david robertson Posted October 18, 2014 Share Posted October 18, 2014 I never cease to be astonished by the bizarre things that people do to concertinas, but this one surely takes the Garibaldi. It's a 65-key Crane Aeola, No. 28423, listed in the ledgers as a special. I assumed that this would be because it has English-type thumb-straps and finger rests rather than the usual hand-straps. However, when I started on the reed work, I discovered just how "special" it is. On the right hand, the third and fourth rows have been switched - 1-2-4-3-5. On the left, though, things get much more complex. The outer, accidental rows have been switched, and then all three of the inner rows have been moved too, so the order is 5-4-2-3-1. The strangest thing is that the instrument clearly left the Wheatstone factory with this bizarre configuration. Has anyone seen anything like this before, or can any Crane driver suggest why anyone might think that it would be an improvement on the conventional layout? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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