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PhilMeyers

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    Staying alive until my Dipper is finished.
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    El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Angeles del Río de Porciúncula

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  1. Why do I go to session? Because I can. I often approach my session at the Celtic Arts Center with trepidation because I'm not that strong a player. Still, they haven't thrown me out yet and I've never regretted going. It is sometimes humbling, but nothing like it to make me practice and learn new tunes.
  2. Thanks everyone. To answer the questions so far. I waited six years for it. The tone is loud, clear and sweet.
  3. I can't believe it, but I finally have my Dipper. It's a County Clare with rosewood ends and it is a gorgeous piece of work. Also said goodbye to my trusty old Wallis (Lachenal) and shipped it to its new home in Canada. Anyway, here's the new addition to the family: I must say that I 'm a little nervous about taking it out to sessions. I don't think I own anything as hard to replace (not counting the wife and kids).
  4. Mark, I just put a very nice Lachenal on ebay. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewI...AMESE%3AIT&rd=1 Phil Meyers
  5. Now it's on ebay. Here's a chance to pick it up for less! http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewI...AMESE%3AIT&rd=1
  6. This is a "high-end" Lachenal built for "J.Wallis & Son, 133 and 135 Euston Rd., N.W., London". It has rosewood ends, bone buttons and six-fold bellows. The extra two keys are a baby's cry and a bird whistle. The (C/G) layout is modified to approximate Colin Dipper's "Double C# scheme" with the variation of a pulled low "A" in the left accidental row suggested by Noel Hill. Also, the pushed F# on the right accidental row is an octave higher than in Colin's scheme. (see picture). A custom-built case is included. I purchased this concertina from the Button Box approximately eight years ago where it had been extensively reworked (new pads, bellows, etc.). They also did the subsequent layout modifications. Serial number is 103495, for which my research indicates a manufacture date of mid-1880's to early-1890's. Anyone who attended the Oregon Noel Hill Workshops up to 2003 might have seen and heard this instrument. It is easy-playing, sweet-sounding and in excellent condition. The only reason I am selling it is that my County Clare Dipper is nearing completion and I can't afford to keep both. I live in Los Angeles and will promptly ship insured ground for an additional $40.00. I am registered with both PayPal and iEscrow. Price is $2,760.00. -Phil Meyers
  7. "Is that a Concertina in your pants. or are you glad to see me?"
  8. Thanks everyone for the feedback. What I did is send my Lachenal back to the BBox to get reasonably close to Dipper's "Co Clare" right accidental row layout and then bit the bullet and sent off a note to the Big Dipper to do the same. So what I'll have is C#/C# F#*/Eb G#/G C#/Bb A/D * same as the right hand F# on the Lachenal, maybe the same as the suggested left hand F# on the Dipper if it isn't too late. I know this will delay the Dipper, but I feel like the Count of Monte Cristo already - a little longer won't kill me. Also, I'll have a brief period while the Lach is in the shop to hopefully forget some of the bad habits I've acquired. Then I can tackle a reasonably standard format. Onward and upward.
  9. Hello, my name is Phil and I'm a Key-Changing Addict... It all started innocently enough. Got a nice C/G Lachenal about 7 years ago, started taking Noel's workshop* a bit after that, ordered a Dipper, and then starting messing with my Lachenal's R. Accidental row one reed at a time (influenced by Dipper's County Clare scheme, Noel's default Jeffries-style handouts and possibly Satan). Years later, I have ended up with this: (L to R push/pull) C#/C# F#**/D# G#/A# C#/D# A/D This seems to work well for me for most of the tunes and keys I've undertaken, but here's the rub: Have I spent all this time building bad habits? Not that it's been offered, but I doubt I could pick up any other Anglo and play it. Since I've been in a dry spell for a while and haven't played that much, I'm wondering if I shouldn't just call Dipper and have him revert the one a-buildin'*** to a straight Jeffries layout and then ship my puppy back to the Button Box (again!) for the same thing. What say you? *Oregon NHICS people: I'm not dead - just broke! Will miss seeing you again this year. **That the same F# as the 1st button on the R. G row. ***He says it will be ready in September, but then he says a lot of things and then never calls me in the morning.
  10. Thanks for the very useful info, everyone. A couple of technical questions: •What does "badge-engineered" mean? • I think I do have a "hook and loop" type action, but what would a rivetted action look like?
  11. I bought my Anglo concertina several years ago from the Button Box as a Lachenal, but the name on it is "J. Wallis & Son, 133 & 135 Euston Rd N.W., London," serial number in the 38,000's, rosewood ends 32 buttons. I'm not complaining; it's a very sweet sounding and playing instrument, though I will probably be selling it fairly soon as I've got a Dipper nearing completion (or so they say). Question is: How do I know it's a Lachenal? Frankly, I've seen some Lachenals at the NHICS and this seems to be better finished. Any ideas?
  12. I MUST go next year. Anyone want to buy one of my children?
  13. No NHICS for me this year. Too much going on this Summer in my line of work (photojournalism). Hope this doesn't mean I'll never be able to get in to the Oregon school again; though strongly considering next Winter in Ireland if that's still on.
  14. Also on the invaluable JC site (http://trillian.mit.edu/~jc/music/abc/FindTune.html), there are midi files. If you PC can play them, you can hear if there are chords on the ABC version before you download it.
  15. This is more of a general music question, but as I play more music (I have recently promoted myself from terrible to bad), I find I have an affinity for tunes in certain keys. I'm not talking about the degree of difficulty of playing in that key (though it does seem to be inversely proportional to the keys I like), but about which ones strike your fancy and why. I am drawn to A major-it seems to be energetic and moody at the same time (See my avatar. And no, I'm not a Scotsman). I also like the quirkiness of G minor and the brightness of B flat major. These are all relative finger-busters on a C/G anglo. You?
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