seanc Posted April 14, 2022 Share Posted April 14, 2022 (edited) Just arrived! So, I heard about all of the duets up for sale from David Cornell’s estate. And I jumped at a 50s Wheatstone. Bob Beimers was fantastic to deal with. And the 55 came in. It is like new condition. That said. A disclaimer for those, like me, that did not know this. I thought all McCanns were the same. apparently not. What I received is a “Chidley” McCann. Apparently this is a different tuning from standard. As I have no McCann experience. This may be a good thing as it seems the layout is more uniform than standard. Initial feelings. Condition perfect. I think this was a safe queen. Probably has seen no use. Action is good. I would not say it is super fast. Closest to the Lachenal or the 50s English I had for a time voice is clear and warm. I would say it does not have the “bark or cut” of my 22 or 20s Aeola. And does not have that reedy, oboe quality of my new model Crane. I would put the voice closest to the mid range Lachenal English (maybe it was a paragon?) I had than anything else. Lows seem kind of “flappy”, if that makes any sense. as I am just pressing buttons and don’t know how to play it. This is just initial findings from looking at a button chart and running some scales. Any insight of standard McCann vs Chidley? also a pic of the 55 button Wheatstone, next to 55 Crane for size compare… the McCann falls into the XXL category. Edited April 14, 2022 by seanc Added more Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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