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Peter Smith

WTB Crane Concertina with chevron layout – 42 – 55 buttons

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I am looking for a Crane concertina with a chevron layout of the buttons – rather than the curved Butterworth set up.
 

I have a large Crabb Crane with 67 buttons with the chevron layout (see picture) but it’s not very portable due to its size. I am looking to buy a second, smaller Crane with the same layout with between 42 & 55 buttons. My preference would be for a Crabb (or Wheatstone, if they ever made them) but would be interested to see what is available.

 
If you have such a Crane that you are looking to sell, please get in touch. My preference would be to buy from the UK but I'm open to purchasing from abroad.
 
Peter 

Crabb Crane - Chevron layout.jpg

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My wife has a Lachenal  triumph Crane in excellent condition for sale. She is asking £2,450. Please see attached picture. Location Devon UK

Crane concertina pic.jpeg

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23 minutes ago, cassqueeze said:

My wife has a Lachenal  triumph Crane in excellent condition for sale. She is asking £2,450. Please see attached picture. Location Devon UK

Crane concertina pic.jpeg

 

Looks really good. I assume it’s a 55 button Crane.

Could you comment or send me an end on photo? From the photo, it looks like the curved arrangement of buttons, rather than the chevron layout I am seeking.

Thanks

Peter

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Hi Peter, 

 

 Yes it is a 55 button Crane, but curved arrangement of buttons. I looked at my own Crabb Crane and I can see that they do appear more like the chevron than a curve. Incidentally in your machine is the bottom button of the middle row B below the C to the left?  I don't have a button there on mine. 

 

I have played my wife's duet from time to time and though there is a slightly different feel to the curved layout I've not actually found it a problem.

 

Cheers, 

Colin

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Thanks. I have a friend with a Wheatstone Crane with the curved layout, so maybe I will give that a try.

On my Crane, the middle button at the bottom is a B and the outlier on the right is a B flat - both just under middle C.

The other button on the right is the air button.

Regards

Peter

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Hi Peter,

 

When you've looked at your friend's Crane, if you are still interested it might be best to email me direct at bonnygreencolin@gmail.com with a copy to my wife, Sonja, at bonnygreengarden@gmail.com as I shall be out of the country for a couple of weeks from next Monday. She is aware of your interest!

 

Cheers, 

Colin

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