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  1. This weird (eg air button connecting to a reed!) beast has just been sold for £450! Please, if the new owner is on C.net, put us out of our misery and reveal what is inside it !
  2. It’s certainly a weird beast. Did German makers ever use riveted posts?
  3. Re the above discussion about Swan concertinas http://nose-flute.blogspot.com/2012/10/more-about-swan.html Neil
  4. I suppose that complexity in the action allows for simplicity in the ends? ......don’t use simple Lachenalesque rods and hoop pivots, because then the button holes have to be accurate?
  5. Stephen, Yes, it was your excellent PICA article that 'peeked' my interest! Well done tracking down Lizzie Ireland. Do you have any idea what this 'Concertina Depot' is in the top right label (NB the 'Wheatsone' print is appearing from the label below)? Between the inner and outer bases the box there were scrunched up pages of a Daily Telegraph supplement on the Anglo-Argentine exhibition dated February 1931. I suppose all that we can say is the to and fro mailing started after 1931.
  6. I recently bought a 20b Jones Anglo that came in a softwood box, within this cardboard box. Peeling back the labels, it appears that Miss Ireland in Clitheroe had received the Jones from Barker Son & Heins, who received a concertina from the 'Concertina Depot' which I suspect was a trade name for Joseph Astley, who had taken delivery of a concertina from Wheatstone!
  7. Randy, You May already have this 30b Anglo ( 190530 ) on your radar.....it has some great dating documentation. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/133506909058 Neil
  8. Eddystone, This sounds intriguing.......can you post photos of the concertina and the ‘mysterious’ reed?.......maybe on a new thread?
  9. Many thanks for your comments and the very kind offer of a further reed pan . I have received Mike’s pans and one fits perfectly with just one support block needing to be lowered. The other was marginally (<1mm on a couple of edges) too large but this has sanded down and now fits. No trouble with warping. So far so good with all the pad holes seeming to line up with the reed chambers. I will report back when the original reeds are (hopefully) fitted. At this stage it seems that Henry Ford could have learned something from Louis Lachenal (& Co) when it comes to transferable parts! Neil
  10. Dear MIke, That is brilliant, many thanks. Could you possibly email me on neil.gibbs@manchester.ac.uk ? best regards, Neil
  11. I am trying to find a set of 'standard' 30b Lachenal C/G Anglo reed pans (without the reeds). I have acquired a late model Anglo that has good steel reeds but was obviously a bespoke job for someone with very eclectic requirements in the layout department. To paraphrase a well-known (UK) comedy sketch 'the reeds are all there but not necessarily in the right order' ! I don't have the right tools or skills to make new reed pans but would be able to adjust an existing set to fit the concertina. I would be most interested to hear if anyone has a suitable set of reed pans that they would consider selling. many thanks, Neil
  12. Good evening, I am trying to find a set of 'standard' 30b Lachenal C/G Anglo reed pans (without the reeds). I have acquired a late model Anglo that has good steel reeds but was obviously a bespoke job for someone with very eclectic requirements in the layout department. To paraphrase a well-known (UK) comedy sketch 'the reeds are all there but not necessarily in the right order' ! I don't have the right tools or skills to make new reed pans but would be able to adjust an existing set to fit the concertina. I would be most interested to hear if anyone has a suitable set of reed pans that they would consider selling. many thanks, Neil
  13. I have just opened up a 26b Lachenal Anglo and found an unusual inked stamp (see photo) . A bit of Googling suggests that J.V Redington may be this gentleman: https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/an-irishman-s-diary-1.377416 https://kilmacudcrokes.com/hurling/jim-redington-rip I am not sure whether the concertina was owned by Mr Redington .....or maybe repaired by him and any further information that C.netters may have would be of interest. Neil
  14. Stephen, There is a large thread on this subject here: Hope that this helps, Neil
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. So the maker is E.I.N. Wieterer.........?
  18. Thanks Steven. Do we have any clue about the maker? The 'half-body' reed plates seem to be unique ?
  19. 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?
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. Dear Dowright, Could you please tell me what the highest serial number is in the database for a Lachenal Anglo? many thanks, Neil
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