The tenth instrument I built was another Crane duet. It was for John Thornton of Hampshire, the same client who commissioned No. 4. I am fortunate to have several customers who, after receiving their first Holden concertina, immediately placed an order for a second one. No. 10 is very similar in many ways to No. 4, with one obvious difference (metal instead of wooden ends) and a lot of small differences that I will list later. You might find it interesting to read my article about No. 4 as background to this article.
In this video, John performs five tunes on No. 10 and talks a little about his modifications to the standard Crane duet layout.
My latest instrument is a very special custom 47 button Hayden duet. I also made a bespoke hard case to store and transport it.
Here is a demonstration of it being played by its owner, Israel Sánchez. The set has two tunes. The first is a waltz/bourree composed by José Climent. The second is a traditional pasacalles from the Aliste region of Spain.
47 buttons (+ air lever), based on the standard 46 button Hayden layout with a few small customisations.
Six sides, 6 1/4″ wide.
Seven fold black goatskin bellows with 1 1/8″ deep cards and custom bellows papers.
Traditional concertina reeds in aluminium frames for weight saving, normal scale on the left hand and long scale on the right (the same distribution I previously used successfully on Holden No. 4).
1/5th comma meantone tuning, with A as the root note.
Laminated maple radial-chamber tapered reed pans with two inner chambers on each side.
Solid purpleheart action box sides with decorative stripes.
Quilted maple laminated raised end plates with decorative striped border.
Peacock Oil wood finish.
6mm diameter glass buttons.
Green button bushings.
Custom boxwood hand rests and thumb pads with custom hand and thumb straps.
The first instrument to feature my new etched brass maker’s plate.
2mm button travel (giving 4mm pad lift at a 2:1 action lever ratio).
Leather covered hexagonal clamshell case with suede covered padded interior and decorative shoulder strap.
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