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Restored Wheatstone Bass

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Here is a Wheatstone 29 key bass I've almost finished restoring.

All that's left now is fine tuning.

 

I've made new ends for this 'tina - the original ends were smashed.

 

This 'tina has large resonance chambers giving it a very rich bass sound.

Single action.

Low F in G# position of right hand.

 

Serial number is 24699 - so made in 1909.

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Looks like you have done a beautifull job of restoration Steve!

Congratulations.... and are you looking for work ?

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@Geoff - thanks - I've no plans to take on any work right now

 

@Mike - playing bass is new to me and I'm working on a few ideas - I'll try and post something soon

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Here is a Wheatstone 29 key bass I've almost finished restoring.

 

Interesting to me is that it's a Wheatstone. In my (limited) experience, Wheatstone basses go down to cello C. The ones I've seen that descend to the G below (i.e., 2 octaves below the low G of a treble) have all been Lachenals. Also, the old Wheatstone price lists don't include an entry for such a "G-bass" (as some call it; calling the others "C-bass"), though they do indicate the possibility of a "contra bass" an octave lower than the "bass". (My own G-bass is a 35-button double-action Lachenal. My C-bass is a 56-button double action Aeola. And 40 years ago I got to handle a 48-button double action Edeophone, which I think I remember was a G-bass.)

 

So I'm curious, and I hope those of you with more experience can tell me: How common were/are G-basses in comparison to C-basses, and is there any significant difference in the ratios between Lachenal and Wheatstone?

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FWIW this bass used to play in the Oldham Concertina Band - lead by Joseph Astley.

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