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RWL

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    Chatty concertinist

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    Old Time Fiddle, English Concertina, Home Shop Machinist
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    Near Lewisburg, PA USA

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  1. Periodically I browse the concertinas at the Buttonbox to see what they have. Boy is the supply down. I'm sure it's related to the pandemic but I wonder whether it's due to more people buying them since they have time to play or whether it's due to some other business effect.
  2. Thanks. I had missed Doug's tree. It just wouldn't be Christmas here without a concertina tree.
  3. ...... and Diana's harp behind. Aside from being a tasteful Christmas decoration, it shows that most everyone who plays for awhile eventually acquires more than one concertina, each with its own voice and 'personality'.
  4. My guess is that with everybody at home due to the virus, they've all sent you their instruments for tuning and you're busy or they've bought all the instruments you have and there aren't enough for a tree.
  5. Isopropyl alcohol softens hot melt glue. No need to heat the stuff. Just drip some alcohol on it. Keep it soaked "awhile" and peel it off.
  6. I have a friend who has a Model 22. It is a little louder than my metal ended Edeophone and she tells me her 22 is louder than a mutual friend's metal ended Aeola. I don't know if all 22's are loud though. Greg could advise on that. Loudness of course isn't the only quality that's important to the sound of the instrument though. Playing them would be an important way to decide. Maybe Greg could play the same tune on both and send you the recordings if you can't visit his shop. When I was at NESI last year I had a chance to try some instruments that Greg set up. They were all very respo
  7. "It is very stong alkaline/ammonia based." There are strong admonitions against using ammoniated products to clean brass in the Pressure Lantern (Petromax, Coleman, etc) collectors community and in the bullet reloading groups because it changes the brass and leads to cracks. This may not be much of a problem for the reed shoes which are relatively thick and unstressed, but if you had brass reeds, this may be putting them at risk.
  8. Here in Pennsylvania, the governor has asked all non-essential businesses to close for 2 weeks. Only grocery stores, pharmacies and gas stations are supposed to be open. Restaurants closed - only food places selling take out are allowed. Gyms closed. No gatherings of more than 10 people is what they're recommending. It was hard on the bars which had to be closed for St Patrick's day - one of their biggest commercial times. I haven't left the house to go anywhere for two days, but my wife has to pick up our grandchildren for child care, so she's been back and forth to town. She said there
  9. I think you'll like the Zoom H1n. I'm using a Zoom H4n only because the H1n wasn't available at the time I bought mine. The H4n has more features than most people will use. The H1 and H4 have built in speakers. The H2 doesn't have its own speaker. The H1n is a convenient size to fit in a shirt pocket. The H4n is larger and heavier. I built my concertina cases to fit my H4n alongside the instrument.
  10. If this is a short term/one time thing, why not just swap the D# and Eb reeds around if you're having trouble hitting the Eb button at speed.
  11. The cartoon below was in our local newspaper this morning.
  12. Odd sounding notes - e.g. ones that suddenly go flat or warbly when they had been previously fine. Notes that don't speak as well as the others. Knowing when it's time to replace the pads
  13. I bought the plywood for another case yesterday. The next one will be for my Edeophone. I'm getting tired of the weight of the original case I made for it. The Edeophone is a tenor treble, so it's a little heavier to begin with. I can see why they made some instruments with aluminum reed shoes. Hopefully the new case in 1/4" plywood will be substantially lighter. Another label idea would be to identify it as a doggy doo carrier. I'd miss my instrument if were stolen, but one of the band mates has a violin that's valuable enough that he never lets it out of his sight, includin
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