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About molad

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  • Birthday 11/10/1958

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    Scandinavian fiddle music; English concertina
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    St. Louis, MO USA
  1. molad

    FS: Wheatstone Aeola Extended-Treble EC

    Yes, the extra notes (compared to the normal 48 button EC) extend upward beyond the normal range. I've never played up into that territory -- I just play it like a normal 48-button EC and ignore the extra notes. "CONUS" refers to the the continental US, also known as the "lower 48". I included this because I don't want to get into the hassles of international shipping plus the increased danger of getting scammed. Paul
  2. Hi, Up for sale to US CONUS addresses is the following EC: * Wheatsone Aeola extended-treble English concertina. * 56 metal buttons. * Air release button on the left side. My understanding is that this was added by the factory, probably in the 1950's. * Raised ebony ends. * 6-fold black leather bellows. * Leather thumb straps in excellent condition. * Dated according to the serial number to Dec. 22, 1923. This EC is in excellent condition for its age, with no structural problems and only some minor fingernail wear around the buttons. The bellows are in nearly-new condition. I purchased this instrument in 2005 from the Button Box, where it was tuned up and prepared to their high standards. The deal includes the following accessories: * Custom-fit Fallon hard case. Black exterior with dark blue interior. * Black braided leather neck strap. * The following books (an instant EC library!): - "Handbook for English Concertina" by Roger Watson. - Spiral bound printout of "The Concertina" by Frank Butler. - "Concertina Workshop" by Alistair Anderson. - "The Concise English Concertina" by Dick Miles. - "English Concertina Course, Volume One" by Pauline De Snoo. - "Contemplating the Concertina" by Allan Atlas - "The Concertina Maintenance Manual" by David Elliott The cost for the complete package is $4,000 including ground shipping to CONUS addresses. You will have 2 days upon receiving the instrument to decide whether to keep it. If you decide to return it, I will refund the cost minus the shipping cost and you will need to pay for the return shipping. The instrument is located in St. Louis, MO. Thanks, Paul
  3. molad

    Swedish Folk Music

    If you don't get any offers here, you might want to try posting to the Scandinavian folk music and dance group at Yahoogroups (you'll need to sign up as a member first): http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/scand/ or at the nyckelharpa (Swedish keyed fiddle) group: http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/nyckelharpa/ Paul
  4. molad

    Concertina Case For Sale

    Its been sold. Paul
  5. I've never tried to restore the leather on a case, but I've had good success with leather shoes using Lexol Conditioner (http://www.lexol.com) (the one in the brown container). I understand that concertina restorers also use this on the leather parts of the bellows to keep them flexible. I buy Lexol locally at a shoe repair store. If I was repairing shoes, I would give them a couple of treatments with Lexol (with a couple of days to dry in between), followed by a coat or two of neutral shoe wax and a good buffing with a shoe brush. The main problems with doing this on a case is that the conditioner is likely to soften the leather and you will lose the patina and original finish. If you just want to preserve the case for posterity, your best bet would probably be to just use a mild cleaner, such as the Lexol-ph cleaner. Of course, before doing anything to the whole case, you should test the procedure on a small, inconspicuous area first. Hope this helps, Paul
  6. molad

    Concertina Case For Sale

    I recently got a new case for my English concertina, so I'm selling my previous case for $30 including shipping within the US. Its a hard-shell case in brand-new condition with a black leatherette exterior and black cloth lining. Its blocked for my 56-key Wheatstone Aeola EC, but you could reblock it for other sizes. The interior dimensions are: * 7-5/8" side-to-side. * 5-1/4" block-to-block from side-to-side. * 7" front-to-back. * 5-1/4" block-to-block from front-to-back. * 6-3/4" deep (4-1/2" in bottom section plus 2-1/4" in top section).
  7. Although its not traditional, I've found that the EC works great for Scandinavian fiddle music. The main reasons I went with the EC rather than an Anglo or a button accordion are that I find it easy to mentally convert tunes that I already know from the fiddle, the EC is fully chromatic, and its not too loud (a lot of fiddlers seem to hate accordions because they easily overpower the fiddles and are often played in a heavy-handed style). One advantage the concertina has over the fiddle is that its easy to fill in more of the chords/harmony. A treble should have all the range you'll ever need. My instrument is an extended-treble, but I've never needed the extra notes at the high end. Sometimes I think the ideal instrument would be a tenor-treble in order to get the extra notes for harmonizing at the low end. Enjoy! Paul
  8. molad


    Here are some sources for written Scandinavian music on the web: http://www.nyckelharpa.org/music/index.htm http://www.nordicfiddlesandfeet.org/music.html A good source for CD's is: http://www.norsk.us/ I've been trying to play Scandinavian music on the English concertina -- its not traditional, but seems to fit well with the music. The button accordion is the traditional free reed instrument in Scandinavia. My favorite accordionist is Erik Pekkari: http://www.drone.se/artists.php?artist=erikpekkari&lang=eng