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On 3/22/2007 at 2:10 PM, Greg Jowaisas said:

OK. I followed the morning tea with a "big" cup of coffee and (of course) an english! muffin. Here's is what I found:

 

1) 55key black duet for 1910

4) 55key black duets for 1911

😎 55key duets for 1912 (three of which were in sequence beginning (sic ending ?? )with #25654

 

Now, what makes things vague is that the 1910 pricelist

http://www.concertina.com/pricelists/wheat...-Duet-c1910.pdf

has 55b and 56b duet instruments listed!

 

So I don't know if an air button was counted or even on some instruments which might be macaans or cranes. Bob Gaskins also has a diagram for a 55b Macann and says it is called a 56b in a 1930 pricelist:

http://www.concertina.com/pricelists/wheat...-Duet-c1910.pdf

 

In the "that's interesting" column I noted a 2", 8 key mini; six! 81b duets; a "special Oates? phone #25559;

and #25619 which has 84 keys and P.F. fingering.

 

I'm out of coffee and need to practice.

 

Greg

To add to the sum of all knowledge......25654, is a McCann....as it turns out.....rather than a Crane ? ( not connected with listing)

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Wheatstone-English-Concertina-55-Key-Special/273727825478?hash=item3fbb732646:g:oMcAAOSwciNccw44:rk:3:pf:1&frcectupt=true 

 

http://www.horniman.info/DKNSARC/SD01/PAGES/D1P0270S.HTM

 

Time brings all things to my mind....

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I believe it is a std 55b Maccann, though didn't Wheatstone just call them Duets?  I'm attaching a layout.  Should be just like my smaller Lachenal 55b.

Gaskins-How-to-Play-Chords-on-Any-MacCann-Duet-Concertina-3.jpg

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My 68 key Aeola crane no 31657 is in pride of place in my collection being  tortoiseshell and gold , it is three nos away from my baritone of the same materials.

Mike

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My 68 key Aeola crane duet  serial no 31657 is a tortoiseshell  with gold fittings it is three nos less than my baritone in the same materials.

Mike

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If it adds anything, my Lachenal Crane system duet has 48 steel buttons, flat ebonized ends, Lachenal's 'English Trade Mark' with reed shoe on one wrist block. The serial number is 576. Width across the ends is about 7".

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