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Mike Hulme

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Hello!

 

I have just acquired a Wheatstone 32 key Linota Anglo instrument dating from 1920. From the Wheatstone Ledgers (SD01, 1919 - 1920, p. 140) I have found that 43 is written just before the Serial Number (28487). Both ends have this written internally, adjacent to the stamped matching Serial Numbers. I have attached a photo.

 

I assume that the 43 is a production number, but having read about model numbers on the forum here I would like to determine how this instrument is designated. After searching through the ledgers am I correct in thinking that the 32 key model first appeared in 1919? - I cannot find any earlier references to a 32 key being sold.

 

It needs some work; valves, grommets and attention to reeds, etc. but I think it will be nice once fettled.

 

Any insights would be appreciated.

 

Thanks,

 

Mike

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Hello!

 

I have just acquired a Wheatstone 32 key Linota Anglo instrument dating from 1920. From the Wheatstone Ledgers (SD01, 1919 - 1920, p. 140) I have found that 43 is written just before the Serial Number (28487). Both ends have this written internally, adjacent to the stamped matching Serial Numbers. I have attached a photo.

 

I assume that the 43 is a production number, but having read about model numbers on the forum here I would like to determine how this instrument is designated. After searching through the ledgers am I correct in thinking that the 32 key model first appeared in 1919? - I cannot find any earlier references to a 32 key being sold.

 

It needs some work; valves, grommets and attention to reeds, etc. but I think it will be nice once fettled.

 

Any insights would be appreciated.

 

Thanks,

 

Mike

 

[Moderator note: Mike posted a duplicate thread with the image, which I have merged in here - sorry they are out of order! - Ken]

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to note merging of threads

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Thanks for the info David. This concertina has been in the hands of one family since new and has never been played around with. It is currently playing sharp of concert pitch, which Geoff Wooff says is a good sign of not being tampered with. I am a complete novice on this instrument but realise that my best chance of learning to play involves as good an instrument as I can get.

 

Having opened it up I can see it needs some new valves which have curled, three on the small reeds are missing (if they were ever fitted) and there is some spotting and crud deposits on the steel reeds. I will be asking for advice on the making and repairing forum shortly!

 

Cheers,

 

Mike

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Having opened it up I can see it needs some new valves which have curled, three on the small reeds are missing (if they were ever fitted) and there is some spotting and crud deposits on the steel reeds. I will be asking for advice on the making and repairing forum shortly!

No valves on the smallest reeds is normal.

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Taking all things into consideration I decided to let someone more experienced do the necessary work, and Mark Adey will be sending my instrument back on Monday, retuned to concert pitch with new pads and valves. Then it will be a case of learning to play the thing.

 

Are there any Anglo players around Liverpool (UK) able to put this through its' paces?

 

Cheers,

 

Mike

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