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  1. This looks a bit unusual. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/CONCERTINA-48-KEY-ENGLISH-/200757631122?pt=UK_MusicalInstr_Keyboard_RL&hash=item2ebe165892
  2. Appearing with what I think is another Wheatstone here.
  3. This might help,regards David. http://www.concertina.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=12836 http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Wheatstone-Aeola-Anglo-Concertina-/260786760186?pt=UK_MusicalInstr_Keyboard_RL&hash=item3cb81a29fa
  4. First time i've heard the term applied to a concertina, but it is often used to describe furniture that was designed to travel with military officers when on campaign, to furnish their marquee tents with. Typically these items were robustly made, often bound with metal braces and corners, and were compact and sometimes foldable. You often see chests, writing desks, tea caddiesetc. built and described this way. We used to call stuff like this "Navy Portable", meaning it could be moved by 4 strong swabbies! Yes it not a term normally used with concertinas but it seemed appropriate.Here is a 2'6" wide teak "campaign" chest I have in the workshop at present.David.
  5. This looks nice and seems too have a certain robustness about it.The auction house,H&H Carlisle says "A late 19th Century concertina by George Case for Boosey & Co, of hexagonal section in fretted burr walnut with German silver mounts, 48 buttons, gilt-tooled green leather bellows with applied printed paper panels, in original conforming case, 16cm diameter .David.
  6. DDF

    maybe worth a look

    Huh? Assuming the same pitch standard, B is equally far from Bb and C. If a different pitch standard puts it closer to one than the other, the total distance between Bb and C is still only one full step, not 1½ steps. I suspect you meant that relative to an A440 standard, it was somewhat less than a half step to Bb and somewhat more than a half step to C. But each of those two fractions would still be less than one, and they would have to add to one. The concertina in question was 50 cents flat of standard B/F#(a quarter step low). So it required carefully lowing the pitch 50 cents to Bb/F standard. To take the pitch to C/G standard would have required bringing the reeds up 150 cents (3/4 of a step). Bb/F is a wonderful range for concertinas. Greg Mine is around 20cents sharp of B/F# so I guess it wouldn't be a huge jump.I agree "Bb/F is a wonderful range" and I am very fortunate to own one in this tuning which I have left in the original pitch and tuning.David.
  7. DDF

    maybe worth a look

    Yes Jim it is unequal and gives some nice sounds.The problem is a few of the reeds had some minor surface rust near their tips and once cleaned it has (to my ear)left some too far out of tune.it also needs a couple of reeds resetting so although not a huge job it will need a very sympathetic tuner.This is the only reason I was even considering the possibility of a retune and pushing it up to C/G.But funds dictate it will happen no time soon,if ever.David.
  8. DDF

    maybe worth a look

    Hi Greg,That is a nice looking concertina.I have a similar early jeffries(30 key)which is B/F#,old pitch the reeds like yours are stamped and original.I have toyed with the idea of having it retuned.But I was thinking of going up to C/G is there any particular reason you went down? Mine does needs some tuning as it has a few notes which have drifted a bit to far and grate rather.So far I haven't been able to bring myself to interfere with its originality.It does have a particular trumpety sound to it which I like and would not like to lose. David.
  9. Maybe worth checking out if your in the locale. http://www.staceyauction.com/lotdetails.aspx?lot=30993
  10. Thanks for another great selection.Interesting use of the air button by Ella Mae O'Dwyer.I guess if you cant use your thumb or are unable to reach with it,this is the way to go,sounds good to.David.
  11. Ive got some left handed euros I could let you have for it.David
  12. I was just having a look around to see if there were any recordings of one of my all time favourite tv series.It seems most have disappeared but but somebody has put a recording of one edition in three parts on youtube.The second part may be of interest to concertina spotters.Sorry if this has been shown before.David.
  13. Thats funny as there has just been a discussion about the look of ivory and metal buttons.Here you seem to have the best or worst of both on the same instrument.
  14. Not a great picture but it does show the different look of two early Jeffries one with ivory buttons the other with thin solid nickel ones,David.
  15. Judging by the buttons, and the spacing of the end screws, I'd reckon it was a German-made "imitation Anglo." Yes now I look at the jaunty angle of those buttons I think your right.You think they would imitate a slightly more attractive fret design than that particular one. I noticed the sale last night and thought it might be useful to someone,but probably not quite as appealing now.David.
  16. This concertina is up for sale march 5th at Bentleys in Kent. Judging by the ends it appears to be a Nickolds it has rather unusual spacing on the end bolts.If it goes for the £100 mid estimate it probably would make an interesting project.
  17. Hi Paul,If you don't mind steel or brass you could try this company. http://www.screwsline.co.uk/brass_wood_screws_csk.php
  18. I think that might be the other way round,Jamie on concertina.Here they are in another rather dark offering,very talented bunch.
  19. Not sure if it helps but my Nickolds has that type of mahogany action board and the reed clamps are square and open ended like yours.However it does not have a riveted post but has a hook like a staple with one side open.David.
  20. Hi David, As I look out on a sky which is 100% grey, I realise that we were lucky with yesterday's weather. There were a few tiny clouds, but I noticed the one occasion on which the sun hid for a couple of minutes. Some people seemed to think that it was warm enough to venture into the sea! "Teasing the cat". Looks like Sturminster Newton is a regular fixture: http://www.teasingthecat.org.uk/ Regards, Peter. Thats a shame it is still lovely and sunny here.I did notice on the wind chart this morning that the isle of purbeck was quite windy this morning,or maybe you've moved on. We are just putting in some winter onions then its off in the sun on the treaders again.Regards from sunny north dorset,David.
  21. Hi peter,Glad to here you were enjoying sunny Dorset yesterday.I also spotted a concertina yesterday.I cycled with my wife into the Sturminster Newton festival of cheese and whilst strolling around noticed the back ground music had changed from trad jazz to something more intriguing.This turned out to be a local group called "Teasing the cat".Sun,abottle of locally pressed apple juice and a blue vinney ploughmens all the ingredients for a lovely afternoon.Regards David.
  22. If you have the money and the desire these look nice.http://www.bonhams.com/cgi-bin/public.sh/pubweb/publicSite.r For sale on the 7th october,Regards David.
  23. I was not trying to confuse the issue I just felt Kerry was being a little dismissive of a wood I considered a bit special.Myself and a lot of others would rightly or wrongly describe this veneer as partridge wood.I haven't looked at such things as dates but could it be possible this was made for her as a first instrument when she was a youngster and as she progressed so did the quality of her concertinas? Good job it wasn't made of Harewood,Dogwood or Birdseye.Regards David.
  24. That's interesting, I've only heard of partridge wood once before and that was from a man who was the last of a long line of wooden flute makers - he reckoned it was what a lot of the cheaper antique flutes are made of, that people think are cocuswood (and he should know - since his family made many of them!), but they don't look anything like these ends. They'd remind me more of the lacewood veneer you used to get in railway carriages in Britain... Hi Stephen, you may be right I am only going from memory.Whenever I had an item in "partridge wood" it was of better than than normal quality.Items such as tea caddies and fitted boxes,nearly always dating from between 1800-1900.I have only ever seen it used in veneer which could be either scarcity or more likely as with most heavily figured woods,instability. I think lacewood is from the plane tree and is usually quite pale with less elongated (squarer)whitish markings.Regards David.
  25. Looks like partridge wood and silver a desirable set of materials in the 19th century and would be fitting for someone a bit special.Regards David.
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