reg Posted August 20, 2009 Share Posted August 20, 2009 I understand a bit more about this maker from reading some posts here that someone from another forum linked me to. I found this concertina at an estate sale. I've only ever owned one other concertina and it was another odd one. I gave up trying to play my previous find and finally sold it out of frustration. When I saw this one for sale, I looked upon my good fortune as another chance to get involved with playing once again. This one has 24 buttons per side and is set up as an anglo, not an english, style instrument. After reading some of the posts here I decided to open it up to inspect the inside. It has just six screws per side holding the metal plate and ends onto the bellows. It looks to have steel reeds and they all seem in good condition (no rust). That's remarkable given the age of this. I'm uncertain as to how to explore the opposite side (inside the bellows) except through the hole and won't try to disassemble this any further. On the metal ends inside an oval area is stamped W JEFFRIES MAKER 38. Craven Park <-(Craven Park was stamped in a script style font) LONDON. N. W. This concertina seems in playable condition. I'm not a player, yet. I checked to see that all of the reeds worked and found that they all worked but one reed on the bass side. The reed won't sound when the bellows are pulled but it does when the bellows are pushed. Not being a player, I can't attest as to how well they might all work or the quality of the sound. That determination might be best left to someone with a trained ear and/or a background in the art. But being a musician, I can say that they all seem to function well, well, except for the one. I'm not certain what the problem might be. The rest of the reeds all have a bright and rather loud sound. The left side has bass notes that seem to go down quite low, while the right side has higher notes. The lowest notes on the left are at the bottom of the four rows of six buttons. The low notes on the right side are at the top of the four rows of six buttons. While examining the reeds I noticed that some of the leathers seemed in newer condition than others. Perhaps it's been kept in good playable condition by its previous owner. I don't know why the one reed was not functioning when all else seemed to work fine. It came in what appears to be it's original leather case. The handle of the case had a bit of twine inside. It was probably used to form the rest of the handle around. I noticed that the twine in the handle had two small pieces of news paper wrapped around it. I unraveled the paper and was surprised to see that it held some advertising that dates back to the late 1880s and early 1900s. An ad for a shipping line out of London called The Nelson Liners was on one of the pieces of paper. There was also part of the sports section that mentioned the Barnsley Club. Upon looking this reference up, I was surprised to learn that it was started in the late 1800s. That's about all that I can offer about this unusual concertina at this time. I'll try to offer pictures later. Many thanks for your info and input about this. Was W. for William? Reg Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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