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  1. You have just made my day with that bit of information - Many Thanks !
  2. That's the one, many thanks Leo. Is there a link hiding somewhere on the site ? regards, Rob
  3. Could some kind person give me a 'idiots guide' as to how to change the email address I have registered here, as I have changed ISP. Secondly , the sound files, how do you get into them? - I can't find a link anwhere on the home page. If I find them (easily done) via a web search, I am immediately directed to the log-in page, and having logged in I am on the home page and thus back to square one. No doubt the answers are very simple and I have missed something obvious ! Many Thanks, Rob
  4. Big ships like the square riggers tend to be pretty dry, it's the smaller craft that tend to get damp below. If you are worried for your instruments welfare I'd recommend that you go online and look up waterproof 'stuff sacks' available from yacht chandlers. These are waterproof (obviously) and have a really good seal. you should find one to fit over your fiddle case, and a smaller one for the 'tina. Have a great time, I'm sooooooo jealous ! rob
  5. I got it too, 2 copies, fortunately I smelt a rat and deleted them on the basis that if I genuinely had a PM I could pick it up via the website. Very many thanks to Paul for dealing with the problem quickly. Regards to all, Rob.
  6. Just a thought..... The gulf between you with your 20 button and someone with a vintage Jeffries is much smaller than that between you and a non-concertinist.
  7. I presume we can discard the largely discredited theories of O'Brien et al, in which case TURNHAM GREEN is a wholly appropriate response.
  8. Slight variation on the classic Wainwright defence - KENTISH TOWN
  9. feedback of 2 a bit worrying though
  10. Rights of Man was composed in honour of Tom Payne's book, which was published just after the French revolution. Salamanca reel commemorates the battle so is about the right era - possibly a few years later. Speed the Plough was composed in 1799. Would Beggars Opera still be in the public conciousness by that time? Speeded up 17th century hymn tunes would probably also fit the bill. And Trad. songs from anywhere around the British coast where the press gang might have been operating ( Cadgwith Anthem comes to mind)
  11. Similar issues with the one I have, it is difficult to remove the frames, but the main issue is from effects of condensation precipitated in the reed frame vents, this where the worst of the prblem lies, they are a mess. Dave So, what would be the expert approach to this one - is it a viable restoration?
  12. Time your auction to end at a time when a lot of people can get on line - 9 or 10 pm on a Saturday or Sunday , not mid-day, midweek. Give as detailed description as possible, for something as valuable as a concertina, it is well worth paying the extra for a few extra photos to show the reed pans, both ends, and a good view of the bellows. Be clear as to your postage charges. (and Good luck)
  13. They're only mild steel, bent in a jig. 2 or 3 seconds would be more like it. sorry for 'blank' duplicate post - mods please delete. All depends on the design, I suppose, if the lever was a constant circular cross section, then yes it could be bent on a jig in a matter of seconds , but to get a central section of some 5mm x 2mm complete with the 'dip' tapering out to circular cross section at the ends would surely reqire them to be forged. if only I had the brains to work out how to post a photo.......
  14. They're only mild steel, bent in a jig. 2 or 3 seconds would be more like it.
  15. Interesting thought Stephen, perhaps I'll take that up later. What has been occupying my thoughts is why use steel, I would assume that these ( and I'm mainly thinking in terms of EC, with hook action and the levers having a pronounced 'dip' at the pivot point and rectangular in cross section at that point) would have been forged. No doubt the outworkers responsible could knock these out at the rate of about one every 2 to 3 minutes, but it still seems rather a long winded process compared to punching them out of sheet brass using a flypress.
  16. Excuse my ignorance ( we all have to start somewhere) but how common are steel, rather than brass, action levers in early concertinas, and are they indicative of any particular makers? Also, would I be correct in thinking the use of steel rather than brass would be confined to the 'bottom end' instruments? regards, rob.
  17. If he's getting £22, if not more, for that heap of junk then the seller IS getting the last laugh.
  18. I for one am glad to see the 'snipers' lose out for once. This automated sniping is ruining ebay for the majority of decent users, and it is high time ebay did something to stamp it out.
  19. I just came on here to ask what those strange brass fittings, the like of which I have never seen before, were for. Not only have you beaten me to it, but I am sure you have hit the nail firmly on the head. poor old tina!
  20. I'm terrible for giving names to almost everything I value - cars, tools, you name it. My latest squeeze is known as 'Georgina' ( allegedly a Geo. Case). Easter Greetings to all! rob.
  21. Unless you are urgently in need of the money, please reconsider selling. You have a very lovely, and quite valuable concertina , which is also a part of your family history. As an instrument, you would find it hard to find a comparable replacement - as a part of your family heritage, it is irreplacable. Are there any younger members of the family who might be interested in learning? As long as you store it carefully, it will not deteriorate,and will continue to appreciate in value. regards, Rob.
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