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  1. I am selling my Tedrow Baritone 30 button C/G Anglo.


    It has the standard Wheatstone layout, except I had 1 modification made: Left Hand, G-Row, First button, is a low A on the pull instead of being the (redundant) D. Also, all notes are an octave lower than on a normal C/G Anglo, because it's a baritone.


    Comes with Stagi case.


    I am asking $1400.00


    When Bellows are completely compressed, it's about 5 1/2 inches (14 cm) from end to end. If you measure the width of each end, it is 5 5/8'' (19.3 cm) wide.


    It weighs 2 lbs, 12.7 oz, (1.27kg), but it feels lighter than that.


    Soundclip from Homewood Music site


    Here are my own photos of it:


  2. Hi all

    I'm just learning to play the Anglo Concertina and bought the Tedrow-Modified Stagi from Alex Jones. I noticed that the top row 5th and 6th buttons play opposite - that is, the 6th button plays what the 5th should and visa versa. I don't know how this happened - Maybe it's an easy fix? Any thoughts anyone? I suppose I could just learn to play it wrong but - hmmm


    That's actually the way it was when I bought it from Tedrow. I just learned to play it that way with the high c#/d# being on the end as if it were supposed to be there, and forgot that it was in the wrong place.


    That button that is an f/a would be more useful as an a/f. This is a typical Stagi/Bastari thing. I just never used that one.

  3. ... I seem to recall seeing this on ebay a few months ago ... Any comments?



    I think that was a rosewood-ended one? This is a rare version of Jones' "Chromatic Anglo" with metal ends - the only other example that I've seen is the one in my own collection, but mine has ebony veneers and gold-tooled bellows, usually they're rosewood-ended.


    My G. E. Jones is rosewood-ended (see my avatar on the left). I paid a lot more for it than what this metal-ended one is going for. It does have the buttons arranged the same way.



  4. Hi Girl:


    To the best of my knowledge there are no method books or DVD's or tapes available for any system Duet Concertina, though there were several books published in the past which are dfifficult to locate.


    Though it might NOT make a great material gift, you can check the various Duet Concertina areas at




    That's where I found everything I needed to know about playing my Lachenal MacCann duet. Here's a direct link to the instruction section;



    I downloaded all the PDFs, and printed out the ones I needed. If you find the ones that best suit your dad's instrument, you can just print hardcopies and give him those. And these tutors are free.


    At least one of them has key layouts.

  5. Alex,


    I posted questions also on the Concertina.net site, but I thought I'd repost here: is the baritone significantly bigger or heavier than a regular treble 30 button? Is it a slower response for notes, or about the same as a regular treble 30 button?




    It slightly bigger than the Edgley, but about the same size as my Lachenal MacCann Duet. When Bellows are completley compressed, it's about 5 1/2 inches (14 cm) from end to end. If you measure the width of each end, it is 5 5/8'' (19.3 cm) wide.


    It is not heavier than a regular treble 30 button. It is surprisingly lightweight. It seems to be much lighter than anything with the Lachenel name that I have ever handled. It weighs 2 lbs, 12.7 oz, (1.27kg), but it feels lighter than that.


    For all of the notes that it has in common with a regular 30-button, the response time is the same as with a regular Tedrow treble anglo. This is a faster response time than most Stagis I've played and most Lachenals I've played, and a better response time than those of my century-old G. E. Jones. Some of the lower notes sometimes have a slower resposne time, but not always. That's just the way low notes are.

  6. Why are you selling? It looks like a nice concertina.

    In order to sound good on it, I have to practice on it, but I have spent most of my practice time on my 42-button G. E. Jones. (That's now getting repaired, so I am practicing my 56-key MacCann Duet.) If I want to round out some sound with bass, I prefer to use an accordion of some sort, than this baritone.


    So, I do not practice on or use the Baritone enough to justify having it around. I also would like to commission Tedrow to build a 42-button that is just like the Jones only lighter, faster and louder. To afford that, I am selling this Baritone. That's why I am selling this.

  7. A Fallon Case came with my Edgley. Fits very snug, and is very tough, never opens by accident, and has a shoulder strap. So, I have one custom built for my G. E. Jones 42-button whose original case was destroyed.


    I took photos of the Jones, used MS-Paint to mark the measurements of the insturment on the jpeg image photos, and emailed them to Mr. Fallon. Fallon made the case perfectly to size.


    I am considering ordering yet another Fallon case for my Lachenal 56-key MacCann Duet since that one has one of those antique hexagonal original cases.

  8. Hi Everybody,


    This is my first post. I only thought about getting a concertina a couple of days ago. I play a lot of different instruments in a lot of styles: Irish fiddle mostly at the moment, but also jazz on saxes and piano, guitar, and I used to play a little piano accordion in a céilidh band. I've never played a note on an Anglo concertina.


    Nowadays I play at home for my own enjoyment, Irish music mostly, and that's what I would want a concertina for.


    I've seen the concertina in the attached photo for sale on this site, and it's now on EBay, item number 260051130527.


    How about a 30-button Tedrow Modified Stagi, which I am selling for less than the starting bid on that 20-button you were looking at on eBay?


    I am not posting it on ebay, just Concertina.net. Here is a link:

    Tedrow Modified Stagi

  9. I am finaly selling my Tedrow Modified Stagi. I have had this a long time and it has held up pretty well.

    Has better response action than a regular Stagi.


    This would be good for any beginner or someone who would want to upgrade from a Stagi.


    Has that Bastari/Stagi key layout that is almost a Wheatstone/Lachanel layout, but not quite


  10. I am selling my Tedrow Baritone 30 button C/G Anglo.


    It has the standard Wheatstone layout, except I had 1 modification made: Left Hand, G-Row, First button, is a low A on the pull instead of being the (redundant) D. Oh yeah, it's also an octave lower, because it's a baritone. Comes with Stagi case.


    I am asking $1500.00


    Someone has asked for photos and a soundclip. I have not had a chance to do any recording lately. But, here is a link to a soundclip from the site of the builder:


    Soundclip from homewood music site


    here is a photo from the site of the builder:


    Photo on Homewood music site


    Here are my own photos of it:




  11. This anglo from e-bay had great looking green straps:


    Item number: 320028060091


    Can anyone help me find straps like those?


    Thanks in advance -



    Print out the photo from eBay.

    Take it and the concertina to a cobbler shop who also specializes in leather repair.


    I had my neighborhood cobbler make some straps for my first 30-key and he only charged me $10. I didn't even give him a design.


  12. I am going to show my ignorance here as I am a bit taken back by a recent review of Anglo International.

    In amongst an excellent review is a section of " I would have liked the collection to have included certain players "

    That is easy for some reviewer to write. He does not need to consider the the finite amount of room available on 3 disks, and managing that with deadlines.


    What surprised me was that the writer wished that I had included Chemnitzer playing.


    From the other postings, it seems that the writer is either a member of a small minority who considers Chemnitzers to be Anglos, or he did not quite get the point of the compilation. I wonder which tracks the review writer would suggest removing to make room for tracks of Chemnitzer playing.


    I have nothing against Chemnitzer playing (and am still considering buying one), but I believe that this Anglo compilation is not incomplete for not including any Chemnitzer playing (3 negatives in that sentence).


    Where can we read a copy of the review?

  13. I remember this discussion well  Jim and I think it was Goran who finally called it "Bellows Shake".

    I just said it was shaking the bellows whilst playing and at the time I could not understand why it had to be called anything specific.

    I just accepted it,whatever makes people happy.

    Al :)

    That's what accordionists call it.

  14. Having said that, several people have commented on one aspect of my playing that seems to be unusual. Because my musical background allows me to think harmonically I quite often play as a purely harmonic/rhythmic instrument in sessions because I do not know (or cannot yet play) the tune. I don't know any other anglo player who does this.


    I do that most of the time when I play in groups. Usually there are about 8 to 50 guitars, a banjo or two, a fiddle, maybe a bass, and me with a concertina. I just watch the chords on the guitars (I've played guitar on and off for about 25 years, so I recognize the chord shapes) and play them on the concertina. Sometimes they'll let me take a solo.


    With my Baritone Anglo, I do chords on the right hand, and do a simple alternating root and fifth bass parts on the left hand whenever possible (and if there is not bass).


    I don't play in any Irish sessions, because for them, I would have to know the tunes.

  15. I think C.net member Alex Jones, who I believe has large hands (he reported that he has to curl the tips of his fingers under for buttons in the standard G row), might find this layout very much to his liking.  (Of course, I could be wrong.) 

    And surely he's not the only one who might like the opportunity to stretch long fingers.


    .. and I am happy to say that Mr. Lucas was correct! (It's all mine now) I find the straight rows much better for my hands, so I can play the notes on the end without having to curl my fingers for the G row.


    Yes, this instrument had my name on it...well part of my name.

  16. The springs in a Lachenal always need to be harder due to the "hook action" they used, whereby the spring not only keeps the pad closed, but also holds the lever in place against its pivot, whilst a Wheatstone-style riveted action can be sprung more lightly as the spring is only performing one task.


    Another significant difference is that Wheatstone buttons are much lighter in weight, consisting of a wooden, or plastic, base with a thin metal cap, whereas Lachenal's are hollow metal with a metal crown, which means the Wheatstone buttons, as well as springing, are much easier on your fingers.

    That sounds like the Wheatstone is better.

    However, from your description I'm wondering if your Lachenal might have been modified and perhaps someone has added solid brass buttons to an instrument that once had bone ones ? For one thing metal buttons should always be bushed, not rubbing against the woodwork, for anther Lachenal's used nickel, not brass, and the ends were not "pointy".

    Well, actually there are bushings on most of them, but the bushing layer between the button and the inside of the holes is so small, the bushings do not appear to be as effective as those on other instruments. For some of the buttons, I can feel them rub against the wood though. I am not sure if the buttons are solid brass, but the look like brass to me, since they are that color. I exageratted the pointyness of them, but they are rounded, and when something that narrow and smooth is rounded, it can deflect the finger, so it might as well be considered pointy.


    Anyway, you did make a case that the Wheatstone might be easier on the fingers, and that it has the same riveted action as the concertinas that I like, so I might just bid on the that one. I hope nobody else does.

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