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  1. I would guess it's because an F# was encountered more frequently in the music that they played than an Eb. They didn't want a lower row, but felt an F# would be useful enough to break the pattern. I recently had to design a range and layout myself. Mine also ends at that F, and I considered how much I needed the F# and where to put it, but ultimately left it out. I didn't really have any qualms about leaving the Eb off.
  2. I used to play organ and wanted something more portable, and the concertina reminded me of the sound. Also, everyone else in the house plays violin so I wanted something that would work well with that.
  3. Very interesting, thanks for sharing. I find this quite appealing and will give it a try the next time I arrange something for Hayden.
  4. inventor had wondered about the interior of the Stagi Hayden and I'm happy to help. Here's what mine looks like.
  5. As far as valuation, I have a Lachenal Crane duet of similar vintage, number 3032. When it was in the old pitch and in need of other refurbishment, it sold for 375 pounds on ebay in 2013. After restoration and retuning, I purchased it for 712 pounds in 2014. Yours has metal instead of bone buttons, the original strap, and less wear, so it's a bit nicer than mine.
  6. Steven, thanks for the album, I've really enjoyed it. I like Evergreen too, but Bones is definitely my favorite. And also thank you for the sheet music. I'm slowing learning Hayden duet so this is very nice to have to work with.
  7. When I experimented with this, I got some goat skin on ebay. It was a cheap piece because it had some flaws in it, but there was a concertina sized area that was nice. Of course I could have gotten fleeced, I don't know enough about leather to distinguish goat skin from anything except cow hide. But it seemed to do the job.
  8. I have a 46 button Maccann duet by Lachenal that I'm not using, and I do need some cash. It's in good, ready-to-play shape. Modern concert pitch, steel reeds, pretty exterior, and a good condition bellows. If you're interested, let me know and I'll take some pictures for you.
  9. I use Foxit Reader. The executable of the version I have, on Windows 7, is 35MB.
  10. I found this with my son at a park in Oakland, CA. For additional free reed goodness, there was an accordion playing clown performance. After some googling, I found out this was Jim Murdoch, a rather interesting fellow (http://jimmurdoch.org/bio.php).
  11. It's not the forum software itself. The web server that the forum software is running on has to be configured to use SSL. This requires a certificate from a certificate authority, which costs money every year. The result is that data being transmitted from your computer to this website is not end-to-end encrypted. So someone snooping the line or the wi-fi might be able to see everything you type, including your password. It's also easy for someone to spoof the site and pretend to be concertina.net. As Don said, use a unique password for this site.
  12. No, I know it's not mahogany. I recently acquired a concertina with that notation, and it's metal-ended. It also has what appears to be aluminum or duralumin reed shoes, although I see from other examples that those are noted in the ledger as such. The only thing I could think of was magnesium, but I've never heard of that being used so I'm guessing that's as absurd as it sounds. Dural is made with a small amount of magnesium, could it be a special alloy with higher magnesium? All I can say for sure is that after handling only concertinas with brass reed shoes, it was surprisingly lightweight.
  13. Does anyone know what the ledger notation "Mag" stands for? It seems to occur on the larger instruments Here are some examples: 30479 (Mag Octo 60 keys) http://www.horniman.info/DKNSARC/SD02/PAGES/D2P0300S.HTM 30689 (Mag Octo 9 1/2 75 keys) 30697 (Mag Octo 9 1/2 70 keys) http://www.horniman.info/DKNSARC/SD02/PAGES/D2P0380S.HTM 30736 (Crane Octo Mag 70 keys 9 1/2) http://www.horniman.info/DKNSARC/SD02/PAGES/D2P0400L.HTM
  14. I'm not sure if it's the kind of sea shanties that you're looking for, but I recently ran across two books of Newfoundland songs: "All Around the Circle" and "We'll Rant And We'll Roar". The publisher's website has a sample song from each book you can try for free: http://www.avondalemusic.com/tilthillsongbook2.html
  15. You could do something like the lo-jack approach using bluetooth. You run an app on your phone and via an inertia sensor in the instrument get a notification (as loud or as subtle as you desire) when the instrument is moved.
  16. Brian Hayden wrote a duet tutor, you can find it here: http://www.concertina.com/hayden-duet/Hayden-All-Systems-Duet-Workshop-Tutor.pdf There's a section on the button layout for the popular types of duets including Hayden and then some practice tunes that gradually increase in difficulty.
  17. Matthew, still can't message you and I don't see a button to mail you directly. You can mail me at XXXXX.
  18. Or maybe not. The system says MatthewVanitas can't receive any new messages.
  19. Thanks marien. I bought my primary instrument from him and this one is very similar. I'm looking for something for travel that is cheaper and ideally smaller (although I think now that's very unlikely) Matthew, I missed your reply. I'll send you a PM.
  20. Weight isn't really a concern, it's more about how much space it takes up in my carry-on bag and my ability to afford it. I was thinking that a 35 button would be less desirable (therefore cheaper) and physically smaller. The smaller part doesn't seem to be the case now that I've heard from people that have them. And I suppose any miniature, child-sized, or otherwise small ones would be very rare. Matthew, you should drop Lyle a line. If you do find an upgrade, I'd be interested in hearing about your less fine one.
  21. I'm looking for a small and sturdy Crane Duet for traveling. 35 buttons would work although I'm sure I'll miss the high A. It doesn't have to look pretty, but it does need a modern tuning. Thanks.
  22. I believe this allows me to move back to the airport, but at Heathrow Terminals 1,2,3 Hopefully it does not cause any resonance.
  23. Saturday, June 13 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM Somerville, MA, USA http://www.somervilleartscouncil.org/squeezebox The Nave Gallery and the Somerville Arts Council present the 4th Somerville Squeezebox Slam! This is a celebration, of accordions, button boxes and other free reed instruments. As with the first festival, accordionists of all skill levels and musical genres are invited to stroll around the neighborhoods of Somerville, sharing their melodious sounds, and like pied pipers from an alternative fairy tale, beckon all to come and follow them as they head to Davis Square for a concert of some of New England’s finest squeezebox players. So dust off your grandfather’s squeezebox that’s been sitting in the attic and join us for an afternoon of pumping the bellows! Accordion themed art/crafts will be for sale. Curated by Michael McLaughlin. From 12-3pm accordionists will stroll around Somerville, ultimately congregating in Davis Sq. Local accordionists bring your boxes, band together or find your own corner and play. There are no rules! This is accordion anarchy. At 3pm, head to Davis Sq. where Lady Kielbasia will get the concert rolling with a group play along, "The Big Squeeze." Kielbasia is an Accordion-Playing Drag Lunch Lady. She’s been voted Best Drag Queen with an Accordion in San Francisco, and was named Provincetown’s Family Favorite. After a long and illustrious career in cabaret, burlesque, and shameless private party entertainment in San Francisco, Provincetown, LA, and NYC, she is now semi-retired with her kitty and garden in Somerville. Performances in Seven Hills Park 3:15 Ralph Tufo and the Squeezebox Stompers 3:45 Sonny Barbato 4:15 Balkan Fields 4:45 Jinta-la-Mvata
  24. I was in a very similar situation at the beginning of last year, with nearly the same desires. What made the decision for me was finding a way to physically try a couple of instruments next to each other. First, I was able to rule out the cheap Chinese versions right away. And the difference in sound, size, and weight between a vintage instrument and the Elise/Jackie/etc was so apparent that I decided to make some changes in my budget. Plus, I liked the idea of an instrument with some history to it, even if I didn't know much of what it was. I ended up with a 48 button Crane duet, and have been very happy with it. Another thing I found somewhat useful was playing with the various system fingerings on the iPad concertina apps (Duettina, EnglitinaXL, ConcertinaXL). This gave me an idea how difficult certain types of music might be. Unfortunately, I couldn't find an app for the Crane, so was limited to a paper printout. One downside to a duet - there are very few instructional materials. There are some vintage tutors, and one modern one, but not multiple books and online courses like you can find for the Anglo. Also the upgrade path, at least for the Crane, seems to be sparse, but that might not be an issue for a long time.
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