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Opinions on Dave Leggett concertinas?


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Hello, I may have an opportunity to purchase a unique smaller concertina by Dave Leggett, but I cannot play it in advance due to being in the wrong country.  I understand he used to be a member here and sadly passed away a few years ago.  He made a few instruments and I am wondering if anyone has opinions on what they were like regarding playability and general construction.  There isn't much available on the internet as far as I can see.  Thank you!

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Last year, before Dave passed away, I bought a half completed 5" 26 key Anglo from him. I am now getting near its' completion having too much time on my hands here in England.

 

What I can say with absolute certainty is that Dave was a very knowledgeable craftsman of the highest order. He was a skilled jeweller and this shows in his attention to small details. Each part of the instrument was made by Dave, in his own workshop, and finished to a high standard.  He made his own reeds for special projects, both frames and tongues and my box has the distinction of having some reeds which I completed with spring steel supplied by Dave, from the makers of the Spitting Image puppets.

 

Once this box is completed I will post photos on here.

 

Regards,

 

Mike

 

 

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Thanks Mike.  That makes me feel better about buying this box from a distance.  It is shipping Monday, will take a few days plus customs clearance, and then I will report in!

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Just before he passed, I had the good fortune to work with Dave Leggett on publishing his book of songs, tunes and poems titled Ditty Box. If you'll send me a PM with your address I'll make sure to send you one to go with your new Leggett concertina!


Gary

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