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About HansiRowe

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  • Birthday 08/05/1949

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    John A Rowe

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    Petanque, Music, Art, Reading, Hiking, Dogs, Guitar, Concertina,
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    Safety Bay, West Australia
  1. Hi Guys I've decided to sell my lovely Anglo… I've enjoyed playing it but I've returned to guitars and ukuleles, and I find that I can only devote myself to one type of instrument, so I've decided to sell it. You all know this Anglo but I'll run through the spec... Rosewood ends, bone buttons (20), serial number 87119 which has been dated 1885 by Randall Merris, 5 bellows, new straps. Purchased from Barleycorn in September 2014. Bellows, reeds & valves all in good condition. No cracks, leaks, or damage anywhere. It didn't come with a case but I purchased a rather interestin
  2. Thanks Alex, Peter, and Chris… yes, exactly! I guess what I meant to write is… keeping it cool is one thing easy but combating the lack of humidity is something else completely the difficult part!
  3. Down here in West Australia we have the same lack of humidity problem but during summer, caused by the extremely dry heat… I have had wooden picture frames hanging on the wall that have 'sprung' a corner and warped so much that they have ended up twisting out as far as 12 inches from the wall. I have a lot of books and many of them end up with curled up pages… it's a big problem. As it cools down the pliable objects, like book pages, return to their flat position, but if a wooden object cracks, or glue melts, etc. then one is in all sorts of trouble! Most music shops here sell tiny humidifiers
  4. Wow…! Stunning… way out of my price range but it doesn't cost anything to look, dream, and drool….
  5. Hi Alex… wow, this one could be a touchy (pun intended) subject! Anyway, here's my humble opinion and how I personally interpret 'hand-crafted' when I see it written on an object… For me (very important to keep aware of that!) the term 'hand-crafted' has the feel that an item has been made without the use of power-tools, that each tool has been powered and guided by hand. I feel that the moment a power-tool is used the item in question looses that certain 'innocence' or 'purity' that most people still, perhaps romantically, associate with the term 'hand-crafted'. Go to a crafts fair and i
  6. I have a nice CD called 'Christmas with Dickens'… Festive music from the life and works of Charles Dickens. Here's a list of the songs...
  7. "Mine is B push/C pull as well, so it isn't all that rare." Thanks Ted… well, that makes at least three of us, I wonder how many others have the B/C set-up? Actually, the B/A set-up means that there are 5 As on the pull, including the 2 right hand ones, so maybe that extra C instead of an A isn't such a bad thing… reducing the As to 4 and increasing the Cs to 3 on the pull...
  8. "For some reason my 20-button Lachenal has the left hand #6 button as "B" push and "C" pull" Mine too Gary… ! I hadn't noticed that before as I haven't had to dig down that deep on the G row yet… any ideas why our Lachenals should be set up B/C? All of the fingering charts that I've seen show the B/A configuration…
  9. What I meant to say Gary… in Weeping, Sad & Lonely in bar 9, I have to break up that beautiful, long 1 drone by playing 10 on the push, and then continue the drone for the 3-1-9-2 run on the pull. It's a shame to have to do this as that long, deep drone is wonderful… at least when you play it! I'll have to save that long note for the day I upgrade to an extra bellows-fold or two...
  10. Sehr schön gesungen Ruediger, und so ein tolles Lied… (= very nicely sung and such an amazing song)…
  11. Thanks Rod… that'll be the day to break out the champagne…! I just wasn't sure if finding easier, alternative notes and ways around tricky passages was the accepted way. I feel now as if I have been given the green light to go ahead and do my own thing… within reason, of course! Cheers, John
  12. Thanks Mike… yes, two months is absolutely nothing at all and I'm not impatient, I'm really enjoying learning and discovering something new each day… as you say, it's a tricky instrument but very rewarding. Thanks very much for the run-down on the position of the duplicate notes... Cheers, John
  13. .."a music oriented science fiction convention.."! Uh… !
  14. Thanks very much Gary… yes, this does help a lot with the shortage of air although, playing 10 & 9 on the pull instead of the eighth note couplet of 2 &1 on the push doesn't sound quite as nice as the original 2 & 1 over the 5 & 3 drone… I guess it's one of those situations where playability just has to be the main factor. I like that 10 pull alternative in bar 8 as well, and gives some much needed air in preparation for bars 9 &10 on the push… thanks so much for working this out for me, I really appreciate that. That 10 pull is also a good place for me to practice using th
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