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Paul Woloschuk

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  1. Here you go Chris ...but isn't that a glass of John Smiths in that pic?
  2. If you're referring to Mr Dipper - he's got mine at the moment, but I would like it back with all it's bolts, buttons and reeds!
  3. Hi Stuart,Many years ago, when I was playing in a Folk-Rock band I tried using a chorus and a phase 'pedal' with my accodion without success! I believe that was because of the mussette tuning interfered with the phasing. Therefore, I would think that because the concertina has a 'cleaner' sound, it might work quite well. When I get a mo, I'll rake out my old Roland Chorus pedal, and give it a go!
  4. IMO, John K has an amazing ability to wring full-sounding arrangements out of an anglo. If I recall correctly, the album The Rose of Britain's Isle by John Kirkpatrick and Sue Harris (TOPIC 12TS) contains a couple of tracks where John plays some impressively-arranged stuff on his Anglo, though it might be difficult to obtain now. However John's website: here! lists a CD called A Short History of John Kirkpatrick 1994 (Topic TSCD 473), maybe this has something that you'd find interesting.
  5. Gaagghhhheeeeuuuggghhhh - I hope not Too late mate! See here ... http://www.accordionmagic.com/Video.html Click on 'Video of John Nixon on MIDI concertina' It just doesn't seem right! Can't think these'll ever become desirable (just my own opinion...no need for lengthy responses! )
  6. Can I help it if I'm not familiar with concertina weekend etiquette?
  7. As I was singing at the time, I'm guessing that was the cause of her complaint!
  8. This is exactly the same as mine, except it is just under the left handle: C. J. New Address 12 Aldershot Road Kilburn NW6 The crude stamping is interesting, as the 'N' is reversed (i.e. a mirror-image), which means that the die used was made incorrectly, yet the stamping continued with it - one would have thought that Jeffries would have made a better job of the stamping and might also have replaced their 'N' stamp die! Next to the right handle is W. THOMAS (again crudely stamped, presumably this was a previous owner) and under the right handle, another stamp: AUG. 8 1921.
  9. Thanks, but no thanks. Going to Kilve gets me out of my fatherly duties for a few days of freedom Hi Paul - good to meet you too. I'll second the good luck message to Dirge. Who knows, when he gets there he may work out how to log back into C.net again I dunno about Concertinas at Malmesbury...Concertinas at Napier, North Island sounds a much better idea!
  10. I too have sailed a few dinghies in recent years, though only in warmer waters - makes the inevitable capsize quite pleasant! Best experience? A ride on a Hobie Cat with an instructor - 1/2 mile on one hull!
  11. Just recovering after the weekend - not quite sure whether it was Kilve's fizzy-pop beer or Paul McC's Duet workshops that fried my brain! Good to meet up at last Woody - great idea those name badges Best of luck to Dirge - keep in touch through c.net eh?
  12. Mine's also a 50 key Jeffries Bros (23 Praed St) instrument, in C. ( 50 keys...plus the air button. )
  13. "This small accordian-like instrument mesmerizes everyone with its happy music and wavelike rhythm as the bellows are pushed in and pulled out." They obvously haven't heard me play!
  14. A proper flight case is perfectly suited...after all, the clue's in the name I once had an Oberheim synthesizer (not a cheap instrument by any means) in a 'Bulldog' flight case whacked into by a passing car whilst the roadie was crossing a road between parked cars - no damage at all to the instrument nor to the case.....a smashed headlight and dented front wing on the car! A good flight case is not cheap - but the're certainly worth it if you're planning on travelling frequently. On the first page of this thread I said ".... I had to send my accordion as check-in baggage ........I packed the instrument in it's hard case, and that, in turn, was put into a large cardboard box with polystyrene sheets on all sides (the box was obtained from the dealer I'd bought the instrument from) and clearly labeled it as 'FRAGILE - Musical Instrument'." This was how it was packed and transported from the factory in Italy to the dealer in London - ok, that would probably have been in a truck, but my point was - if it is to go in the hold of a plane - originally in response to the question asked at the start of this thread, but laterly because of recent developments - then get insurance and pack it adequately - a flight case if you can afford it, but a good sturdy cardboard box and shock-proof packaging is better than nothing.
  15. Furthering the conspiracy theory even more…has anyone else noticed how well-organised the authorities have been in producing detailed lists, thousands of clear plastic carrier bags and rolling out printed posters both sides of the pond outlining the emergency procedures in only a few hours. No hand-written notices as you might expect. So they were well-prepared for this. Assuming that these 'plotters' have been under surveillance for some time, was it just a coincidence that the airports were thrown into total confusion 24 hours AFTER 'our Tony' had left the UK on his hols? ! ....just a thought!
  16. But for every story like that, there seems to be one of the opposite. I would never check my concertina. A friend who was forced to check her violin arrived to find the bridge broken in two, though there were no marks at all on the hard case. I myself have experienced a boxlike tin of candy crushed to half height, though sandwiched between layers of clothing in a "hard" suitcase. I still don't know how they did that! And among the horror stories told on various forums, I recall one person telling how he looked out the window of the plane just in time to see the driver of the baggage-handling forklift drive the tine of his "fork" straight through the "hard" case of his PA... and the instrument, of course. Keep in mind also that with all the extra "security" checks-- at least in some countries, -- various total strangers may be opening and reclosing your bags before they ever get on the plane. And numerous surveys have reported that along with the increased inspections has come an increase in the complaints of lost and damaged articles. Actually, today's budget airlines may be safer, because they only put your bags on and off the plane. They don't do transfers, and they don't have fancy "automatic" equipment, which can cause damage without anyone being around to notice. If you have a transfer, you pick up your bag at the transfer point and personally check it in for the next flght. That means far fewer encounters with uncertain people, equipment, and passageways. Jim, as I said in my response - the alternative for me was to buy a plane ticket for my accordion! In the case of my concertina, of course I would take it on the plane with me, but I had little choice with my trip to Prague. That's not to say I was not concerned, because I was (and had checked that my insurance covered any loss or damage), but I simply wanted to state my own experience, and as you have said; for every good tale, there's a bad one - but you should bear in mind that it is seldom that good experiences make their way into forums like this.
  17. For a concertina, I'd certainly carry it on. However, I had to send my accordion as check-in baggage when I went to Prague on a morris tour a couple of years ago- there was no alternative, unless I wanted to pay for it to have it's own seat! I packed the instrument in its hard case, and that, in turn, was put into a large cardboard box with polystyrene sheets on all sides (the box was obtained from the dealer I'd bought the instrument from) and clearly labeled it as 'FRAGILE - Musical Instrument', and I was totally satisfied with the way that the airline took care of it. It was taken in via a special desk, and after the outward and return trips, there was absolutely no damage or bruising at all to the outer carton....and that was with a budget airline!
  18. And he didn't even bid for this one http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vie...A%3AIT&rd=1 - maybe he's on his holidays! It sold for £4211 ....and it 'only' needs £100 spent on it!
  19. As with most things in life...everyone has good and bad experiences. I'll say no more.
  20. Further to this topic, it might be useful to anyone wanting a made-to-measure case, that I have just received an excellent qualty case made by Barry Wallace (West Country Cases) to fit my Jeffries Duet. Barry was extremely helpful and made the case to my requirements (colours etc,.) from measurements supplied by me, and which fitted my concertina perfectly first time. Barry's details are listed on Chris Timpson's FAQ site ( http://www.concertina.info/tina.faq/conc-mak.htm ).
  21. I can't really add any more to what has already been said Chris. As I learned my Jeffries playing for morris, I have become (more) proficient at playing in G than in other keys. Playing in any other key is a real challenge as the 'G' pattern is not replicated to those other keys - but I guess you were already aware of that.
  22. Hi Peter, I'm not qualified to suggest the best method of learning the Jeffries duet as I too am still learning the system. But I also play 'by ear' having played for Morris for a few years, thereby becoming used to playing in G. I learned by practising first with one familiar tune, then moving onto another having mastered the first - I find this works well for me. But it was after attending the Swaledale Squeeze a few months ago that I decided that... 1) I must learn to play in keys other than G. 2) I must develop my left hand technique. The first point is being addressed by playing those same familar tunes in D & C, the second point is being addressed by practicing scales from the right side across to left and vice versa. This encourages me to play basic runs of notes on the left hand rather than repetitive chord patterns. Not particularly useful tips I know, but I felt I should reply with some words of encouragement as one J D player to another! Paul
  23. Welcome to the 'club' Peter! I had a play on that 'tina at Marcus' stall Peter - a very nice instrument (I was actually looking for a new case to replace my original leather one, but all those on sale were too small). BTW - ref this thread.....IMO it's two players!
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