odonovanchris Posted August 25, 2020 Share Posted August 25, 2020 Hi. This is my first post here but I've been a member over at melnet for a while. I'm new to the concertina and I feel this is the best place to ask my questions: So I just purchased this concertina from a gentleman in Canada and it's currently in transit (waiting patiently). I did quite a bit of research on Jeffries instruments but I was unable to come across another example like this one with 4 rows and 5 buttons on each row. I confirmed it's an anglo (diatonic). He played scales on each row and they appear to be the major scales of C#, B, A and F# from the inside out on the right-hand side. I will confirm this when it arrives. The tuning is certainly non-standard pitch. I tried finding a similar chart online but I'm completely at a loss - nothing matches. So I'm wondering if anyone knows what sort of tuning it would be? I'm assuming it's to match the brass band so is probably a flat key. A bit of ownership history from the seller: First owner was Herbert Booth (son of William Booth - founder of the Salvation Army) who brought it over from England to Canada Second owner Colonel Potts. Third owner Colonel Potts' Daughter who didn't play it and kept it in storage for approx. 20 years. Then to the most recent owner who didn't play either and had it stored in its box for over 30 years. And now it's on the way to me. I would be grateful for some insights into the following questions: - Any inkling on tuning based on my vague description above? - Why the 4 rows? Aren't they usually 3 rows? I've seen some 4-rows but with more notes per row. - I notice there's a baffle material behind the metal grille which looks non-original. There is some brown staining near the metal on this material. Could it be corrosion of the metal or does the material typically brown over time or if wetted? I've seen this on accordions but without the associated corrosion. I'm hoping the baffle protected the internals from dust & moisture etc. - Does the "C. Jeffries Maker 23 Praed St, London W" stamp indicate pre-1900 manufacture date? My research of Herbert Booth found that he arrived in Canada in 1892 so he likely purchased it prior to that trip (my guess). Any info would be much appreciated. I'll post more photos below since there's an upload limit. Thanks! Chris Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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