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About Syncopepper

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    EC, guitar, banjo, dulcimer, bones
    English and American traditional folk, nautical
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    Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

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  1. I promised to update the forum with a full rundown on my recent purchase of a tenor Aeola on eBay. The Aeola arrived yesterday without any shipping damage. As it was made in late 1942 I had worried that it might not be up to the quality of the older ones but I was pleasantly surprised. It was completely playable out of the box. While the ends have not been restored and show their age, they are solid and have only a few hairline age cracks. While not expert, I do not see that any of the fretwork has been rebuilt and it all looks in good shape to me. The bellows have some wear on the
  2. Thanks everyone for your advice, especially Geoff! I have made the plunge and, with trepidation and yearning, I await it's arrival.
  3. Thanks Geoff, I really appreciate your expertise and help. I have been to the Button Box and to Barleycorn and played many EC's. I currently play a New Model extended treble (circa 1880s) with solid rosewood ends. Most of my repertory is UK folk and maritime music. I play more in D than other keys as it fits my vocal range and spend a lot of my time in the lower range on the extended treble. Here is a recent clip of my playing style: https://youtu.be/PH256RgxRoU After playing many Aeolas I have decided that the metal ended ones are too loud and I think a little harsh
  4. The tenor wooden ended Aeola (sn: 35364) that I am looking at was manufactured late in 1942 according to the ledgers. Can anyone advise on the quality of workmanship during that period? Can I assume good quality long tongue steel reeds at A440 pitch?
  5. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=324393896838 This Aeola looks like what I have been looking for to replace my New Model extended treble. I have never bought a big ticket item on eBay and am worried about the pitfalls of doing so. The seller lists the early 1940s for manufacture. The seller also states "No Returns". Can anyone with experience give me any advice? Is this a good period for Aeolas? I would think the $3,500 asking price is a good price?
  6. Thanks to everyone for good advice and recommendations. These forums have been a source of a lot of great information over the years. Here are some of my reflections - Very interesting approach to ergonomics. I am used to the standard angle of attack on the EC (having played that way for more than 35 years), it’s the deep reach to the lowest keys on the extended treble layout that is problematic for me now. Geoff’s thoughts seem to fit my situation pretty well. The Trinity 48 key tenor learner that I still have is more comfortable regarding thumb position - fi
  7. As this post touches on multiple topics that individually could better go in other forums, I thought is best to put them in the general forum to be considered together. I have been playing a Lachenal New Model 56 key extended-treble for many years. As it is used for accompaniment to my vocal range, I play mostly at the bottom range of this instrument. I have noted that the thumb straps are now wearing out and it appears that the wear is due to twisting to reach the lower buttons. When I traded up in quality years ago I moved from a cheaper tenor instrument which I still
  8. I would like to know aproximate date on my 56 key extended treble New Model with solid rosewood ends, SN: 29161. It was restored by Wim Wakker some years ago and featured on his web site for years. I am guessing mid 1880"s? Thanks;
  9. For many years I lived near the Chesapeake Bay area but now live near Lake Michigan. Over the years I have been to Maritime Music Festivals and am a folk club regular. I play several instruments including EC. Early this year I was organizing a Chanty Sing at the Michigan Maritime Museum Campus during the annual South Haven, MI Harbor Fest in June. Of course that didn't happen - maybe next year. Chanty Sings are held monthly in some metropolitan areas. Usually there is a Sing leader who performs the dual role of master of ceremonies and sponsoring representative for the
  10. During the summer I went to several outdoor folk club and open mic social distancing events. As the weather has cooled down and the Covid has heated up, I do not do so now. I am interested in traditional maritime music and some of chanty sings are now via zoom. Of course with Zoom they are more like open mics. While a poor substitute for live, they do tend to draw participants from all over the country and many from the UK. South Street Seaport in NY hosts a monthly one as does the Portsmouth Maritime Music Festival in NH. I continue to monitor other traditional venues looking for
  11. After many years of playing an EC extended treble New Model I have recently developed arthritis in the second joint of my left thumb in addition to previous tendonitis on the other side of that hand that has curtailed playing stringed instruments. I'm not sure what factors contribute most to the thumb problem (other than age) but suspect it's partially the strain of playing mostly in the bottom of EC's range. This has also caused my right thumb strap to wear out and I am considering having wrist straps installed when I get the thumb straps replaced. The three options I have been c
  12. Some years ago I went to Philadelphia for the Mummer's Parade and while there, visited the historic Arch Street Quaker Meeting House. I had an interesting conversation with one of the meeting house Clerks who are administrators in leu of clergy. During our conversation I asked him if he was familiar with Sydney Carter? In answer he reached around me, pulled a hymnal out of the pew, and opened it to "Walk in The Light" which Sydney composed using, "a traditional folk tune" as is explained in Quaker literature. When I told him the tune Sydney used was "Moncks March" and the military record of G
  13. Instrument genealogy and history can be fascinating. I have an old tenor banjo with an interesting story.
  14. In addition to some social distancing jams I have been working on a song ( w\EC) for submission in a maritime music festival song competition.
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