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Many years ago I visited Steve Dickenson's shop. While I have used the core or tube type bellows forms for odd sized or non hexagonal bellows, I much prefer these molds which are a close approximation of what he used from the old Wheatstone factory. They are not difficult to make out of wood, though I impregnated my one wooden version with wax to keep glue from sticking. They are meant to be used with the bellows frames mounted and an integral part of the bellows making process. The aluminum versions are great if you are making a lot of bellows. Steve's aluminum versions were cast metal, I just milled mine from bar stock 6063 aluminum, and precipitation hardened them in my baking oven. The bars swing to the empty center and are pulled out the ends when finished. I recently split them and added inserts to do 5, 6, 7 or 8 fold bellows. Steve's had small central wooden cores that had a channel down the center of each side that a bar on the mold sides fit into. I just put a short section of core on the end plates to keep everything alligned. The clamps for the finished bellows are two parts, one interior set (not visible) to compress the inner folds (Chris Ghent mentions this). And the end pieces to compress the peaks. . Dana
For anyone interested, Kensington concertinas are now available in C/G Wheatstone layout as well as the Kensington Standard ( slightly modified Jeffries ). They are also available in keys ranging from G/D through D/A. ( though a deposit will be required at the time of manufacture for everything but the standard C/G. Due to the requirement for a new Reed pan design for each Wheatstone layout, Lower pitch instruments G/D - A/E will only be in a transposed Kensington Standard layout for now. I will consider the redesigned Reed pan if someone requests it, but the Wheatstone variants cost more. ( the only difference is in the right hand accidental row and the differences there are small. See the layout on the website to see what it looks like on a C/G.
I am selling my Kensington anglo concertina. It is Numer 048 which I got from David Levine who purchased it from Dana Johnson in March, 2012. It is in perfect, like new condition. It comes in the original hard case – also in excellent condition – and with the original tool-kit that Dana provides with every concertina. It plays beautifully, is in perfect tune, and is a lovely instrument in every respect. I am asking 2.750€ for it but I am also open for reasonable offers. Shipping and insurance will be extra. Dana’s website, with more pictures, is http://www.kensingtonconcertinas.com/ Here is an excellent discussion about the instrument, from 2005: http://www.concertin...?showtopic=3004and here is the link to Davids post http://www.concertina.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=16149&hl=kensington Any questions? info(at)at-work.de
Kensington 30 button anglo C/G modified Jeffries layout, Made 2003-4 Excellent condition. This concertina is from my early instruments which were not light. It has had the reed shoe ports brought current with the way I make them now, and has excellent response and sound from the lowest notes to the highest. This is a concertina reeded instrument, not a hybrid. Like all Kensingtons, it has a substantial dynamic range making it great for expressive airs and strong rhythms in Irish traditional playing. It is well able to hold it's own in a session, slow or fast. I am always amazed when I get one of my early instruments back in for tuning, how good they sound. When I first send them off, they have a little edge to the tone that smooths out with playing, and I don't get to hear them at their full potential. I made them to sound the way I like best, and I sold my excellent C/G Jeffries while I was still playing #005 because I never played the Jeffries. That would still be the case with this one. I do like my current one better, but not by that much. I will sell it on approval, but shipping must be paid by the buyer, with refund on receipt of the returned concertina. The price I am selling it at is only slightly above it's original price representing the upgrade work I've done on it and tuning. If you are in the neighborhood you can come by and try it. A picture of a concertina exactly like this is on the front of my website at www.kensingtonconcertinas.com. Dana Johnson Kensington Concertinas