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  1. Lofty

    Bolivian players

    I see some of them put two fingers in the finger rests. It seems uncomfortable to me, but I suppose you could get used to it. Only two fingers left to do all the work, though. Perhaps they are playing in C and don’t need the outer rows of buttons. Steve
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    Concertina Bow Arm

    When I’m playing my single acting Wheatstone English bass/baritone, it’s so heavy that I usually sit down and put an end on each thigh. My legs go in and out as I play: slowly in as I push, then quickly out as I refill with air. I’ve never seen it from the audience’s viewpoint, of course, but it must look a bit odd. If the seat I am on is a bit high, my thighs slope downwards and the concertina tends to slip downwards. I keep a piece of non-slip material in the case to prevent slippage. Any “bowing” action probably comes from both hands: I’m not aware of my legs providing any of the pushing. I have played it standing up in the past, with my left foot on the box, so I probably used my right hand to do any “bowing”. I’m too old for such capers now. Steve
  3. Thanks from me too: firstly for setting the forum up and maintaining it, but also for the firm but fair moderation. There have been a few occasions when things were getting a bit out of control, but the moderation has restored decorum promptly. Steve
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    Wanted 56 extended treble Edeophone.

    We are straying a bit off topic here, Wolf, but I looked inside my Model 24 and there are no valves on the highest 4 notes on each side. Also, the next two notes down on each side have valves which are very slightly short. The valves were replaced over 30 years ago by Colin Dipper, so I am sure that these valve arrangements are what is ideal. Steve
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    Wanted 56 extended treble Edeophone.

    I’m a bit surprised that there are any valves at all on these high notes, Wolf. I also have a model 24 and, although I haven’t look inside for a long time, I don’t think it has valves on these highest notes. If the valves on these notes need improvement, I would try removing them first. I’m not a concertina repairer, however, and someone who is might like to comment. Steve
  6. Lofty

    Concertina motif accessories

    Nice, but only 20 button Anglos. English or McCann would suit me better. Steve
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    Wanted 56 extended treble Edeophone.

    I have heard Alistair Anderson use the extra high notes of an extended treble to play in octaves. It works very well for him! Steve
  8. Lofty

    Old postcard

    How I wish I had a time machine....... My sources tell me that they are even more expensive than the current value of all these concertinas, however. They are also rarer than really good English baritones, I believe. Steve
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    Jamie Allen

    You refer to this as a “New England fiddle tune”. It’s obviously hard to tell a traditional tune’s origins, but it it strongly associated with a Northumbrian piper called, of course, Jamie Allen. See https://tunearch.org/wiki/Annotation:Jamie_Allen for more on this colourful character. Steve
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    French Harmonium Reeds?

    Further research shows that Wheatstone also imported harmoniums made by Alexandre in France Perhaps the reeds were taken out of an Alexandre harmonium to build a one-off or a prototype bass. This would explain the markings on the reeds. Steve
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    French Harmonium Reeds?

    See http://www.concertina.com/pricelists/wheatstone-english/Wheatstone-MDRA-1859.pdf for information on Wheatstone harmoniums. Steve
  12. Lofty

    French Harmonium Reeds?

    Wheatstone made harmoniums too, so using them in a bass concertina is probably no great surprise. Perhaps harmonium reeds were stamped with Do Re Mi etc. so that they could be understood when exported. It looks as though your bass has valves for re-filling the bellows in the ends. I had a previous bass and found these valves refilled the bellows relatively slowly. Mine has “gills” in the bellows, which refills them very quickly. It was built in 1886 and the bellows valves still work perfectly. I think they are original. As your bass is single acting, there are no valves for the reeds. This might make the reeds very responsive, so it could play pretty quickly (until you run out of air, of course). Mine is fast enough to play melodies at a reasonable speed, but this is quite hard work. Do you know what range it covers? Steve
  13. Lofty

    Dubious eBay listings

    .... and they are back again. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-Wheatstone-concertina-Aola-squeeze-box/202369670855?hash=item2f1e2c1ec7:g:MpoAAOSwfb5bSj-7 and https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/WHEATSTONE-LACHENAL-ENGLISH-CONCERTINA/202369673728?hash=item2f1e2c2a00:g:hiQAAOSwYUdbSj9d I would report them to eBay if I knew how to do it. Steve
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    Dubious eBay listings

    There are two concertinas listed on eBay at the moment which seem very strange: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/WHEATSTONE-LACHENAL-ENGLISH-CONCERTINA/392079491221?hash=item5b49c24095:i:392079491221 and https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-Wheatstone-concertina-Aola-squeeze-box/392079491489?hash=item5b49c241a1:g:GsUAAOSwVMtbQlDt These seems to be offered at a very low starting price, but the text for the listings say that they are only available at a ‘Buy it now’ price of 2250 GBP (or alternatives in other currencies). There are numerous other items offered by the same seller, all at the same ‘Buy it now’ price. In addition, I have checked on them a few times and the seller seems to keep changing. My instinct is to treat these with considerable care... Steve
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    Lachenal Band

    A very smart set of gentlemen! Several people are playing Edeophones. I think these were patented in 1889, so the photo must be from after that. Somebody will know when Lachenal were at that address. Steve
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