MatthewVanitas Posted November 25, 2013 Share Posted November 25, 2013 In a post from a few years back, Wim mentioned how sales of his Elise were picking up over time, and sales of Rochelles proportionally lower, partially because a buyer unfamiliar with concertinas in general had a tendency to gravitate towards Duet as being a logical-sounding system. I found this pretty interesting, partially because (although aware of English and Anglo for a decade before) I found Duet really appealing once I became aware of it, and bought an Elise shortly thereafter. It got me to thinking: so there was a general decline in concertina sales around WWII and thereafter, increasing somewhat during the Folk Revival. Did Duets do any much trade in that post-WWII period? Is there a general point in time where major makers largely gave up on making Duets? I know that onesie-twosie Crabb, Wheatstone, and others made some Duets in the 1960s-1980s (including the famous set of 10 Dickinson Wheatstone Haydens), but was the Duet era largely over by then? Is there a particular point where it bottomed out, prior to taking some slight incline when Stagi/Bastari made some square and hexagonal boxes? And am I right in assuming that Wim's fielding the Elise has represented the biggest surge in Duet sales since probably pre-WWII? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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