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For those who haven't noticed yet: there is a fine big Wheatstone Aeola for sale on ebay http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Wheatstone-English-concertina-Aeola-/111024160648?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item19d98e3f88

 

I contacted the seller. It is in fact a baritone-treble, down to F, 9" across, the number is 28617.

 

I'm only looking for a bass-baritone Aeola, so I will let this one pass ^_^ Any offers?

 

 

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Like Conzertino I too have been in touch with the seller whose responses ring true as those of a serious concertina player. Indeed they were very helpful, informative and prompt.The instrument apparently originates from Chris Algar in the 1980s and used to be played by the seller in a West Country concertina group.

 

If there is/are anyone out there who knows the instrument in this context their impression would be very helpful information with which to triangulate the other information for what seems to be a genuine sale (shame it wasn't offered via C-net first!)

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Caution is advised IMO - seller has 0 feedback

 

Nah, Steve. I personally know the seller, Gerry Mogg. He offered it to me last year but sadly, I couldn't afford it.

 

Chris

Great! Glad to hear it's a bona fide sale.

 

Of course that isn't apparent from the listing, especially given the lack of feedback and such a high value first item.

 

Is this a baritone-treble with the middle C on the left shifted forward 1 row? Or does it appear beneath the left thumbstrap and centred on the middle of the strap as with a treble?

I'm curious because my B-T is configured with the C shifted.

 

Steve

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I have a 64 key Treble Baritone Aeola which I bough from Crabb around 40 years ago. I paid £160 for it. He had a tenor treble but that was £180. It's a useful instrument.Mine is ebony ended.

 

The "natural" fingering position is the same as a treble but with the extra bass notes - down to F, so it's like a tenor treble but with an extra row of notes.

 

I know someone with a "mirror image instrument" which plays an octave below so the fingering is like having a 64 key treble piccolo which plays an octave below. So here, "normal" fingering would be a treble which plays an octave below. Another quite useful instrument.

 

I do no know which way round the eBay one is but it is sensibly priced for such a magnificent box. I hope it goes to a good home,

 

Colin

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Is this a baritone-treble with the middle C on the left shifted forward 1 row? Or does it appear beneath the left thumbstrap and centred on the middle of the strap as with a treble?

I'm curious because my B-T is configured with the C shifted.

 

From the photo it looks like the button array is positioned exactly as on my own baritone-treble, which is what you're calling "shifted". I.e., relative to the thumbstrap, all the notes are positioned one row "higher" than on my 64-button tenor-treble. On my two instruments, it's the positioning of the array of buttons that's the same, not the positioning of the individual pitches.

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Perhaps the size put people off, 8.75 inches across is a big lump, even in comparison to a Tennor/Treble, to have swinging off your thumbs. I was offered one last year for £1000 more than this . I would like to have one but, as I have said before, the Little Finger Rests are standard size and they make the reach to the top of the keyboard only ideal for people with long fingers. My 56 B/T has the long Rests which terminate at the same position as on a standard Treble even though it does not have the high notes of a 64 I find it difficult to do anything complicated at the high notes end, well, more difficult than on a standard Treble or TT.

 

Geoff.

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