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Stephen Selby

Wheatstone Re-Me Serial Numbers

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When Whetstone re-built old instruments in the 1950s, did they give the reed pans a new serial number?

 

I have an Aeola 81 button McCann Chidley variation duet. The serial number on the nickel-silver end is 25260 (1911 production ), but the number on the reed pan is 88.

 

For a Chidley duet lay-out, it must have been modified post-1950. There are no papers on the reed pan.

 

Alternatively, this is a post-1950 duet and someone has put old ends on it. The ends seem to have been re-plated.

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I have an Aeola 81 button McCann Chidley variation duet. The serial number on the nickel-silver end is 25260 (1911 production ), but the number on the reed pan is 88.

 

Such a low number on the reed pan would be a batch number during construction, not a serial number, so there's nothing unusual about the two being different.

 

My own 81-button (80+air) Maccann, which was apparently rebuilt in the 1950s, does have two different serial numbers, but it also has two separate serial-number entries in the Wheatstone ledgers, and each entry names the other serial number.

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