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Mike in Oban

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    Oban, Scotland

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  1. Excellent - looks a perfect fit. I'll make a contribution to concertina.net. The Jeffries case is still available - if anyone is swithering, make an offer. Mike
  2. Hi Sandy - great. Let me sort out the shipping and get an exact cost - it will take a couple of days because of the Easter holidays. Could you send me a private message with the delivery address please? Yes - Paypal is fine with me. best, Mike
  3. Hi Sandy - thanks for your message. Quotes for posting the case to USA from the UK are around £60 - though that only includes £50 damage cover. Re size - here's a picture of my Aeola 64 key, which is too big for the case. It measures 7-1/2" across the flats - so yours might just be a bit tight. best Mike
  4. I have two cases to sell - both speculative purchases on my part which didn't fit the instruments I was aiming for. The Wheatstone is a really lovely case in useable condition. The leather is scuffed, and there is no key, but otherwise it's great - see pics. As a size guide, it's clearly intended for a larger instrument, but it is just too small for my 64 button Aeola. I'm asking £150 + delivery for it. The Jeffries case is less lovely. Again there is no key, and you have to open the clasp by wiggling the keyhole. The felt lining is also in poor condition, and should really be replaced. Other than that, it's fine. For size, I can confirm that it is too small for a common 48 button Wheatstone English. I'm asking £60 + delivery for that one. Happy to answer any questions, Mike Wheatstone pics: Jeffries pics
  5. I'll second the kitty-litter suggestion. I bought an old accordion on-line that arrived so smoky it was unplayable. I tried lots of things but the kitty-litter in the case was the one that seemed to work. Even so, it's amazing how long-lasting tobacco smoke is - I still seem to catch the occasional whiff, years later.
  6. I've found this to be a nice arrangement that works well for English Concertina. You can add more of the harmony incrementally as you learn it. https://hymnary.org/text/in_the_bleak_midwinter Mike
  7. The Corona version is lovely, thank you for posting it. I play it more like Daniel and I picked up the arrangement for English Concertina, by Ray Chandler, from the excellent Rude Mechanicals tunes resource: http://www.rudemex.co.uk/library/RM_arrangements/01tunelib_RMarr.php
  8. Hi, Yes that makes sense to me too - when learning tunes from a score, I've often thought that the tempo descriptions don't reflect how the tune is played in practice. This app seems to what you're after. I haven't tried it myself, but the description seems right. https://apps.apple.com/us/app/beat-mirror-detect-bpm/id1086730929?l=en
  9. I recently picked up the guitar again after a long absence, and I've found that the inevitable development of hard skin on the finger tips costs me some sensitivty when playing the concertina. Can others play strings and buttons interchangably? I'm wondering if I have to choose. (OK - I'd choose concertina.)
  10. Still available - anyone interested at £1750? best, Mike
  11. A reminder that this is still availble. (It might have helped had I managed to spell 'Morse' correctly in the title. I don't know how to fix that.) More concretely, I'll reduce my aspirations to around £2000. best, Mike
  12. Hi - standard I think - at least there's nothing in the documentation to suggest otherwise. Is there an easy way to tell? (I've never opened this concertina up, but wouldn't know what to look for as my only experience is with old Wheatstones & Lachenals.) best, Mile
  13. For sale, Morse Geordie Baritone English Concertina. This instrument is in perfect condition. I bought it new from the Music Room in Clackheaton in 2014. I’m not sure if anyone else is selling these new in the UK anymore (now the Music Room has ceased trading). Of course, these originally come from the Button Box in Massachusetts. I never really got on with the Baritone. I’d intended to use it for accompaniment, but in practice never did, and so I’m selling it on to allow other projects. It has hardly been played, still smells of new leather, and I’ve never taken it out to play in public. It comes with the original box. Offers in the region of £2,200 would be appreciated. I’d much prefer to sell this in the UK if possible as I’m nervous about sending such a high-value instrument abroad. If anyone would like to try it, you’d be welcome to do so. I’m currently in York (despite the moniker).
  14. Thanks to everyone for your interest. Sale is now agreed, and I'll make a donation to concertina.net once the transaction is complete. best, Mike
  15. Hi - yes they do - 191917 in both cases. You can just about see the reed pan stamp in the photo, and that's replicated in the bellows frames. Apparently that gives a best date estimate of around 1930, but I know there's a lot on uncertainty around Lachenal dating. Mike
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