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Following on from the Aeola 64 key baritone-treble concertina, serial number 28617, that was recently sold on Ebay, I came across a link to a Canadian website with an article about concertinas. By coincindence, it happens to feature the next concertina down in the ledgers from 28617, 28618, also a 64 key baritone-treble, which has survived and is owned by someone in Canada. Both are wrongly marked in the ledgers as a model 20, which is a baritone only. It should be a model 16. There is also quite a bit on the history of concertinas, albeit with the odd mistake here and there. Quite possibly, these big Aeolas were made specially as band instruments, either for playing in concertina bands or for the Salvation Army. Here is the website address.




Chris

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I too scolled down and was surprised to find myself referenced on this web site as a concertina player in Canada (Paul Reed too).

I lead an English session in Toronto and was (secretly) gratified to notice last week at one stage we had 6 concertinas and one guitar playing.

............the breakdown was five anglos and one intellectual !

Robin

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Interesting to see a photo of the Shackleton Endurance expediton in 1914 showing a crew member with a concertina. that would partly explain the presence of concerrtina references in the book of the expedition, which I recently posted in the concertinas in literature topic.

 

- John

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