Jeffries Maccann Duet No. 6
This instrument is marked on the right side with an oval containing “C.
Jeffries Maker, 23 Praed St.”, which we believe indicates a production date of 1905–1920.
Jeffries customarily used “linear” reed chambers, modeled
after those common in Anglos, rather than the much more common pie-wedge “radial”
reed chambers found in Wheatstone and Lachenal Maccann Duets.
(The keyboard diagrams below the pictures are taken from the matching 76-page
tutor” which was found in the case along with this instrument.)
This instrument was bought from Chris Algar of Barleycorn Concertinas
in October 2001.
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Jeffries Maccann Duet No. 6 Manuscript Tutor
Maccann Duet Chords Tutor Manuscript
from Robert Gaskins
A polished 76-page manuscript “chords tutor” found in the
case of a matching 57-key Maccann Duet made by C. Jeffries Maker, 23 Praed St.
The instrument and the tutor are dated c. 1915. This may have been a “semi-bespoke”
tutor included with the instrument when it was originally sold.
Unlike the much later Jeffries System manuscript tutor (c. 1960) written with a biro
(ballpoint pen) in very rough style, this much-longer document was written with a split pen and
is very carefully finished.
Posted 15 February 2003
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