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  1. Thanks Geoff, so there's (seemingly) a big space-saving internally (compared with an Anglo) from not having a wind key, so 29 buttons on the right-hand side and 25 on the left = 54...
  2. 56-key treble English concertinas (though in a more regular 6 1/4" size) were commonly made.
  3. Those two features make it sound very much like an Italian, Bastari, English concertina, like this one: https://reverb.com/item/6881748-bastari-english-concertina
  4. I found it by Googling "C1080 concertina" - it's on the Concertina.com website: http://www.concertina.com/jeffries-duet/index.htm That's the kind of thing I was trying to describe to you Pikeyh, only you'll have to transcribe this one to Bb.
  5. Ah, and then there's this thread that you started in 2005 Wes:
  6. What a wonderfully informative sleeve Wes, a great find! There's more about Ross in this thread, from Geoff Crabb and myself:
  7. On a 38-key, or a 4-row, Jeffries the notes on the left-hand thumb key are usually F-press/C-draw, whilst that button normally provides a drone-C (press and draw) on a 30-key. But rather than doing away with drones, Cormac Begley has had me convert numerous buttons (on certain of his concertinas) into various drones. Indeed, he's even had Colin Dipper build him an amboyna-wood bass-baritone with five basses operated by thumb-switches on its ends.
  8. Another contender would have to be the Concordeon, made by Herbert Green: https://sites.google.com/site/peterbgreen/theconcordeon
  9. You should watch the out takes from the [Wheatstone] Concertina Factory newsreel, to see a professional having the same problems, starting at 9.56:
  10. B/D is commonly the original tuning of the last button on the left hand side inner row of antique concertinas, which may make more sense for the "harmonic" style of Anglo playing (though the G/D that's found there on 20-key German concertinas might make even more sense, echoing the C row, for that in a rudimentary form) - but I'd routinely convert the D to a low A for "melodic" style playing by Irish players. (Indeed, this is paralleled in tremolo-tuned harmonicas, where German instruments are tuned for vamping an accompaniment at the bottom end, whilst oriental ones are tuned for melody playing - and hence oriental ones are commonly the choice of Irish players.)
  11. Jeffries', and other makers, were always happy to oblige customers with small, or large, variations in fingerings, though you'd find them less, and less, these days after instruments have been restored and put into what we'd consider "standard" Jeffries fingering today - so I'd see no reason why they would not be prepared to make an Anglo in Lachenal/Wheatstone fingering. Whilst Lachenal's even manufactured a Special Anglo Model that fingered like a 39-key Jeffries... On the other hand, I've personally converted several Wheatstone concertinas to Jeffries fingering, and vice versa.
  12. I don't reveal my email address to people I don't know, but I put the information you are seeking into a PM ten days ago - only you haven't opened it yet.
  13. Your initial feeling would be correct, Old Philharmonic Pitch (A=452.4) is 48 cents (so very nearly 50 cents = half a semitone) sharp, which is indeed way off. The beat between the two pitches would be intolerable.
  14. I've not come across B. Peat, but here's my research on Henry Dean (i), and (ii): Henry Dean, father and son, concertina tuners, 1837-1952
  15. She's not so easy to spot in your small, dark, image of the Oldham Concertina Band on Coronation Day 1911, but the version of the same post card that's in my article Joseph Astley, Oldham Concertina Band and the MHJ Shield (possibly the "document" you mention?) clearly shows a young woman (at 10 o'clock to the big bass drum) wearing a large Edwardian hat and a full-length dress, and she's even more obvious (at bottom right) in the 1908 photo of the band with the Challenge Shield. I even commented (in footnote no.38) that "The very presence of a female band member in the two Oldham Band photos is in itself noteworthy for the era, and unique amongst the images of (non-Salvation Army) concertina bands that I have seen dating from before the First World War. However, that conflict saw women take on many roles that had previously only been filled by men, and there is evidence that in the early 1920s a few of them did play in some of the bands (the ones that I’m aware of being Premier, Ashton-under-Lyne, and Barton Hall)." Cecil Arthur Astley (1890-1959) is kneeling, to the right of the bass drum, in the 1911 photo. The "Astley's store" in the background (not altogether surprisingly) sold concertinas, and also bicycles.
  16. I think the answer is in footnote number 20 of my article Wes: "Joseph Astley’s younger son, Cecil Arthur Astley, born Oldham, 3Q 1890 ... later emigrated to Australia, where the family concertina connection seems to have been maintained as there is a mention, in ‘The Concertina’ section of World Accordion Review (8/4 [1953], 31), that ‘Rosa Loader has arrived safely in Australia and has already contacted the Astleys’."
  17. A 12a is a 64-key tenor-treble, a 22 is a 48-key treble.
  18. They look like they're probably Erinoid (casein plastic) buttons Theo, is that correct? It could be significant for somebody who might need them...
  19. It's gone now, but took more than long enough...
  20. The number of items listed has gone down, from 722 to 651, but eBay still has the Jeffries and Wheatstone concertinas listed - so I've also reported the Wheatstone, AND the Scandalli Super VI piano accordion that has a bid of €5,000 on it.
  21. And 720-more, assorted, expensive items - it should be an obvious scam, using a hacked account that has a feedback score (as a buyer only, not as a seller) of 15.
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