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  1. Sorry, Bob I didn't get a PM. Want to try my regular email? douknielson@comcast.net Thanks
  2. Hi Bob, Is the Clover 30 button anglo or the Tedrow baritone in Jeffries layout? And how wide is the latter, across the flats? Great photos, BTW. Thanks, Doug
  3. Thanks for the responses; I've now got a better idea of what's involved, i.e., I don't think I'll try to tackle switching back and forth (unless someone hands me a nice Wheatstone). And thanks, Ken, for the merge.
  4. Thanks, Jim It makes sense to me that switching between more different systems, i.e. Anglo and English, concertina and B/C accordion, would be easier, but I accept the fact that this ability differs widely from person to person, there being no way to predict how easily any individual might be able to do it, and that practice would increase the odds of pulling it off. Merging the two threads seems like a good idea, but I don't know how to go about it.
  5. I'd like to hear about people's experiences with playing both Jeffries and Wheatstone layouts in Anglo concertinas and switching back and forth between them, difficulties encountered, strategies for making it work, or if it's crazy to even contemplate doing it, etc. My own experience is limited, I learned on Wheatstone layout, and when I was thinking of buying a better instrument, I studied the layout charts, and swore I'd never want anything other than Wheatstone. When I bought my Edgley on eBay, it was advertised as Wheatstone, so I was pretty annoyed to find out it was actually Jeffries. I even talked to Frank about the cost of changing the reeds in the third row on the right. But once I learned to play Jeffries, I discovered I liked it a lot more. It took a while for my fingers to adapt, though. After that, I tried to play Wheatstone layout once, but gave it up quickly, for various reasons. So far, I’ve heard from Doug Anderson, who said “I spent several months trying to play both my Morse with the Wheatstone layout and my Jeffries with the Jeffries layout - both are G/D Anglos. I eventually gave up and sent the Morse to The Button Box to have the reeds changed to the Jeffries layout. I had no particular preference for one layout over the other but switching the Morse was a much more practical solution.”
  6. Learn something new every day. I'm still hoping someone will suggest the proper forum for my question: General Concertina Discussion, Teaching and Learning, other? Anyone?
  7. Yes, Anglos. I could be wrong, but I don't think Jeffries and Wheatstone layouts apply to English. Or duet for that matter. Thanks, Doug Anderson. That's funny. I started on Wheatstone, and after studying the layout charts, swore I'd never want anything else. When I bought my Edgley on eBay, it was advertised as Wheatstone, so I was pretty annoyed to find out it was actually Jeffries, but once I learned it I discovered I liked it a lot more, so go figger. It took a while form my fingers to adapt, though.
  8. I'd like to post a question about people's experiences with playing both Jeffries and Wheatstone layouts and switching back and forth between them, difficulties encountered (or if it's crazy to even contemplate it) etc., not a debate about which is best or preferred, but I'm not sure which forum it belongs in. Any suggestions?
  9. "no additional pic visible here" I realize that, I don't know why it didn't load.
  10. Well, I made the same mistake about thinking it was a 40 button anglo and bought it. I've been looking for 40 button anglo for some time. When Gary sent me photos, I was overwhelmed by the beauty of the instrument and didn't look at the button configuration carefully enough. It now seems like fool any (except me!) could have seen it wasn't an anglo. It also needs quite a bit of work, leaky bellows, buttons that don't depress, reeds that don't sound. Gary offered to take it back if I wasn't happy with it, so now I'm trying to decide what to do: have it fixed up and sell it, or return it. I'll be taking it up to Button Box this weekend to see what they think, but I'd appreciate any suggestions members of cnet might have. I've attached one picture which doesn't show much, but the others are too large to post here
  11. "Thanks for the mention Rudeboy." No problem, but I should probably mention that I have no commercial connection with either The Box Place or Barleycorn Concertinas.
  12. I noticed that Theo Gibb has a Stagi Gremlin for 275 pounds, not a great make but a reputable repairer/dealer: https://theboxplace.co.uk/product/staggi-cg/ And Barkleycorn Concertinas has a 30 button Lachenal for 675: http://www.concertina.co.uk/stock-selection/?concertina=3136 also a few 20 and 26 button for under 1000 pounds Good Luck!
  13. "Are concertinas fairly difficult to repair?" Yes and no. If you can repair a lawn mower, a concertina's not bad, if you have the right parts and tools (I suppose that goes for a lot of things). There's a good book that'll get you started, The Concertina Maintenance Manual, by David Elliott: https://www.amazon.com/Concertina-Maintenance-Manual-David-Elliott/dp/1899512675 I've actually replaced a broken spring with a reworked safety pin, but it can get gnarly when you get the end back on and things aren't working the way they should.
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