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  1. Stephen, There is a large thread on this subject here: Hope that this helps, Neil
  2. Dear Randy, Many thanks for the dating of this Anglo. The c1874 date fits in with the concertina not having the 1878/9 reed trademark. Best regards, Neil
  3. A. Resident? More likely you meant E.I.N. Weiterer = A.N. Other... Steven, You are absolutely right! German was never a strong point! Neil
  4. So the maker is E.I.N. Wieterer.........😀
  5. Thanks Steven. Do we have any clue about the maker? The 'half-body' reed plates seem to be unique ?
  6. Stephen, Many thanks for your sage words, diagnosis and the link to a thread that I failed to find. Do you think that the German manufacturer had access to Nickolds parts or just copied them?
  7. Dear C.netters, I recently bought this strange little beast. Despite being pretty well built, having full bone buttons and a metal action, I don't think that it is English. This is supported by the reed blocks and the very odd reed chamber set up. "German", I hear you cry but the pencil marks on the Left and Right ends are 8 B (?) and 8 G respectively. G for left hints French but the B on the right, unless I am misreading it, doesn't. The action pivots also look as if they have been lifted from a Nickolds. I would be very interested to hear if anyone has come across a concertina like this before. Thanks, Neil
  8. Dear Randy, Could I perhaps also request a dating for a recently acquired, mahogany ended, brass reeded, 20 button Anglo #36768 ? Many thanks in advance, Neil
  9. Many thanks for your observations and the very impressive results of your finishing. French polishing sounds like the route to follow for a true restoration although Tru Oil sounds interesting. I realise that it wouldn't be 'authentic' but has anyone tried a clear nitrocellulose sprays that seem to be used extensively by guitar (especially electric) restorers? Thanks again, Neil
  10. This may be a question that has been answered before on C.net but I have failed (maybe due to not searching properly) to find a relevant thread. I am restoring a mahogany ended 20b Lanchenal Anglo that has needed some heavy TLC on its ends (water damage, lost fretwork, loss of end bolt holes etc). The repairs have been done and the ends are back to bare wood - I now need to finish them. I have experimented with various approaches in the past but never really come up with a method that gives a simple, good looking, durable finis. I would be grateful to hear of any tried and tested methods (sequence from bare wood to final finish) of finishing. Many thanks, Neil
  11. Dear Dowright, Could you please tell me what the highest serial number is in the database for a Lachenal Anglo? many thanks, Neil
  12. Good evening, Can I ask semi miniature owners a couple of questions? - Does the L & Co or other (distributor) initialing occur on both sides of these concertinas. - Do semi-miniatures ALWAYS come with initialing? Could you please post photos illustrating your answers? Many thanks, Neil
  13. Dear Geoff, Your sage comments on this concertina explain the Crabb labelling. Many thanks, Neil
  14. Dear C.netters, I would be interested in your thoughts on this offering on eBay: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/H-Crabb-Son-Concertina-musical-instrument/254001470012?hash=item3b23aada3c:g:AMAAAOSwKphb~XxL Yours, confused, Neil
  15. I am reinventing the wheel here as I have just noticed that this same chap appears in a photo in Dan Worrall's 'The Anglo-German Concertina; A Social History' ! Neil
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