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We've had previous discussion about 30-key Anglo-system concertinas branded "Wizard Anglo" turning up, both in England and South Africa (Anglo Wizard and Wizard Anglo On Ebay - Any Thoughts?), which are basically earlier incarnations (with individual lever mechanisms and flat-mounted reeds) of the Bastari/Stagi/Brunner W-15 model.

 

But now a 20-key "Wizard BY Bastari, MADE IN ITALY" German-fingering concertina (it has G-press/D-draw on the lowest button of the G row) has come to light at a Co. Clare rubbish dump (so no previous history known), and I got asked to make it playable as a "starter" instrument for the finder's daughter.

 

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I suppose that complexity in the action allows for simplicity in the ends? ......don’t use simple Lachenalesque rods and hoop pivots, because then the button holes have to be accurate?

 

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