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David Colpitts

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About David Colpitts

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    Chatty concertinist
  • Birthday 01/05/1951

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    Irish, Quebecois, "Americana" and traditional folk music, Anglo concertina, Hayden duet concertina,
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    Hartford, CT USA

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  1. I am another "vote" for the ButtonBox and perhaps the Stagis they might offer. I have bought two old Bastaris (the precursor/parent of Stagi) from Doug and love them both. One is a Hayden duet (about 600 dollars) and one a 40 button Anglo in G and D, for about 500 some years ago. While I also have one of their own Morse Ceilis, and play it most of the time, it was more like 2400 dollars. If you aren't sure, then the Italian boxes sound, well, sort of soft and sweet. My session colleagues seem to like the sound of the old Bastari/Stagis, and I have personally bought two others privately for 95 dollars and 125 dollars. Both are sweet and gentle little instruments. But, no ButtonBox support or help, and held together with bubble gum and duct tape....Well, leather patches and Elmer's glue. But sound great! And, of course, Doug at the ButtonBox will rent lots of options at fair prices, with partial rent applied to purchase, should you so choose. Good luck, and have fun! David
  2. I think this is moving, and great. Jet lag inconsequential. Also, inspirational for the "distance performance" aspect. Did you use modern collaboration platform, or editing, or?? Thank you. David
  3. As a relatively old "rookie" now nearing seventy and seven years playing, my "highlight pool" is shallow. But, since you asked..... About three years ago at the Northeast Squeeze-In ("NESI") I got up the courage to try to play something "off the home keys" at the Saturday concert, in front of about a hundred very supportive and understanding players and fans. I think it was "Homage a Edmond Pariseau" though probably spelled wrong.....While I thought it was sort of crude and a bit choppy, I knew it was a departure for me to even try it, and was "OK" with the attempt, especially in light of the nice response from the audience. Now, here's the highlight: When I returned to my seat, a voice behind me said "I am so impressed by how much your Anglo playing has improved. Great job!" I looked back, and the voice belonged to a well known performing concertinist (and member here.) In this case, praise from a "pro" meant a great deal to me, and I will always remember and appreciate the kind support. David ps. A distant second place: someone said "wow, that squeeze-box actually sounds pretty good with these old-time fiddle tunes" at an Old Timey session.
  4. As Ken said, the CIAW Virtual week started last night....It'll be open, once one registers, for 8 weeks. I am enjoying it, though of course not as much as the in-person. OTOH, I can watch and rewatch at my leisure, and the price is very reasonable, I feel, and goes to a great cause. Thanks, Ken, for providing this great list! David
  5. Give Doug Creighton at the ButtonBox a call, or an email. My guess is he'll quickly be able to send you "original equipment" you need.
  6. When I don't try to sing along, I have no problem breathing. However, when I try to self-accompany, it's a disaster....Can't go to a higher note without inhaling. Even worse when I try to sing along with my harmonica.....Actually helped move me to Hayden duet. I'll try your method. Thanks! David
  7. As a “dabbler” in Anglo (about 7 years; suppose I may be almost “intermediate” by now) and Hayden Duet (about 4 years Elise and last 4 months with an old Bastari 46b from the initial run) I can tell you that the Anglo is still my “go-to” for tunes already in my head and (crucially, to my brain) on the home rows. That’s why I got a G/D, so I could play the “harmonicas in my hands” without missing a beat. OTOH, the Elise and lately, the Bastari Hayden have opened up so much more: I can play along with others in keys besides G and D, for example, and can play minor keys (which I know I should have been able to to on the Anglo, but didn’t) and am just having fun with the unisonority of it all. I will learn more music theory with the Haydens, for sure, and the isomorphic part strikes me every day as genius. For the Elise: It is, as others say, a good start. It can’t play in A, if that is an issue, but for 400 bucks it is a really good value sort of “miniature CBA” to get the hang of. And, I concur in praise of the Michael Eskin apps (I must have eight or ten) and also recommend a program called “MusixPro” by “Shiverware.” Lets you play so many keyboards, for information and practice: Hayden, Janko, CBA in both B and C, and so much more. I use it all the time. Built-in sounds kind of cheesy, but for me it’s about the fingering for these different systems. Have a great trip! David
  8. I imagine you have already considered the trade-in value of the Elise if used towards the purchase of a new Concertina Connection instrument? In my case, that would be 400 dollars or so towards a Troubador, Peackock, or higher-level Wakker. I still haven’t heard any real user reports on the Troubador, but have spent a bit of time on Peacock and Beaumont; liked ‘em both a lot. And, in some circles, for some music, the Stagi is well-received. I’ve seen used ones for 4 or 5 hundred, so depending on your requirements, might be an interim machine. But please don’t buy an older, first-run Bastari 46 button....they are too nice, and I want it as a spare.....Seriously, they are very sweet and playable in their own way, and I love mine. Just hope it keeps running. David
  9. I use old wool socks. If you get one with the pre-made hole (that’s ‘cause they’re old) then you can just loop through, fold them inside themselves once or more to fit. It works for me. David
  10. What everyone said, plus a sharp toothpick to nudge the recalcitrants. I agree with David B. regarding the Bastari Hayden; the buttons hang crookedly even upside down and with gravity at work. But the longest that’s taken me is about 3 minutes. Seems like it will never go, then.....voila!
  11. Randy, the link seems unresponsive...could be my system; I’ll search you on YouTube and see if I find it that way. Thanks, and regards, David Found it with YouTube search...lovely as always. Thanks!
  12. Can’t you punch a new hole in between?
  13. I am (probably for the duration) an “along the rows” player, so I keep my Morse G/D as my main Anglo squeeze, but also can’t part with my very first concertina, which is a rather beat-up 30+ year old Stagi 30b C/G, so I can play simple stuff in C. That old C/G cost 95 dollars, and is still worth every penny of that....The reason I mention it is that the more “traditional” older Stagis and Bastaris before them are way nicer to the touch (and probably the sound) than the more “jewelry box” looking modern Stagis. They have, in my experience, easier bellows, smaller buttons, faster and easier action, and sweet tone. So, you should find one for a very much lower than kilo-dollar price range. I sold one last fall for $125 (to a friend, but I’d have taken 250 from anyone) and it was a metal-ended old Bastari that actually sounded more like a concertina than one might think. I’d suggest, if money is an object, you consider one of those. I like the feel and sound better than the 20b or the Rochelle. In fact, though I don’t have experience with them, the modern iteration of the Stagis I describe comes in under a thousand, too, I think. Above all, have fun. I am quite typical, I think, in that in 7 or 8 years I have rented and/or owned a dozen concertinas, and still own and play 5 of them regularly. Modest “CAD” but measurable. David
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