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Hello, I have discovered this Tanzbar Player Concertina instrument in my Grandmother's attic. I found little information on this. I do not know how to play it although I found it does work. The unit consists of a concertina with reeds. The instrument is operated by perforated paper rolls measuring 4 3|8" wide. 15 rolls alltoghther. Measures 15X9X11" 38X23X28 cm. I would say the condition is fair. The box it came in is very fragle, as it sat in the attic for years. Still closes fine.

I am thinking it was made in 1920. Make with Walnut inlaid sections.

Rolls:

NO. 1157 In The Good Old Summertime~ Waltz~George Evans

NO. 1155 Where the river shannon flows~ James I. Russel

NO. 1151 Dill Pickles ~ Chas Johnson

NO. 1181 College Life~ March and Two-Step~ Henry Frantzen

NO. 1163 Blaze-Away~ March and two-Step~ Abe Holzmann

NO. 1464 Dardanella~ Felix Bernard & S. Black

NO. 1455 I wanna go where you go, Do what you do Then I'll be happy~Cliff Friend

NO. 1136 Under the Double Eagle~ March~ J. F. Wagner

NO. 1133 Happy Heine~ Two-Step and March~Bodewalt Lampe

NO. 1044 The American Patrol~ A. B. Crayburg (can't hardly read this one not sure if it is correct)

NO.1007 Caralleria Rusticana~ Inermezzo (not sure about this one either!)

And the other 4 rolls I can not read at all. The paper lable has been removed.

Any offers or information would be greatly apprieciated!

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Do you have a photograph of it? Is it hexagnol?

Howie,

 

Here are a couple of pictures of a typical Tanzbär (I put the umlaut in this time, ok Jim ? ;) ), which is the most frequently encountered model of self-playing concertina :

 

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Such instruments were made in Germany and are usually rectangular in shape, as were most of the larger German concertinas. This shape allowed more room for installing the mechanism.

 

Though I have seen a 1931 advertisement for a hexagonal model :

 

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Though I have seen a 1931 advertisement for a hexagonal model :

 

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Stephen, I came across one of these with the hexagonal endes in Northern California at an antique store in the late 1970's. It was beautiful but only had one player roll. I was in no finacial position to make a purchase at the time, but have always remembered it. In fact I was just about to make a post asking if anyone else had seen these instruments. Thank you for the information.

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  • 2 months later...
Have you sold your concertina?  If not what are you asking for it?  Thanks, Rick
my email is shawsmithey@sbcglobal.net  Thanks, Rick.
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Hello, I have discovered this Tanzbar Player Concertina instrument in my Grandmother's attic. I found little information on this. I do not know how to play it although I found it does work. The unit consists of a concertina with reeds. The instrument is operated by perforated paper rolls measuring 4 3|8" wide. 15 rolls alltoghther. Measures 15X9X11"  38X23X28 cm. I would say the condition is fair. The box it came in is very fragle, as it sat in the attic for years. Still closes fine.

I am thinking it was made in 1920. Make with Walnut inlaid sections.

Rolls:

NO. 1157 In The Good Old Summertime~ Waltz~George Evans

NO. 1155 Where the river shannon flows~ James I. Russel

NO.  1151 Dill Pickles ~ Chas Johnson

NO. 1181 College Life~ March and Two-Step~ Henry Frantzen

NO. 1163 Blaze-Away~ March and two-Step~ Abe Holzmann

NO. 1464 Dardanella~ Felix Bernard & S. Black

NO. 1455 I wanna go where you go, Do what you do Then I'll be happy~Cliff Friend

NO. 1136 Under the Double Eagle~ March~ J. F. Wagner

NO. 1133 Happy Heine~ Two-Step and March~Bodewalt Lampe

NO. 1044 The American Patrol~ A. B. Crayburg (can't hardly read this one not sure if it is correct)

NO.1007 Caralleria Rusticana~ Inermezzo (not sure about this one either!)

And the other 4 rolls I can not read at all. The paper lable has been removed.

Any offers or information would be greatly apprieciated!

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  • 4 years later...

I'm reviving this old thread because I've just come across (while looking for something else, naturally) a copy of the ICA Newsletter for January 1986 which includes this piece about the Tanzbar:

 

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£1500 in the 1980s would have been a significant amount of money.

 

The newsletter also contains an obituary for Andrew Blakeney-Edwards and an interview with the New Mexborough Quartet.

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