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Searching for my great-aunt's concertina


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Pretty hopeless, but my great aunt Ida Stern played English concertina in Brooklyn at least till the 1960s and 70s.  I don't know if she brought it from Russia.  My Mom had it after that and sold it to a music store in Oakdale, NY, which store doesn't exist anymore.  This picture shows her with her two sons who played piano and violin, and apparently mandolin.  I know she played in a mandolin orchestra in NYC; back then there were many of those.


If you have any clue about this concertina from the picture, let me know.  I don't have a clearer picture.


Thanks for any ideas!  I play now, though I hated the sound as a kid!




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It's hard to tell much from your photo Judith, though I've manipulated it as best I can to make it clearer:




The instrument is clearly an example of Wheatstone's best, octagonal, Aeola English system concertinas, made (judging by the "Best Ring Label" that's visible) not earlier than mid-1927.

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