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Looking For Information About A Pre-Wwi German Concertina/bandoneon

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I am completely new to this site (and to concertinas in general). I am here because I recently had my great grandfather's concertina/bandoneon restored and I am interested in learning how to play it but haven't been able to find any sort of chart or information matching this instrument specifically. The only information that I have is that it was purchased in Bavaria prior to WWI (1910-1914 timeframe) and has 26 buttons on the right hand and 21 on the left. I believe it may have been made by Ernst Louis Arnold's company, but haven't been able to positively identify that as such. I would be incredibly grateful for any knowledge that you may have regarding this instrument. I have attached several pictures to this post and have a link to a video made showing this instrument being played (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7wKNYV7OCE). Thank you for any help you may be able to provide.


All the best,






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It looks like a Carlsfelder (or Karlsfelder) type of concertina, and I believe that you're right that it was made by ELA. This type of concertina is not commonly played these days, though there are some players in Germany and Brazil. There's a fingering chart at http://www.musikwissenschaft.uni-wuerzburg.de/fileadmin/_processed_/csm_K-Stimmung1_40cf7b2507.jpg and http://www.musikwissenschaft.uni-wuerzburg.de/fileadmin/_processed_/csm_K-Stimmung2_49fcbf5a65.jpg , which is part of the excellent site http://www.musikwissenschaft.uni-wuerzburg.de/instrumente/organologie/doku/konzertina . There's a 2-volume Carlsfelder instruction book in German that seems to be available here (search for Carslfelder in the little search box) and here and on some other German sites as well.

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Thank you for all the help that you've been able to provide! I just recently made a move for work and wasn't able to bring the instrument with me unfortunately, so it may be a while before I am able to make use of this information. Thanks again!


-Jonathan Rice

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