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  1. As I mentioned in my above post, though they share the same name, our sorts of "concertinas" are rather different from yours. The "standard" has hexagonal ends that are 6-1/4 inches "across the flats", which is 7" between opposite points of the hexagon. Weight is generally between 1 and 2 kg (2.2 - 4.4 pounds). My "big, heavy" one is just over 2 kg (just under 4.5 lbs), and I tend to play it while standing, held just by my 2 hands, though most players would sit to play it, resting it on one knee, though not in their lap. I think here is one place to start. In particular, look at theirChemnitzer Keyboard Layout. You'll find that it shows a few more buttons than what you have, but I think (i'm not an expert) that if you cover up the "extras", the ones you do have should match (except for maybe being transposed to another key). Then if you want to learn more, you should look around other parts of the ConcertinaMusic.com web site. Another web site you might want to check out is the Cicero Concertina Circle. They have a Chemnitzer FAQ. That'll probably keep you busy for a day or two. But don't neglect to contact Mr. Kloba. His web site is currently unavailable, but it directed me to the Cicero site. Have fun. Hi Jim, I appreciate you taking the time to write and for sending me so much valuable information! I did contact Mr. Kloba and hope to meet him and hear him play the time I'm in Chicago (3-4 months from now). In the meantime, I'm going to have to buy another concertina that is in perfect conditon because I'm impatient and want to learn how to play NOW! I'll let you know what kind it is when I get one and keep you posted on my progress. Thanks again!
  2. I've just learned that I might be able to get this instrument tuned and/or repaired at Italo-American Accordian Company in Oak Lawn, IL. I am so glad to know that since Star Concertina and Accordian in Cicero closed in 2000. Some websites still have Star listed and need to update.
  3. Yes, "vormals" means "formerly", not "formally". The proffered translation of the label was otherwise correct. And 3 rows of buttons is in no way atypical for a Large German Concertina. Probably a Chemnitzer (named after the city of Chemnitz, where Uhlig and Lange were located. Bandoneons - the cousins of the Konzertinas - have more than three rows on each side. Cheers, John Hi John, I don't know what you mean by "Large". Mine fits comfortably in my lap and isn't heavy. What I find unusual is the 17/23 (6-6-5/8-8-7)) button arrangement, only because I can't find it anywhere on the Internet.
  4. Thanks for the chart Marien! I have no idea what chord it produces though. Since some notes are out of tune, it's hard to tell what chord is playing, and then when it's pulled, a different sound comes out. But we're getting there...I'm working on it!
  5. Hi Wes, It sure looks like a Bandonion; however, my search results have not been successful. I checked out Father Scrough... sort of reminded me of Dead Can Dance. Thanks for your help!
  6. I acquired a nice old concertina in excellent shape, but it needs tuning. I don't know how to play it YET. It's black with a mother-of-pearl (?) floral design, and has a plate on it that reads: F. Lange Vormals C.F. Uhlig Concertina Bandonion Fabrik Chemnitz Am Rosenplatz Germany. Strange thing is, the key arrangement is A-typical and I haven't been able to find anything like it on the Internet. It's got 3 rows of 17 buttons on one side and 23 on the other. Attached is a photo of the concertina at the antique shop where I got it. I wish I had a photo of the buttons, but I'm in MS and the concertina is at my Dad's home in IL (I made the purchase while visiting and left it for him to play). Does anyone know what this concertina is about - where I can find a button chart for it, music for it, etc.? Any information on it at all would be helpful. Also, does anyone know where I can get it tuned in the Chicago area? Thank you!
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