was pretty sure I could get him what he has in it, and maybe more, but I just don't know.
  5. Yeah, I've never been able to get the session moved off of Tuesday. It's too bad, I'd like to get to the Ace now and then as well. Let me know when you're in town next, I'll see if I can skip down there, I'd like to see those folks as well. If I happen to acquire this concertina I'll let you take it for a drive. ed BTW, I'd make fun of your attempt to learn the pipes, but then you'd just make fun of me attempting to learn the B/C box 🙂
  6. Bill, Thanks for the image of the ledger page. That's amazing! Ed
  7. Hi Ken! I'm doing well, how about you? I"m still playing English. Still in Indiana. I found and had restored a Lachenal that appears to be dated 1860's and it's now in great shape. Really enjoying it. My brother actually located this Anglo and not knowing anything, asked me. I have to wait to see what my tax situation is and start major buttering up of my 'financial advisor', but I just think this might be a gem that should be the hands of someone who could actually play it. I've tried to learn to play anglo, but between the English concertina and my B/C accordion, my spare brain cells are pretty well occupied. What's up with you? Ed
  8. Hi All, I may have an opportunity to purchase this concertina, but I'm an English concertina player so I don't really know my way around Anglos. I assume it's a Linota because it's stamped on the palm rests. SN appears to date it to the early 1920's. I have not had it in my hands and this is the only photo I could get. It was restored not too many years ago by the Button Box. The person selling it does not play at all, so I can't really ask them too many questions. But from this picture, can anyone guess how many buttons total are on it? Are there the same number on both sides (except for the air valve?) Is there anything short of getting it in my hands that might give me a clue about what key(s) this plays? What's the risk that it might not be in standard tuning? Asking because I may purchase it sight unseen and am trying to gauge risk. thanks for any clues you might have. ed
  9. Hi, After much thought, I've decided to sell my Morse Albion. I have played this almost daily for nearly 10 years, so it's as close to my 'daily driver' car as a concertina can get. It's in great shape, I can't say enough about it. You will not be disappointed. Asking $2,100 obo. Pictures here Ed Delaney delaney.ed@gmail.com Indiana, USA
  10. Thanks guys, I'll check with Grey and see if he's got leads. Cheers ed
  11. I play with the Indianapolis Ceili Band, and once again we're heading to the Midwest Fleadh to compete in the senior ceili band competition. In years past I've alternately taken my Irish B/C accordion or my Morse English concertina. I've found that the tunes we're playing are just too difficult and fast for me on the accordion. Since the concertina is my native instrument, I've decided to take it this year. (So far no one has noticed or cared that it's not an Anglo :-) I can play it at speed much more comfortably. However, a ceili band needs to be loud, and the concertina is just not loud enough to hold it's own over the drums, piano, fiddles, flutes and banjo.They also would frown on me bringing a portable amplifier :-) In the past I've had a late model Wheatstone and an older Lachenal, both of which sounded really good, but were not as loud as the Morse. That's part of the reason I got the Morse. Does anyone have a good quality English concertina you consider to be particularly voiciferous that you would loan/rent to me? The competition is in Mid May. I'll pay shipping/insurance/rent, even let you keep my Morse as hostage. It needs to be accurately in tune and in performance condition. I know it's a long shot, but if there is anyone out there that might entertain the idea, I'd much appreciate it. I'll even give you a cut of the winnings if we come home victorious, which would mean you could possibly get a check from me in the sum of, oh $0 or so.... thanks! Ed
  12. A group of local musicians here in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA are starting to organize a festival for later in 2015. If you or anyone you know is in the area and interested in helping organize, perform, teach or participate in any other way, I would love to make contact with you. You can follow us at on the facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/accordionindy/ or email directly at delaney<dot>ed<at>gmail.com Share and Enjoy!
  13. Sorry I've been away from the forum so long, but I'm really glad folks were happy to see Boris' music that I posted. Listening to the recording by RatFace made me think: I can neither read this music easily nor play it easily. In fact it's torture for me, because I really need to hear first. So, would there be any interest out there amongst all y'all who can play, of making recordings of you playing one or more of these? I could only offer to collate, perhaps edit, and distribute by some means, the final collection. I think I'm better on the computer end of things than on the squeezing end. Randy Stein, what do you think? Since you studied with him way back, would you have any thoughts? Has this been done already by someone? Ed
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