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  1. I do not know about Bernie recordings, but I know that her daughter, Holly, has recorded. Maybe, mother and daughter play in the same style. I am pretty sure that Holly is a Senior All-Ireland Champion on concertina and other instrument(s)..
  2. Lachenal Baritone English concertinas. My sample of English Lachenals currently numbers 2702; hopefully, it is pretty representative of the 60,000 plus population. Baritone English represent 2 per cent of total. First baritone in sample is No 10376. First 56-key is No 11356. Of course, both made by "Louis Lachenal" (i.e., before "Lachenal & Co.") Total baritones in the data = 54. a) 16 New Model (12 are 48 key, 1 is 56 key; and 3 are 62 key, 64 key, and 65 key, respectively. b) 7 Inimitable (all 48 key) c) 3 Excelsior (all 48 key) d) 7 Edeophones (5 are 48 key, 1 is a 56 key, and 1 is a 35 key). e) 21 Other (12 are 48 key, 6 are 56 key, and 3 are 35 key). Some of these are probably (a), (b), (c), or (d), but I was not provided fuller descriptions. There is also a 31-key Baritone/Bass. I have no idea what the 35-key ones are like; maybe they really are also Baritone/Bass. (Maybe my friend, Chris, will know more about them.)
  3. nkgibbs, No. 36768 Anglo is tough to date, by I would guess circa 1874. I wish I could be as definite as I am about the ones for Paul Reed, below. Paul Reed, No 1444444 Anglo was made in 1896. No. 53880 Edeophone was made in June 1923. The Anglo certainly was not purchased by a Chinese; they are extremely superstitious about the number "4".
  4. Oberon, It appears to me that your 28 key Anglo Lachenal is serial number 6.116516 Please confirm.
  5. Makt, I am thinking that your saying "fancy brass inlays" indicates that your concertina is an Inimitable model. Can you check it out?
  6. MakT, I cannot do any better than your estimate of circa 1909 for No 49209. This is in a range where I have some seemingly contradicting "evidence." In the past, I commented on caution about confusing a resale date and an original sale date, based on handwritten dates inside the instruments. Something that I think has not been discussed is the confusing of purchase dates and manufacturing dates. Today, there are waiting lists for new concertinas in the quality range of Lachenal. However, Lachenal had an inventory. Picture the following: It is 1913 and you step into the very small showroom at Lachenal headquarters. Directly in front of you is a showcase with several finished Lachenal concertinas. Hanging on the wall behind the case is a large poster showing Dutch Daly, comedian/concertinst. Inside the case is English-system N. 49209 which has been languishing in the showcase since its manufacture in 1909. You asked about 3000+ for the average annual production of Lachena English/Anglo/duet concertinas. That is not a bad guess. In the first decade of the 20th century, the average was about 1500 per year. for English, 1500 per year for Angle. and 170 per year for Crane and Maccann duets combined.
  7. Stephen, I'm surprised that you did not provide the serial number. I think that I can see "1777xx". I'm going to guess that it is "177738" ( circa 1906) which is already in my data.
  8. Jim. I have a note to myself, saying "29000 around 1889". I think 1890 is a good estimate for No 29079. Bills of sale for No. 32620 and No. 32621 are dated 1894 and March 1895, respectively. I think that Lachenal production in the period was about 800 English concertinas per year. So I will go with circa 1890. Merry Christmas. Randy
  9. Saltwater, I date your No. 46453 to circa 1907. My guess is that it has 56 keys ( which would be the same as No 46455). Right? And it has wood fretwork and metal keys. Right?
  10. Sheila Your Lachenal Edeophone No. 54643 was made circa 1912. [Orignial owner of No. 54626 handwrote 1912 inside. ]
  12. Some months ago, there was an inquiry about the serial numbers for Lachenal Maccann and Crane duet concertinas (I do not cite the posting, since I do not want to embarrass anybody). Someone suggested that the numbering started with a single series for both Maccann and Crane duets, and later was split into separate series for Maccann and Crane instruments. The truth is just the opposite: It started with a single series for Maccanns (John Hill Maccann Patent No. 4752, 12 March 1884). When Cranes were introduced (John Buttersworth Patent No. 21730, 28 September 1896), a separate serial numbering for Cranes was introduced. When the Buttersworth patent (owned by Crane & Sons) expired in 1910, the Cranes and Maccanns series became a single series. In the same year, 1910, Lachenall introduced the Crane/Triumph concertina, and the Salvation Army published their Triumph tutor. The new joint Maccann/Crane series commenced when the Maccann series was at about No. 2700.
  13. Ridiculous price on ETSY. I have a Lachenal tuning bellows that I will sell for US$150 plus shipping. There are two types of Lachenal tuning bellows--single set of tuning slots and double sets of tuning slots. Mine has a single set of tuning slots. As someone indicated, they are very handy when doing some tweaking of an instrument. If interested, please send me a private message.
  14. Sprunghub, I date your No 4062 to circa 1923. For your No 389, I would guess at circa 1902. Even though the Crane had been around for a while, it took quite a while for sales to grow. In 1900, advertisements in magazines (e.g. Penny Illustrated) featured concertinist/comedian Dutch Daly playing a Crane, thereby helping the sales significantly.
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