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One of our dancers is retiring, so he has dug out the 36-button CG Crabb Anglo his mum (*) bought in

the 1960s in order to 'join the band'. (The family lived a couple of streets away from the Crabb workshop).

 

It has only been used occasionally in the past 25 yeas, so needs a re-furbish. Questions:

 

1) will he be able to replace the tooled leather straps (with the Crabb name on them, apparently)?

2) is there anyone in the area of Manchester, or within reasonable distance by public transport,

   who can service the instrument? He doesn't want to put the thing in the post, and wants to visit

   'in person'. From what he says, it needs new straps (see 1 above), opening up and cleaning, reeds

   checking for corrosion and possible fine-tuning. I don't know what tuning it is in.

 

I can suggest a couple of fettlers who can deal with 2), but just in case I have missed any, perhaps

folks could add their suggestions...

 

Thanks.

 

Roger

 

(*) I wish my mum had bought me a Crabb!

  

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I'm not sure of journey times, but Dave Elliott is in Sheffield.

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It's possible Geoff Crabb might still have the stamp for branding the straps.

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On 11/1/2019 at 6:09 AM, lachenal74693 said:

 

2) is there anyone in the area of Manchester, or within reasonable distance by public transport,

   who can service the instrument? He doesn't want to put the thing in the post, and wants to visit

   'in person'. From what he says, it needs new straps (see 1 above), opening up and cleaning, reeds

   checking for corrosion and possible fine-tuning. I don't know what tuning it is in.

 

I can suggest a couple of fettlers who can deal with 2), but just in case I have missed any, perhaps

folks could add their suggestions...

  

 

Alex himself is only 20 - 25 miles away, if he's not too busy making new instruments. But I expect you'd already thought of him.

 

LJ

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6 hours ago, Little John said:

Alex himself is only 20 - 25 miles away...

 

Aye, AH was included in the list of about 6 which I passed on...

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I live not far from the Flouch end of the Woodhead Pass, Manchester is a big place, but I usually allow about 45 mins, plus whatever to get to where I need to go in Manchester itself. I see you are in Urmston, I was in digs there in the late 1960's, its a small, and now hexagonal world.

 

Dave

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15 hours ago, d.elliott said:

I live not far from the Flouch end of the Woodhead Pass, Manchester is a big place, but I usually allow about 45 mins,

plus whatever to get to where I need to go in Manchester itself. I see you are in Urmston, I was in digs there in the late

1960's, its a small, and now hexagonal world.

 

Thanks for making your location clear.

 

I've passed the information along to Frank, and I'll see him (and the Crabb!) at practice tonight. I've advised him to buy a

copy of your book too - do I get a small commission if he buys 😎 ?

 

Urmston: Aye, I moved away in 1968 (for 46 years) and moved back 4 years ago. Sounds like you may have been there

about the time I pushed off to college...

 

Apropos nothing at all: I recently read that, after deserting from the army during WWII, weel-kent Salfordian and wanna-be

Scot Jimmie Miller (a.k.a. Ewan MacColl) spent the war years hiding in a house in Manor Avenue, Urmston, less than a mile

from where I'm sitting. Small, hexagonal, but interesting place, Urmston...

 

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Then there was the Nag's Head, Mild & Bitter and the Manchester board in the back room, too much of my grant was passed over that bar

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On 11/9/2019 at 3:58 PM, d.elliott said:

Then there was the Nag's Head, Mild & Bitter and the Manchester board in the back room, too much of my

grant was passed over that bar

Yes, the Nag recently re-opened after a major face-lift. I haven't been in yet, but they are reported to be selling

bitter at less than £2.50 per pint... No doubt you will also remember the Moss Vale, the Garrick, the Nelson, the

Roebuck, etc. I digress - enough!

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