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Dear C.netters,

I recently bought this strange little beast.

Despite being pretty well built, having full bone buttons and a metal action,  I don't think that it is English. This is supported by the reed blocks  and the very odd reed chamber set up.

"German", I hear you cry but the pencil marks on the Left and Right ends are 8 B (?) and 8 G respectively. G for left hints French but the B on the right, unless I am misreading it, doesn't. The action pivots also look as if they have been lifted from a Nickolds.

I would be very interested to hear if anyone has come across a concertina like this before.



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I expect the German manufacturer, whoever they were, had access to a Nickolds instrument and copied elements of the design to come up with these.


For that matter, you also get German-made copies of 2-row Lachenal Anglos turning up in England - whilst genuine Lachenal instruments were exported to Germany and available there.

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