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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. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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!
  8. 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!
  9. Can’t you punch a new hole in between?
  10. 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
  11. As an “old rookie” in both Anglos and (most recently) Haydens, I can merely echo what better-experienced people have already said about their positive feelings regarding the accordion-reed Haydens currently available. Lucky enough to live an hour from the ButtonBox, and from the NESI Squeeze-In, I have handled the Elise, Troubador, Peacock, and Beaumont, as well the old Bastari (which I now happily own and unabashedly love) and once, a Wheatstone Hayden. The Wheatstone, for sure, had that undeniable concertina reed difference, which some require. However, to my ears (better than my hands and eyes) the difference is just that; it’s different, not better. Especially when played ensemble, the accordion reeds are a viable alternative, to listeners, at least. Exceptions might be focused solos, or some trad song accompaniment, but I read (here?) somewhere that a surprising percentage of listeners couldn’t accurately tell which was which in practice. Even the humble Elise (at 400 bucks) sounds appropriate in lots of group play. And the recent postings of work by Lucas Chae (sp?) have made me appreciate the sound of the much-criticized newer Stagis. Those aside, the Peacock and the Beaumont especially seemed like real instruments, with much room for intermediate-to-advanced growth. The Troubador, too, but it wasn’t sufficiently expanded in range or chromaticity from my Elise to make me want that upgrade. Best wishes in your quest. If I had time and money, I’d buy a Beaumont now, or a Peacock if I wanted to get on the Wakker list for some years down the road, and trade in the Peacock. David
  12. Looks nice....Sound sample, perhaps? Thanks. David
  13. I agree with LJ. I also wonder what your extant “music brain” has in it. More to the point, are you experienced with reading notation? Humming/singing/whistling? Childhood band or orchestral instrument? Basic keyboard familiarity? It mattered greatly to me 8 years ago that I could play harmonicas, solely by ear, but easily enough to quickly pick up Anglo. But, the Anglo for me is just a handful of harmonicas, and I can’t play beans in the smooth crossrow style almost all Irish (and baroque, and frankly, other good players of many genres) use. Enter the duet concertina. I have now two Haydens, and they have opened up the world for me, at least conceptually and theoretically, by being more regular and more chromatic, and by letting me play identical fingering for the same tune when trying different keys. That’s the magic for me. Many musical friends play English. They can play perhaps fastest and most fluidly, since all tunes split between both hands. If I hadn’t spent years on Anglo, and had begun with EC, I suspect that’d be the one for me. But, like piano, seems to require 12 fingering patterns for 12 major keys, and another 12 for 12 minor keys. So, Hayden remains the winner for me. You have on this site literally hundreds of available samples to enjoy, and some of each type of machine. I think it’s a great position to be in, and wish you joy in the quest. David
  14. Wow! I have never heard such from an Anglo, and am stunned by it. Incroyable! David
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