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  1. Thanks for the replies. Just need to mention all those recommending use of the engraver tool instruct to keep the cut in the middle portion of a Harmonica reed tongue. I guess that is to prevent removing the edge which would ruin the reed.
  2. Having read several pages about this topic, I found a video by Seydel on tuning Harmonica steel reeds. They use, and recommend, a diamond tipped engraving type tool. Now, I have tuned brass type harp reeds myself with various tools, a file, a nail sander stick, and scratched with a mini screwdriver bit, but never had to mess with steel reeds like in a Seydel harp. I am wondering would that work on Tina reeds. Thanks in advance for answering.
  3. ? BTW Facebook is everything but, a more family oriented website there isn't.
  4. The hot tar hit the fan as soon as I mention 'the' bad website. Roadup! Detour ahead, it is called Facebook, which has pretty much obliterated the need for such things. Mudcat. Been on it since the 1990s. Knew some famous writers there, Catspaw was one. Lately only read it, my favorite author Steve Shaw, also a Harp player. He is a School Teacher, and it shows in his writing. Super funny man, excellent debater and a refreshing contrast to some of the more serious stuff. Have a great rest of the Holidays, and a splendid New Year.
  5. Lot of caveat on this topic. Not wanting to add more fuel to the fire that surrounds TheSession, but have been warned off of it, due, I was informed to the nasty politics and abuse of members by the site owner. IOW great for finding sessions but a dead end for discussion, and, apparently, tunes as well. Must say after I got the nod about it I began using the other site, http://abcnotation.com/ for anything whatsoever in ABC. So I now get my Morris and Celtic material there. Would echo the remark about accuracy above, how do we know the setting published is correct? Still learning by listening and using scores where my ear is not getting the correct notes seems a good all around solution.
  6. Err not why I reported the problem. AFAIK The poster is newly selling on Ebay, and should be aware of the block upon US bidders to the auction. Just trying to help.
  7. Well I can SEE the page very well, just that if I then try to bid / save - the next page is dead! I cannot do anything on it. As well if I login to the regular US Ebay and then reload your page I still cannot do anything on it. IOW I could not bid if I wanted to. You should contact Ebay support and report the bug. Thank You.
  8. I logged into Ebay and could not do anything on your sale page, I am in Texas US. Weird!
  9. At top left click on Jim Munro. When his profile appears, click on top right a little letter icon. Hope that helps.
  10. Thank you Geoffrey, the history of the lovely instrument becomes more and more fascinating as time passes. Perhaps there should be a museum in London for the Concertina making industry?
  11. This is extraordinarily odd for me! Because even though I previously owned an Anglo, and played a fair bit on that, I am mostly a Tremolo Harmonica player. So here is the story of how I elected to get involved in the sale. Trading on Ebay for other things I got an email alert for this item, and when I read about its origin, and the rich history behind that, I decided to have a go and bid on it. The seller did not know what key it is tuned to, and shared that the air valve key is not working. Essentially, then, nobody in the sale knew exactly what the tuning of it might be, nor apparently did any come here to find out, even though the serial number was shown on the sale page. Perhaps that could not have been done in the 7 auction days allowed? So bidding was not as much as it might have been, nor did it go anywhere close to today's market value for a 'H Crabb & Son' C/G Anglo Concertina in such super condition for its years. It was advertised as an antique ( it isn't BTW ), the super polite seller getting it from an estate sale. Antique dealer? However I did not care what key it might have been in, a lover of Morris and Celtic tunes, I had a hunch that either it was in D/G, or C/G, even had it been in F/Bb etc, I resolved that I did not care and would buy if I could, because the history of this wonderful company is so feted with the making of superb Concertinas for well over a hundred years, I think they begun in the 1830s? So enormous thank you the Geoffrey Crabb here on C/N for making this beautiful superb musical instrument. Below what I found when I took a close look at it. It is a coddled and loved Tina, the bellows being supple and easy to use, it appears to have spent most of its days, 54 years, in a case, with moderate to little use. And by the cleanliness and aroma of expensive perfume, I suspect it was owned by a female. When received, the air valve assembly was found hanging off of the key, the post having come up out if its location on the board. Since I had previously repaired a Tina post which falling apart had to be replaced - I cold formed that from a steel small carpentry nail, including anviling the flat for the arm to connect, also making a tiny rivet and assembling etc - could see that I would be well able to re seat a perfectly good post that came loose. What I did. Carefully re-moved the A/V assembly. Inspecting the post hole, I find some kind of glue had been put there but did not soak into the hole, just blocking the top of it. So a dab of a utility knife blade - the really thin version that looks like a pencil - I was able to re-seat the post, adjust the travel of the button - the felt bushing appears to have been exposed to damp so it falls apart - and fitting a new tiny piece of Luther's felt to secure the button onto the arm. Re-seating the springs was very easy to do. My compliments to the maker who made such nicely formed springs. They almost fell back into place. Ok have to mention that in the past I have formed my own key springs, either from Piano wire, or the much softer Guitar string wire - So I have some idea of what I am doing with Tina button springs. However in this case the superb construction by the maker shows that even after half a century or more, the mechanics of this lovely historical work are as good as new. Again well done H. Crabb & Son. Discoveries inside this lovely Tina. Steel reeds in brass shoes - extraordinary quality! - what can we say about that but, wow! Reeds tuning, there is but one a few cents flat, but fortunately on the very high end of the C row, a drawn note 'a'. I have no intention of messing with it because there is a perfectly good drawn note 'a' on the G row. Besides it would be a crime to alter what is so rare in these days of renovating older Tinas. I can live with the rarely used C row high 'a'. Other things I would like to share. I was absolutely floored that I won the auction, because I imagined there would be international bidding way into the high 3 k region for this barely used, and all original Crabb Anglo. But as it turned out my high bid, $2,222.22 cents, was more than enough to see off the competition. Perhaps an 'Angel', or two, had a hand in my good fortune? Because having lived in London in the 1970's and being a folkie there is nothing I would more have loved to own, at that time, than such a beautiful musical instrument. Dare I mention Steve Turner? who I had the good fortune to hear in those years, and have still - someplace - one of his wonderful LPs. Now that's nearly an antique too ... like myself ...lol. Too, related to my tinkering with stuff and love of English engineering, during those years, I found, bought and renovated a 1952 Velocette 500 CC motorcycle. Of my readers here, I wonder if any recall 'Geoff Dodkin 'Velocette'' of Sheen W London? I managed to do that from a 4th floor bed-sit, and storing the big bits in the garden - a kind LL allowed me to ! - rebuilt the entire thing up from bolt screws to the finished like new magnificent Velocette Venom with flames coming out of the exhaust! I today often wonder what my LL thought of me? He was then about my age now, and I barely 20 years old. I should quit here as there is so much this lovely Tina is bringing back to me, I might wear out my welcome. In these Holiday times I hope you get as much joy from reading as I have from an extraordinary and rare Tina. Again thank you 'H Crabb & Sons' for this one, and the many, many other bringers or joy to happy ears all over the world. Happy Holidays to each and all. Notemaker.
  12. Thank you each for your excellent help. I am really busy right now, in a couple of days I will post a detailed reply. Again, thank you all.
  13. Unexpectedly won an auction for this instrument. It is an original condition 30 Key Crabb Anglo Concertina, having been lightly played but never overhauled etc, as the attached photo shows. I would like to know when it was made, and advice on choosing a Texas based technician to check it out, evaluate for possible renewal of pads, and bellows touch ups. Any help muchly appreciated, thank you.
  14. WRT chffandfipple, don't waste your time on it! Last time I tried the site would not load and when it did my account had been hacked. Waste of time. BTW if you are still looking for a good deal i have a Rochelle which I do not play anymore due to other things, mostly Violin, and I would be happy to let it go. Messege me here.
  15. I have tried to copy a description plus 2 photos but not sure how to? Can you see this please. Your posting and advertizement are just fine :0) My 2009 updated Windows 8.1 Pro computer got and displayed your Word Doc quickly and easily, BTW thank you for taking the time to make such an excellent presentation. You might consider advertizing also on Ebay to get the best bid for this item! It appears to me to be far in excess of US $8,000.00. But, best of luck however you sell it. I could never justify spending that much on anything except a new vehicle!
  16. @Market pumpers. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Wheatstone-C-G-40-Button-Anglo-concertina-/251638522719?%C2%A0 Item relisted several times and never a bid. Seriously gentlemen your sore spot is the collapse of the trade in 'this' old stuff! Old cars and such go to scrap yards, hint hint.
  17. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. However I do not think, today, with fallling attendance at sessions, and the collapse of audience interest in Celtic music, that prices are as high as you publsh. In fact I simply do not believe that anybody in their right mind would part with several thousand dollars for something old and in the bad condition shown. In additiion if I were to be parting with that much money I would buy a new item which is not full of old dust and the dieseases which thrive in it. Indeed the flood sale of high end models here, Jefferies etc, from the heart of the Celtic boom in Concetina playing, Co Clare ireland by some heavy weight sessionistas, leads me to conclude that the shakers and movers in this game are jumping ship before the storm. I wager in a few years you will not be able to give away any of the old stuff except to antique collectors. Buying new or not at all!
  18. Is this for real? I see the same photos on Ebay for a long time !
  19. Thank you all for the replies. As for the irish Stuff, I do fair bit of it but I love Morris dance music just as much. I guess I like all Concertina music. Now I will be looking for a D/G which is not too expensive :0)
  20. I am getting very very confused! I now see Anglo players turn up at sessions with both C/G and D/G Anglo Concertinas. I can appreciate the need to use the D/G for some tunes in D, Irish tunes are often a little tricky on the C/G, but is this a common strategy? Are players now using both boxes because playing D tunes on a C/G is too hard to do, or taking too much time to learn? I see some old timers out here galloping away on harder Irish reels, Wise Maid and similar, on the D/G. Is this a trend? Should I stop learning the cross row method and go back to push and draw Melodion style for harder Irish tunes in D and so on? Thank you in advance. :0)
  21. A lesson or so into a teaching stint has brought to my attention the dearth of Tabs for Anglo Concertina. And sure there are some in books already out there, but on the internet nearly nothing. How about a website of Tabs like the ABC websites? Thank you.
  22. Don't be so sure. My understanding is that ornaments are generally done similarly on the various stringed instruments. (That's what I tend to copy on my English.) Also on flute and whistle, with the exception of which "note" to use for cuts and the cut part of rolls. But on anglo concertina, the selection of the notes comprising a named ornament -- and in some cases even the number of notes comprising the ornament -- is frequently (usually?) quite different. I don't see why. Aren't those springs made of steel? Well yes they are, but in my case, and perhaps it may be due to the climate here, the springs tend to break. Just yesterday one broke and I had to make and fit a replacement! BTW I form my replacement springs from custom Guitar string wire, in this case I wanted a stiffer press so I selected a 19Th string. With care one can get several springs from one string. Here in the US i buy the strings for $1 each :0)
  23. Yes, I'd like to know what you mean by "horrible" ? I use both Bs and they both sound great. Also, on anglo I often think it's nice to have a pull B and push E on the C row. Also, if I really wanted to play push B on the G row followed by a push E on the C row, I'd probably use my pinky for the push B and middle finger for the E. You can borrow fingers, it's "legal" and not that hard ;-) Without adressing any other replies, what sounds so horrid in my case is having to quickly go from push to draw to get B on the RHS C scale. It just sounds too abrupt and harsh. But if I could use the LHS G scale / C scale E minor chord buttons it comes out smooth and sweet. And becuase my fingers are bigger than most I cannot put them all three on the LHS buttons needed for the chord. I still imagine, then, that a mechanical lever on another finger row, eg 1, would make it possible to quickly play the E minor chording passages which now cause me to use the RHS C scale draw note B.
  24. I have been trying to get some tunes on my 30B Anglo, and discover that there is a dearth of the notes B on low side, and it so just happens that the one on the G row makes me chop to get an E off the C for my pharse, B-E-G.. So Ok, I get the B off the other end on the draw ( C scale). It sounds horrible! I wish I had a button to press the low side B but not in the same line as the existing one. Moved down or up but off the second finger. One common tune I like in E minor is "The Drunken Sailor" but there are loads of dance tunes in E minor and D major. I don't want to switch reeds out or anything radical, I imagined I could make a remote button on the outside of the concertina which would press the B button but with another finger. I have seen this sort of arrangement on other instruments such as the saxaphone and boheme flute. So I do not think this is impossible to do, however complicated the engineering might be. As a general rule I would not want to do the same to every key that causes the problems outlined, but would like to try it for those combinations which keep recurring. Any suggestions welcome.
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