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Can someone identify this Lachenal Model.


Clive Thorne
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2 hours ago, wes williams said:

Thanks for that Mike - there is a Crane in our database with exactly the same number, so another bit of evidence that Maccanns and Cranes started with different series of numbers.

 

I'll just add that Maccann #836 would date from the end of 1890, whilst Crane #836 would be 1910.

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Even more thanks all for all the information.

 

One final question. Can anyone say where this instrument might have sat in the quality league? Particularly with regards to the reeds I guess.

 

Is it worth restoring as it is, or would it better to "repurpose" it?

 

Clive.

 

 

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On 9/24/2022 at 4:50 PM, Clive Thorne said:

One final question. Can anyone say where this instrument might have sat in the quality league? Particularly with regards to the reeds I guess.

 

That's hard to say with the original ends missing, but a photo of the reed-pans (showing the chamois gasket) might give me a clue...

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1 hour ago, Clive Thorne said:

Here you are Stephen.

 

Thanks Clive, that confirms that the instrument started out as one of middling quality, not a professional instrument.

 

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I take it that the darkening of mush of the chamois means that it has been leaking?

 

Yes, quite likely as a result of corner support blocks coming unglued.

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Yet again many thanks. I'll settle for middling quality as, as a 46 key Maccann, I had assumed it was pretty much a starter instrument.

 

Also as a middling instrument I won't feel so bad if I do end up "Repurposing" it.

 

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