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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. Jim, I was at ButtonBox once and wanted a piece of leather to make a strap for one of the toy melodions I had. Doug sold me a bit at a reasonable price. Might have been goat? it was about an eighth-inch (or even 3/16) thick, as I recall. Worked fine, gone now, through no fault of the leather. At any rate, I'd call Doug for a start, though plenty of folk on this site will know, for sure. From an engineering standpoint, I'd like to see what the brace looks like.
  2. Well, I bet one accordion would make room for 2, 3, or 4 concertinas.....Could be a net spatial gain, if you only swap one-for-one! David
  3. Looks splendid! All I can do is shake my head in admiration....just cutting "112 pieces with a scalpel" is reason enough for me to either hire a pro or play with leaky bellows....and that looks like the simple part! Are we awaiting the first "Tiposx 'Tina" release? Regards, David
  4. Now, this is the very question many of us faced as we began to grapple with these devilish little machines. I agree with the great suggestion that Tim E. is a role model for playing ITM on a box stamped "D/G" but he's a dedicated long-term practioner, who has genius on his side, I suspect. At the other extreme, I represent the small percentage of concertina players too thick-headed (some say lazy, but I think we are all neurologically differently wired) to get very far in cross-row play. So, to play Irish, I got Anglos in G and D. I'll never be great, but I can keep up to sessio
  5. If you already play harmonicas, then the "home rows" of an anglo 'tina will be familiar; the ins/outs are the same. However, I believe very few serious ITM concertinists play that way, but go "cross row" for most keys, and that confused me enough to not stick with C/G anglos. Rather, I got some in G/D, which fit my harmonica brain. They mightn't give the smooth, fluid rapidity that mastery of the cross-row play on a C/G does, but they have their charm, and I could start playing in sessions much sooner, in G and D. But that's just the way my brain seems wired. You are certainl
  6. How heavy is your instrument?
  7. Good catch, Don....I am getting old! Of course, Elise. Thanks. David
  8. If Duet, the most complete "growth path" is the Hayden, whose inventor is a member here. I started with Concertina Connection's "Elise," via the ButtonBox rental program, which I quickly converted to purchase. While limited somewhat in buttons (and musical keys) it still lets one play tunes and harmonies in several common keys, with the same fingering; just start in a different spot, and use the same pattern. C, D, G and others, but an incomplete "A," if that is crucial to you. Under 500 USD new.Then there are Stagi (slight misfit from exact spacing, etc., but more buttons and sweet soundi
  9. You are in the right place, both for advice (here) and for a chance to see/hear/try different types, in Massachusetts (the ButtonBox.) Anglo, English, Duet, with many choices among 'em, and lots of (really!) experts here. I am a ham-handed aspiring intermediate, but will say that if you have experience with harmonicas, the anglo has very much similar "in/out" to get you started. Each type has its expert proponents, and a search here will get you days of reading! The ButtonBox, in Sunderland, MA is the place to go. And, the annual Northeast Squeeze-In (NESI) is a yearly weekend squeezebox
  10. Sorry I just saw this note....I got them each at the annual "Northeast Sqeeze-In" ("NESI") which is a 100-person squeezebox afficionado weekend in September in Massachusetts. I bargained down to $95 from $100 for the black one, and from $150 to $125 for the metal ended one. The metal one brough an offer (same NESI, 3 years later) of $150 from a friend, but I bargained her down to $125 and passed it along to her. The most expensive of my Bastaris are a Hayden Duet (rare and very cool, to me) well-used but ButtonBox fettled for under $600, and a 40 button G/D from them, for under $500. If yo
  11. Looks like a great chance to try a very cool system! My Elise got me interested in Hayden, and has been stable and reliable for 5 years and counting. David
  12. Of course, everyone who has responded has a good point; when you ask here, you get divergent opinion, which I imagine is why you did ask here.... I have played a Concertina Connection Elise duet for about 4 years, off and on. It is the same body and construction level as the Rochelle, and the only issue it has shown is some wear at bellows corners. The material has generallly held up, and it's been fine for "entry." However, I have also found great value in much cheaper used Bastari/Stagi anglos, which sell new for maybe 400 (20 buttons) to 6 or 7 or 8 hundred? USD, f
  13. So, not so hard....My only attempts to do something similar were on a video editor that didn't allow minute "nudges" in one direction or another, so I didn't get that close. Soundtrap looks like it's easier to do that way, if necessary. Thanks.
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