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Mister Tedrow,

That Stealth box is mighty classy. The victorian green bellows with gold tooling...stunning. Bravo!

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The early-Victorian green was much brighter and more vivid, the only trouble was that they used arsenic to achieve it.

Yet another reason not to let your pets chew on your bellows. :(

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I must admit that when I saw that one of the finishes was called "sunburst" I was anticipating that it would look similar to the classic Fender sunburst finish used on their electric guitars (example here) - but the concertina is much classier the way it is. The "stealth" box looks gorgeous.

 

Though a concertina kitted up to follow Rickenbacker style cues, with those fabulous teardrop soundholes... now there's an idea. But probably quite a vulgar idea :)

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... I was anticipating that it would look similar to the classic Fender sunburst finish used on their electric guitars ...

 

[Off-topic drift]

 

Hmm... what's the concertina equivalent of a Humbucker pickup?

 

[We now return you to our regularly scheduled topic]

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Hmm... what's the concertina equivalent of a Humbucker pickup?

 

 

 

Actually I once wound myself a single pole Humbucking pickup (i.e. two magnets & two coils) to use when tuning reeds. I found it far better than using a microphone as it only picked up the reed vibrations and not ambient noise.

 

I dread to think of the weight of a concertina with a humbucking pickup on each reed though !

 

 

Clive.

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Ah Ha! I missed the "Stealth" part altogether. Had assumed it refered to the ebony ends (f-18 Stealth fighter), but the olive drab makes sense (however the gold tooling blows the drab part out o the water! :lol: ).

 

Vitorian green much brighter...The only Wheatsone I've laid me mitts on from that period had a similar "olive" colored bellows, 'course she was 143 years old and I had several excellent single malts warmin' me outlook on life under the belt :blink: .

 

Editorial note: Honest, I've no single malt under the hood at this time a' mornin'. Just my "creative" spellin'.....

Edited by Mark Evans

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Ah Ha!  I missed the "Stealth" part altogether.  Had assumed it refered to the ebony ends (f-18 Stealth fighter) ...

Do you mean they started to put ebony ends on f-18's ? That must really confuse the enemy radar ! :blink:

 

I assumed the name derived from the black buttons against the ebony ends - so you can't find 'em ! :angry: (I'm always having that problem, and mine aren't even camouflaged.)

 

I guess the olive drab is the "finishing touch" ?

 

... but the olive drab makes sense (however the gold tooling blows the drab part out o the water! :lol: ).

Did you never hear of "dazzle" camouflage ?

 

Vitorian green much brighter...The only Wheatsone I've laid me mitts on from that period had a similar "olive" colored bellows, 'course she was 143 years old

A grand old dame then, but they can still be very vivid !

 

... and I had several excellent single malts warmin' me outlook on life under the belt :blink: .

 

Editorial note: Honest, I've no single malt under the hood at this time a' mornin'. Just my "creative" spellin'.....

I know people who see everything "more darkly" after a few whiskeys (Irish spelling, not "creative" !) :P

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No, I'm afraid that after a few drams of me single malt...all's right wid da world and it's amazin' how well I think I can play <_< .

 

I've become rather fond of my black buttons on the Morse, whiskey or no. The little devils do start hidin' as an evening wears on though :blink: .

Edited by Mark Evans

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No, I'm afraid that after a few drams of me single malt...all's right wid da world and it's amazin' how well I think I can play <_< .

 

I've become rather fond of my black buttons on the Morse, whiskey or no.  The little devils do start hidin' as an evening wears on though :blink: .

 

Did I hear that you are hiding in evening wear?

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There's a nasty little rumor about that....not so much that I play Irish, but that I abuse it :( .

 

Now back to topic thread for a moment... That little Stealth anglo looks to be nicely small. I'll wager it's not 6 inches across and if that be the case me harties, what kinda reeds be lurkin' therein...Aargh!

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I must confess, I love to see that gold tooling. It adds something special. I think the only thing that lets these instruments down is the ugly fastenings. Shiny nickel (or brass) end bolts and handstrap screws in a less clumpy design would finish these instruments off beautifully.

 

I assume slot bolts have been avoided so that there will be less end damage. I think bolts with 'Robinson' type ends would look classier though.

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[i think the only thing that lets these instruments down is the ugly fastenings. Shiny nickel (or brass) end bolts and handstrap screws in a less clumpy design would finish these instruments off beautifully.]

 

personally I like these type of fastenings on my tedrow.

There are quite secure and efficient. I also like the look.

I don't know if I understand the difference between fastenings

and handstrap bolts/screws? What exactly are you describing?

 

patrick

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I mean handstrap bolt/screw and end bolts. They look a bit utilitarian to me. maybe they look better in real life. I would have expected the they would be decorative but they seem a bit out of scale in the pictures compared to the ones you see on the better old ones and the other makes.

 

I'm sure it's just a question of taste but that's my twopenn'orth

Edited by Paul Read

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