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*SOLD* early tutor model english - spares/restoration


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Hi I’m selling this english tutor model in unrestored condition. It has a Wheatstone label but the action is hook and pivot. Serial number 7659. Not sure if the reeds are steel or nickel silver. All the buttons, bolts, and screws are there. Only 1 reed tongue and 1 reed screw missing from the right reedpan. Doesn’t have a case. Please do use the photos to get an idea of what it needs. It is being sold as a restoration project or spares.


I’m asking £150 for it - postage included, within the UK only preferably. Paypal accepted, will donate to the forum if sold here. Do send me a private message if interested for more information. 

Thanks for looking.









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Let me start by saying that, regardless of the label, the instrument was made by Louis Lachenal. But that doesn't really matter much because he was making for Wheatstone's in 1857, when Wheatstone #7659 was sold.


However, the end label in this instrument has been changed (probably when the original brass reeds were changed to steel ones) to a "C. Wheatstone, 23, West St., Charing Cross Rd." one, and the "maker's" name and address have been cut off the reedpan labels. Also, I've only seen that action box construction, with undivided sides that are not glued to the pallet board (like a German concertina), on early examples of this model from Louis Lachenal's own production.


So, my conclusion is that this is Louis Lachenal #7659, made c.1861, and it was re-reeded (with steel tongues) by Wheatstone's sometime between 1905 and 1946.

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