I can’t remember the serial number-and it is missing from the outside -but I am pretty certain that it was a 23,000 series number which would make it one of the first Aeola Maccanns-if not the first. It certainly has all the quality of the later ones.
It has metal ends, metal buttons, steel reeds in aluminium frames and 8 fold bellows.
Quite a lot of the bigger concertinas were fitted with aluminium frames to keep the weight down-and these reeds show no sign of deterioration-which seem s only to occur on early Lachenal instruments. The aluminium frames have the added advantage of taking the sharp edge off the sound of a metal-ended instruments-making it more mellow.
It has been fitted with new pads, valves and it is in concert pitch-it was when we bought it.
It is pitched in Bb in that every C is a Bb and so on with every key-they are all two semitones below what you would expect.
It is therefore a great transposing instrument. If you are a Maccann Duet player you are able to play what you normally do in C-with the same fingering and come out in Bb-and likewise with any key you play in. It will of course make some keys which you find difficult to play in-much easier. Also Bb concertinas somehow also sound more rich-and a lot of ladies sing in Bb so it could be a great concertina for accompaniment.
Comes in its original hide leather case which could do with tidying but would be worth restoring
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Model: 67 Key Maccann in Bb
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