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  • Birthday 10/01/1959

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    rickrussellpdx at gmail.com
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  1. Jack, I echo Susan’s comment that any of the three models are excellent. In my opinion, each model would be a right choice. Maybe ask yourself if you would have regrets by not having your preferred wood design, or the drone, or which ever feature(s) is unique to a certain model. I have happily played my Noel Hill Model for 3 years now, after 6 years with a CC Clover. The drone was the what decided it for me. And trying to use the drone, which also works just for chords btw, was led me to focus on working chords into ornamenting my playing. My interest is Irish tunes. I am a bit confused though with your statement about the “price jump”. You say, “While the Noel Hill model might be the obvious choice for someone debating between the Small and Standard, the price jump is significant, …” My view is: if you are considering a concertina priced at $6250 (currently per Carroll’s website) that’s is a lot of money! The NH model at $7250, is still, only, a lot of money… Considering the years of future playing: will it matter? Unless there is that “regret” about paying more. Regardless, enjoy (soon) your new concertina!
  2. Hi Monica Magpie! There are several Anglo concertina players in the area. Six to 8 of us (former or current students of Noel Hill) would meet monthly, until the COVID problems.... so we are waiting for that to pass so we can get together again. Since we all met at Noel’s classes, there is a strong emphasis on Irish Trad Tunes. There are at least another 8 or more concertina players who I hadn’t see often (or have heard rumors of), who are into different genres or ??? Until gatherings can safely return, it is hard to connect with other players. It is surprising, the number “hidden” players around town. Going to various classes, sessions, workshops, dances, events etc. you then start meeting them... but that must wait ...
  3. I own a Clover (deluxe) and played it daily for over 5 years. Some of my friends had the Morse Ceili, which I played one or two (only) tunes on. From my experience they are equal instruments. The Morse has larger diameter buttons compared to the Clover. Of course I am totally bias toward the Clover, which I love! And my friends loved their Morse! Both models are good and could be a wonderful concertina for you. So I would recommend the one which “speaks” to you and has the features YOU think are important. We have since upgraded. For me it took 4 years before I could utilize the features and welcome the price of the upgrade.
  4. Richard, Sorry to read of your hand troubles. About 20 years ago I had extensor tendon repair on my middle finger. After the pin was removed, I wanted to quickly recover. So I really worked hard and LOTS on the physical therapy! In fact I OVER DID it and started to develop carpal tunnel syndrome in that hand. The whole hand would go numb. Once I realized what was going on, I backed off on the PT exercises. I rested the hand for it to recover, then only gently did the PT once in the morning and again day night...... The hand doesn’t bother me now with playing. But if I over use it, like gripping a stir stick for mixing many batches of epoxy or paint, the numbness begins to return. This was before I took up the concertina though. So resting the hand now would be very difficult.... How did you manage the concertina while the tendon healed? I would only have the Carpel Tunnel release surgery as a last resort. Although the folks I know who have had it were glad, those tendons in the wrist which they cut, have to be there for a purpose. I remember my hand surgeon who reattached my finger tendon said, “everything in the hand is tied together, and affects the whole hand.” Good luck. Rick
  5. Mahogany ended Lachenal, 30 Button, C/G, refurbished by Greg Jowaisas. Looks like serial number 195732, (the last digit is partially obscured). Includes case, which is old but probably not original since the case has a sticker, “C. Wheatstone & Co. ....” Price $1500 which is what I paid for it. You pay for shipping carrier of you choice.
  6. I think Kennead’s explanation is on the mark. Great photo illustrating the point btw! Before I retired, I would get calluses on the thumb side of my index and middle fingers especially in the right hand. When they cracked it was very irritating. I assumed it was from holding my pencil while doing engineering calcs. But that didn’t explain the left hand nor the index fingers since the pencil was not on those spots. But thinking about kennead’s photo, I handled lots of paper and blueprints, holding them between the thumb and index finger! When blueprints where developed with ammonia, the calluses were really bad. Probable some reside on the paper from the printer irritated the skin causing calluses. I play my concertina daily and often but no calluses now from that.
  7. Sorry, probably not any YouTube clips. Noel did release a new CD, last Spring, "Irish Concertina 3, Live in New York".
  8. Greetings fellow music lovers - Portland Oregon, USA House of Doolescu is delighted to host Irish concertina legend Noel Hill for a night of incandescent music on Friday, August 11, from 7:00 - 9:00pm. Noel is a prolific recording artist and consumate performer, as well as a dedicated teacher. Hell be performing here at house of Doolescu at the conclusion of a week of teaching concertina classes in Newberg, Oregon. We ask that you pay in advance, which guarantees you a seat for the concert. You may do this by going to our PayPal link http://www.houseofdoolescu.com/fun/NoelHill.html. Or by sending us a check, or paying with cash in advance. When we receive your payment, we will send you our address. Those who wish to send us a check should contact Nancy in advance at concerts@nancyconescu.com so that she can give you the mailing address. Those who prefer to pay at the door will be seated on a first come, first serve basis after those with reservations have been seated. Please contact me in advance so that we can make arrangements. Hope to see you on . This should be a truly magical show!
  9. Richard, I completely agree! When I first took up concertina I should have gone to the workshop at the first chance, in 2013. It would have greatly boosted my start with the concertina! Last February, I also attended Noel's workshop in Ireland. There was the same welcoming camaraderie and helpfulness. It certainly was the highlight of my 3 week visit there. I too recommend Noel Hill Irish Concertina School, NHICS for Irish traditional music on the Anglo. Rick
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