JimLucas Posted September 23, 2014 Share Posted September 23, 2014 cranes are quite rare, and metal-ended even more so, apparently....all the more for edeos... Judging by eBay, the "scarcity" -- which I think may be more accurate than "rarity" -- of Cranes varies. A couple of years ago I recall seeing three 48-button Cranes for auction at the same time. I know of a couple of 55-button New Model Cranes besides my own that were never listed on either concertina.net or eBay. All admittedly "ebony"-ended, though I've had three New Model Maccanns -- a 70-button (actually 69+baby cry) and two 55s, -- and all have been metal-ended. So maybe there were quite a few metal-ended Cranes, too, but they just haven't (yet?) shown up on eBay? There have been some bmore-than-55-button Cranes on eBay (I don't recall how recently), and I believe most (if not all) have been metal-ended Crabbs. My own 59-button Jeffries-label Crane is metal ended, and I've come across at least three more... also never listed for sale either here or on eBay. (I got my own many years ago at the Northeast Squeeze-In, where somebody offered it for sale.) I know lots of Cranes -- or "Triumphs" -- were made for the Salvation Army, and my own New Model has serial number 3027, so Lachenal must have made at least that many. (I believe it was established a while ago that Lachenal had separate serial runs for Cranes and Maccanns.) Not as many as Maccanns, but still quite a few, so I think it makes more sense to wonder why they aren't flooding eBay than to assume that they don't exist. As for Edeophone Cranes, I only recall ever seeing one, which I owned for a while, and it had "ebony" ends. But unless that's the only one ever made, one can hardly draw any valid statistical conclusions from it. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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