Repairing my H. Crabb & Son concertina

I bought a H. Crabb & Son anglo concertina through eBay last month. It seems to be made circa 1951.

It has traditional concertina reeds. I don't know any other concertina makers that used traditional concertina reeds in 1950s or 1960s.

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I think there were high-end Crabb concertinas that were as good as Jeffries around 1900. But this Crabb isn't so responsive though it's worth the price. I guess it's as good as a Lachenal that I had before.

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Because it had some flaws, I fixed them.

First, I attached felt to the reed pan and the bellows frame so that air doesn't leak from gaps in the reed chambers.

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Second, I adjusted gaps between the reed tongues and the reed frames using Tuning Bellows.

Third, I tuned the fourteen reeds that weren't in tune, using Tuning Bellows and files. It took about half a day.

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Fourth, I replaced the old pads.

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Fifth, I replaced old and worn-out hand straps.

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It took about two days for me to repair this Crabb. I enjoyed repairing it very much as usual.

I played a set dance using this Crabb. I like its tone.

(Reels) The Green Groves of Erin, The Flowers of Red Hill - Flute

I learned these reels many years ago. You can find this set in "The First Album" by the Bothy Band.

I played my Grinter D flute.

(Reels) Lucy Campbell, The Boys of Ballisodare - Flute

I learned this set from "An Historic Recording of Irish Traditional Music from County Clare and East Galway" by Paddy Canny, P.J. Hayes, Peadar O'Loughlin and Bridie Lafferty.

I played my Grinter D flute.

Anglo concertina: H. Crabb and Son

I bought a used C/G Crabb anglo concertina through eBay in April, 2015.

Layout : Wheatstone layout
Reedpan : Parallel reedpan
Bellows : 6 fold bellows
Ends : Flat metal ends
Keys : 31 metal keys

It's not so old...it was made in 1951. It has lovely tone.

It is less responsive than the Crabb we had before, but it's much less expensive!

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(Hornpipes) The Fairy Queen, The Locomotive - Flute

I guess I learned this set from my friend. Tommy Peoples played it on the fiddle in "Maiden Voyage - Live Traditional Irish Music Session from Pepper's Bar, Feakle, Co. Clare." It's a great set though both tunes are difficult for me to play on the flute... I have to use G sharp key!

I played my Grinter flute.

(Jigs) Paddy Taylor's, Paddy Taylor's - Flute

I think I learned both tunes from my friends. They were composed by Paddy Taylor (1914-1976), who was a famous flute player.

They are good tunes though they are a little difficult for me to play smoothly.

I played my Grinter flute.

(Hornpipes) The Beeswing, Cooley's - Concertina

I learned the first tune from my friends in January. It was pretty difficult for me to play on the concertina!

I played a Jeffries C/G concertina.

(Reels) Esther's Arrival, Con McGinley's - Flute

I learned this set from "Maiden Voyage - Live Traditional Irish Music Session from Pepper's Bar, Feakle, Co. Clare." It was a little difficult for me to play on the flute. But it's a good set!

I played my Grinter D flute.

(Polkas) The Gullane, Downey's, The Roundabout - Flute

I had recorded three polkas using my Hamilton flute before I sold it.

(Slides) Liz Kelly's, Dan O'Keefe's - Flute

I played my Cochran flute made of Delrin.

«(Barndances) Mick Carr's, Dermot McLaughlin's - Concertina

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