|Type : Anglo|
Make : Crabb
Model : 30 Key Baritone in C/G
Price : £4800
You won't find many baritone anglos and most of them will be rosewood Lachenals.
This one is stamped all over-"Peerless, J Pollitt's Peerless Anglo, Oldham"
In spite of this it is almost certainly a Crabb. They did make for Pollitt and it has an 8000 series Crabb number impressed on the bellows frames.
It has metal ends, bone buttons, steel reeds and 6 fold bellows. It also is fitted with brass loops to hold a neck strap so it most likely a band instrument.
It has been restored with new pads, valves, straps and tuned to concert ptch
It plays and sounds great. We did have a problem with the lowest note-a C -which was almost impossible to sound however it was set. It has just been done by Steve Dickinson who has increased the size of the air hole and pad which has improved it somewhat but it is still a little reluctant to play by itself but comes in great with chords. Steve said that it was just faulty design and probably never played correctly. Ironically we had the same problem some years ago on a modern instrument made by a top maker.
Baritones-of any type-are always sought after and recently they have made a mark in Irish playing. They are also fabulous for song accompaniment.
Comes in a large gig bag as we don't have a modern hard case to fit the size.