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Grandpa’s Concertina

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Hello! My grandpa had passed away this last year, and my grandma has been going through some of his things. One of which was this concertina. I’m not familiar with this type of  instrument, but it looks like a chemnitzer concertina? Could anyone give further insight? Thank you! 
Pictures here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1130DdNVlFDUSl--AaQsLwiTGvVwHWuTK

 

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Yes, it's a standard 52-key Chemnitzer, though that's not an instrument that most of us here know much about, and I may be the only C.net user who's actually been to the city of Chemnitz, in Saxony (in connection with the concertina exhibition "Sehnsucht aus dem Blasebalg. Concertina & Bandoneon" that I helped the Schloßbergmuseum there with in 2001). We're generally more into English-style concertinas, and especially the ones used in Irish traditional music, though Chemnitzer enthusiast Theodore Kloba (in Chicago) checks in here the odd time.

 

His Cicero Concertina Circle website is not currently being maintained, but you'll find lots of helpful information there: 

https://ciceroconcertina.weebly.com/index.html 

 

And/or you could try sending him a PM via his Concertina.net account.

 

 

Edited by Stephen Chambers

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Looks like this is a fairly high-quality Chemnitzer-style concertina, once very popular for playing polka music in north central USA in places like Chicago, Wisconsin, Minnesota, etc. 

 

Lots of good information in the FAQ section of the Cicero website, also music and instruction info can be found here:

 

https://concertinamusic.com/

 

 

Gary

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