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  1. What is the general view on quality for late late Wheatstone English concertinas? I am currently working on a 1972, 48 button nickel-plated sides English concertina that hasn't been played much and will need some loving care to get resurrected. I tried to find early answers in this Forum but didn't find much besides that those made in the 60ies are "supposed" to be better than those produced later on, due to low quality material choice for reeds, somewhat chaotic relocations of shop and owners and so on. Anyone here that knows more?
  2. Great - thanks! I was afraid it was for plannef but never produced, ie instruments that never made it
  3. Hi, I am a musician helping a friend here in Sweden to correctly date a Wheatstone English Concertina. My question is about abbreviations. What does ”N P” stand for? See the attachment. Best regards JanW
  4. Of course! Slipped my mind, I should have remembered. Anyhow thanks - and Shalom! JanW
  5. Hi, A 32 button anglo said to be "end of 19th century ". What dopest the "PA" stand for? regards
  6. Mikael, check your messages, I sent a PM.
  7. Grattis Mikael - you beat me!
  8. Thanks Dave, much appreciated! It does not explain the different number on the paper label found on the bass side, 158745, though. /JanW
  9. Thanks Dave , I fully agree with you, and more so when I finally managed to unscrew the bass side reed pan see the photos, which is a good illustration to what you write. Here the number is divided between two chambers, giving the number of 149497, The 7 being missed in the corresponding stamping on the treble side. So, the year 1897 still stands, I suppose. /JanW
  10. OK I now have a Lachenal anglo from approx late 1897. BUT, the plot thickened as I, on unscrewing the bass side discovered a crumpled label I had not seen at first: 158745. This would give a treble side from 1897 and a bass side from 1898 or even somewhat later. As soon as I have managed to unscrew the bass side with screws in one piece, as of now they are stuck as in welded, I may determine if the label number corresponds to any number on the reed plate. I'll keep you posted.
  11. OK, friends, thanks for good advice, here are my comments: Here's some photos. Responding to Takayuki: Yes it's the latter, and, see photos , it's 14949(x) And, responding to Seth: Judging from earlier entries from Dowright, my instrument would be dated to 1897, see below. Anglo No. 197411 made in 1926. No 174914 - circa 1903 Anglo No. 183566 dates to circa 1910. Anglo No. 174914 - circa 1903 Anglo No. 151069 - circa 1897 Anglo No 149300 1897 Anglo No.147189 is from circa 1896 Anglo No. 144430 in 1896 Anglo No 128130-- 1892 Anglo No. 109790-- 1890. Anglo No. 104739 was sold on 26 April 1888 Anglo No. 100294 was made in circa 1887. Anglo No 85842 1885 Anglo No. 84276 made circa 1885. If I am wrong, where did I go ditto? Bets of regards The Liraman
  12. Thanks Seth! And your instrument is indeed an anglo and not an English (With, I suppose, another numbering system)?
  13. Just bought this 31 button Lachenal anglo. serial number 14949. Judging from earlier entries this would mean early 1890ies. Or am I completely wrong? Best regards to all, thankful for every bit of history here.
  14. Better than what? Are you selling it? Your avatar suggests that you play some sort of concertina... anglo or duet? I have no idea what those numbers on the bellows might mean. Definitely not the serial number (which can be found stamped inside), since Lachenal serial numbers for duets never went beyond 4 digits. Hi JimLucas No I am not selling. I was referring to better bids as to my history theories.
  15. So, what's this then? A MacCann Duett with the patent nr 4752 (MacCann?) stamped onto the wooden handle bar. But as to age and other history i am lost. It was bought in an auction in Sweden recently and probably belonged to the "Salvation Army immigration" wave to Sweden around the turn of the century 1900, not later than 1910. Any better bids? Ahh yes it also has a number stamped into the left side outer rim of the bellows, 181 0 71. Any clues? thanks
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