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Old Grizzly Concertina Bands (46) RE: Concertina Bands 30 Jan 07

Hi Guys,

I had a sad experience a couple of years ago. I met a woman in Doncaster whose family had been involved in the Mexbro' band since it's inception. As succeeding generations died off, all the concertina ephemora and some instruments, were passed on within the family and eventually all ended up at her Uncle's house. When he died, she had to clear the house and about 25 tea chests of the band's history went into a skip (dumpster). This included minutes etc from all the meetings, hundreds of photos a box of reel to reel tapes, instrument receipts, accounts, programmes, press cuttings and music scores by the thousand.
The instruments went, of course, to the concertina 'magnet' Chris Algar and so they at least were saved. If only I had met the woman 3 weeks earlier.......

The fartaphone remains a 'job in waiting' I have ample repair and restoration work for other folks to keep me going, ..... one day perhaps...
I am well aware that steel reeds would certainly give better response than brass but it seems a shame not to have a try with the brass Harmonium reeds I have to hand. I am more and more coming round to 'biting the bullet' and making a set of steel reeds and was talking with Geoff Crabb the other day about some of the particular problems of making and housing such colossal reeds ...
I do like a challenge and am aiming at a 30 key Bass Anglo. I drew up a rough plan a couple of years ago and the reed size and the need to hang the reeds vertically dictated a concertina with something like 14" across the flats !!

As Alan hinted, I am sylph-like 20+ stone with a 54" chest but even I would not want to play a box that size for too long at a stretch :o)

Regards to all

Dave Prebble

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