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Woody McKenzie

Herrington square G/D for sale

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I''d like to sell my Herrington. I have too many instruments! I have a few youtube links showing it being played below. It can get pretty loud! This one may be a one of a kind because it has a G draw/C push drone button for the left thumb. Harold wasn't keen on doing this and I had to wrangle with him over the phone for quite awhile before he agreed. The Button Box recently gave it a checkup and tweaked the tuning. I have the receipt from them to show. It comes with the original case. $1400 firm plus shipping. I live near Roanoke, VA, in case you would like to visit and try it out in person.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UkLHuR18QY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtzK8Q3VyJ8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5N9x4BvQOQQ

Woody

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Woody, I'm in Charlottesville and very interested in the Herrington. I'll send you a private message.

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the instrument is not for me, so OT - just wanted to mention how much I enjoyed the videos, jugband and all, Woody!

Best wishes - 🐺

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Thanks for the compliment! This concertina has enough presence to be a decent rhythm instrument  and I have used it that way in jams. Because I come from an oldtime music background and play more fiddle than anything else, I wanted a G/D. Concertina is a love/hate relationship for me. I'm too slow of a learner and might not be able to become proficient in Irish on my C/G. I also felt "key limited" and had the Buttonbox make me a concertina without reeds, which I sent to England for a midi conversion that let me play in different keys and voices and also let me practice silently, which my wife loved. You can hear an initial effort of me playing it here:

Had I learned to adjust parameters for different instrument voices, this option could be quite viable. As you can tell, the default settings in the software I was using didn't work well for some plucked or struck instruments. This instrument became "buggy" and notes would stick and I'd have to turn it off and reset. Finally, it stopped working at all. The fellow who converted it (Accordion Magic) in England told me that I needed the magnets re-aligned and I should do that myself or else pay a whopping repair fee due to shipping/tarriffs. At that point, I had the Buttonbox install real reeds and now have two G/D concertinas. The Morse still has that midi socket sticking out on it so it looks like a "Borg" concertina (you know, Star Trek). We prefer the Morse over the Herrington mainly because the Herrington is louder and competes too much with our voices when singing. I think the Morse would be harder to sell since it's sort of a Frankenstein. So, that's why I'm selling the Herrington. 

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