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Hello - I am contacting you about a Wheatstone Concertina that has been in our family for about 40 years. My father bought it from an antique dealer friend who went to England on shopping trips for her antique store in Stratford Ontario Canada. It has not been played in this 40 years. I can post photos tomorrow.

Over the past few days I have researched it a bit, and found your site/group. It is hexagonal, green and white bellows, with the Wheatstone name and address on the front; the back shows a serial number that is 'rubbed out' in the centre but shows the numbers 1 - - - 38 at each end of the rubbed out area. I carefully took the top off by removing the brass screws and found the number 27 stamped inside, as I have seen on this site in photos of other pieces.

The Concertina is in a beatiful lined case, complete with key and pearl inlay around keyhole.

My interest is in finding out more about this, hopefully determining a value, and finding a good home for it.

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated1

Dave Sch

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In the 1955 movie "Above Us the Waves", an English concertina shows up twice. The first after it's carried aboard the submarine by one of the crew, and the second is after the attack. It's shown floating away in the harbor as the last scene of the movie. It's not played, although it squeaks once or twice and there's some occasional music in the background.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdhjMux5QVI#t=09m20s

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qQhnM0V-4A#t=10m00s

 

The whole movie starts here:

http://www.youtube.com/user/videomonkey2009#g/c/C859E1E5544D7649

 

Thanks B)

Leo

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Two sighting tonight. One an episode of the Simpsons, and the second the movie Raiders of San Jauquin (1943). Gosh, I need to get a life.

 

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Hi NoNaYet

 

I frequent a local restaurant, and talk to an older guy in an electric wheelchair. Hopalong Cassidy is his favorite from when he was a child. Mine is Roy Rogers. Occasionally I take my laptop computer and we have dinner together, watch a movie, and swap stories and lies about who is the better in them old cowboy movies. The one you found has a group of musicians called the Jimmy Wakely Trio. They are in lots of movies from the 1940's. I think it's used as a prop though in the movies.

 

I'll bet it looked something like this:

 

Although in this one, it's played.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfGmNnTjEoQ&fmt=18

 

If it's the Simpson episode, I think it is, he's famous too. Guess who!

 

I think I got you beat on need to get a life. :blink: :( :D

 

Thanks

Leo

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In the 1951 Errol Flynn movie "Adventures of Captain Fabian", a concertina shows up a few times during the movie. I couldn't tell if it's an anglo or English since I couldn't pause it. Seen mostly in the pub scenes, and once during a formal party. The music sounds right and I think it's dubbed. There is also a scene where Errol Flynn is in the bath tub with concertina music in the background.

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Another one would be the 1937 Gary Cooper movie "Souls at Sea". Around half way through the movie, there is a party on the ship and one of the musicians has an Anglo concertina and Gary Cooper fakes playing a fiddle. Must be an early Anglo since the story is supposed to happen in 1847.

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In the 1995 movie "Leapin' Leprechauns" one shows up at 4 minits into this clip (about 15 minits into the movie).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-GtflWkwVU#t=04m20s

 

Another is played at 8:40 in this clip. Same movie. It only lasts for a second.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rtr-Ov8QDAI#t=08m40s

 

At 1:05, he plays a nice tune.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79sDkr8Le7o#01m05s

 

I don't know who plays it throughout the movie, since it looks like it's only used as a prop by the actor, and the credits give no insight. Unfortunately, in the sequel "Spellbreaker; Secret of the Leprechauns" there is not a musical instrument in sight.

 

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Leo :)

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Two sighting tonight. One an episode of the Simpsons, and the second the movie Raiders of San Jauquin (1943). Gosh, I need to get a life.

 

NNY

Hi NoNaYet

 

I frequent a local restaurant, and talk to an older guy in an electric wheelchair. Hopalong Cassidy is his favorite from when he was a child. Mine is Roy Rogers. Occasionally I take my laptop computer and we have dinner together, watch a movie, and swap stories and lies about who is the better in them old cowboy movies. The one you found has a group of musicians called the Jimmy Wakely Trio. They are in lots of movies from the 1940's. I think it's used as a prop though in the movies.

 

I'll bet it looked something like this:

 

Although in this one, it's played.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfGmNnTjEoQ&fmt=18

 

 

If it's the Simpson episode, I think it is, he's famous too. Guess who!

 

If you like old cowboy movies Leo, you need to make it over to Kenton Ohio for Gene Autry days in June. They even occasionally have a cowboy group, Call of the West that occasionally uses the concertina!

 

Alan

 

I think I got you beat on need to get a life. :blink: :( :D

 

Thanks

Leo

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I was just having a look around to see if there were any recordings of one of my all time favourite tv series.It seems most have disappeared but but somebody has put a recording of one edition in three parts on youtube.The second part may be of interest to concertina spotters.Sorry if this has been shown before.David.

 

 

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It's shown floating away in the harbor as the last scene of the movie.

Ah, but do concertinas really float?

Anyone got any experience of submersible concertinas?

No time to look it up right now, but I recall mention in one or more past threads of a Jeffries that took a dip in a canal. :o

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It's shown floating away in the harbor as the last scene of the movie.

Ah, but do concertinas really float?

Anyone got any experience of submersible concertinas?

No time to look it up right now, but I recall mention in one or more past threads of a Jeffries that took a dip in a canal. :o

 

And I know somebody who "drowned" an Aeola... :blink:

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It's shown floating away in the harbor as the last scene of the movie.

Ah, but do concertinas really float?

Anyone got any experience of submersible concertinas?

No time to look it up right now, but I recall mention in one or more past threads of a Jeffries that took a dip in a canal. :o

I'll leave it to Dave Prebble to elaborate, but from my memory, the Jefferies sank to the bottom.

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In the 1936 Shirley Temple movie "Captain January", about 5:40 seconds into the movie, is a nice concertina tune with a dance by Buddy Ebsen. It's a 20 button Anglo. There is another tune at 7:40, but I think it's an accordeon.

 

And the 1955 musical "Hit the Deck"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7jLUrjU-ZA&fmt=18

 

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Ep 5 Different Drum Part 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKL3Sgb_ACw#t=07m20s

Watch until the end. There is a part 2 but only lasts a few minits.

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In the 1962 movie "The Password is Courage", shortly after arriving at the POW camp, there is an assembly with a miniature concertina, and banjo and harmonica. There is a quick glimpse of it in the trailer:

 

Or if you prefer the whole movie, at 19m 15s is the first scene. It shows up later in the film also:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFX_Hukjbtw#t=19m15s

 

The concertina player is credited as Tommy Elliott

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0254659/

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Thanks

Leo :D

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It's shown floating away in the harbor as the last scene of the movie.

 

Ah, but do concertinas really float?

Anyone got any experience of submersible concertinas?

 

As Jody says, you could always ask Dave Prebble. Rumour has it that he once accidently dropped his concertina in the Manchester Ship Canal, some years ago, after slipping on the towpath one evening, while on his way home from a session. I believe he managed to retrieve it, stripped it down upon arrival at home, cleaned and dried it out, reassembled it and it played fine again - a brief rendition of Handel's Water Music, no doubt, just to try it out. But you have to be quick! And I also heard tell of a young child, on holiday with his family, who got hold of his father's concertina and dipped it in the swimmimg pool and tried to make bubbles by compressing the bellows, exclaiming "look daddy", as his father watched in horror. :ph34r:

 

Chris

 

Chris

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As Jody says, you could always ask Dave Prebble. Rumour has it that he once accidently dropped his concertina in the Manchester Ship Canal, some years ago, after slipping on the towpath one evening, while on his way home from a session.

One of mine nearly suffered a similar fate, back in 1986. Canal trip (Morris team), with an overnight stop at Upton-upon-Severn. Left the session (last!) and the pub landlord very kindly shone a light onto the towpath. After he switched it off, I took a couple of steps and trod between the towpath and our boat. Luckily, I was able to put the concertina on the towpath. The team rescued me, and checked me over for damage. I still suffer hip problems; compounded by injury to the other one in 2008.

 

Still ..... it could have been worse.

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It's shown floating away in the harbor as the last scene of the movie.

Ah, but do concertinas really float?

Anyone got any experience of submersible concertinas?

No time to look it up right now, but I recall mention in one or more past threads of a Jeffries that took a dip in a canal. :o

 

And I know somebody who "drowned" an Aeola... :blink:

 

Of course they float! Two historical accounts of floating concertinas--off shipwrecks to the shore; must have been hours afloat--in my article on The Concertina at Sea, posted on my website (or in my book!)...link below. One was a floating Jeffries.

 

Dan

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This is getting daft enough to remind of the very first 'Biro' ball-point pens, introduced to the public in the late 1940s'. They were advertised as being ideal for writing 50 fathoms under water .....(or words to that effect).

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