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Wheatstone anglo C/G 40 button

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An unusual 40 button Wheatstone anglo in C/G, 6-fold bellows, serial number 57074, mid 1950s, concert pitch, bought in 2008 from Barleycorn.





According to Barleycorn at the time of sale, this is from a period when Wheatstone were starting to use a new type of (lower quality) reed and lighter bodies, but somehow this instrument got through with the best of both -- previous generation, higher quality reeds but with a nicely light body. It is chirpy, quick and bright, but is capable of a softness and mellowness of tone which I haven't heard on many instruments in this price range. This is why I bought it in the first place (as well as the extra buttons). Originally bought to play professionally, mostly in theatre, and has been well looked after in smoke-free, pet-free homes. A really lovely instrument which I am sad to sell, but I can't justify having such a fine model for only the occasional session.
It will need some (re-) playing in, as it hasn't been played too regularly in the last couple of years. There is a G# on the left hand which occasionally sounds a little raspy and should be looked at, and one of the extra keys on the right hand (E/D) sometimes sticks open, but I think this is likely due to the action being underused and will resolve with playing.
Very happy to skype/send recordings/more photos/have people round to the garden to play it/post internationally. Am based in central London.
Exact (insured and tracked) postage costs TBC depending on buyer's location.
Exchanges / part-exchanges for an English TT considered.

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