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  • Birthday 12/28/1960

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  1. I'm heavily tattooed and at 60 the tattoos look considerably better than i do (I have a Hohner 4 stop melodeon tattoo but not a concertina.... yet ? )
  2. I love this. one of my fave Nina Simone tracks. The concertina playing is great. You must do more
  3. yup the hole on yours looks pretty much bang in the middle. I've emailed the button box just in case but I've bought a little bit of 6mm diameter delrin rod. I think i could make a button and that theres room to expand the existing guide hole. Got to be worth a go. thanks for your input ?
  4. here are my buttons. Are they like what you got from The Button Box? I'll pop off an email to them
  5. ok its been a few days now and no takers. I thought it might be so. Am I right in thinking the makers on this forum hand make each button? I'm going for 'plan B' which is a short length of 6mm delrin rod. initially i'll replace just the f#/D and see how that works out
  6. i have a Borinwood 30 button c/g amongst my small collection. I have pretty much stopped playing it in favour of a 30button g/d (which i play either along the row or as if it was a c/g ? )and an old 20button c/g lachenal, I realised that one of the reasons i have stopped playing it is because the buttons are only 5mm in diameter. Probably my lack of technique but when my left hand little finger reaches for the f# it often misses. I've just measured and my lachenal buttons are 6mm and on my g/d they are 6.5mm. I appreciate that this is not an instrument of any great quality but i want to replace the buttons with some around 6mm. I've had the beast apart and i think there is room to widen all the guide holes. It has metal end plates and the holes in these already seem wide enough. So can anybody point me in the direction of a supply of ready made 6mm concertina buttons please?
  7. I'm slowly coming round to acceptance of music downloads Like most here (?) i was brought up on vinyl and eventually moved over to cd's. But when i look at how i actually listen to recorded music I realise its digitally. Even back in the days of cd's i would buy a cd then immediately copy it on to my computer. The physical cd would probably never get played again. In fact thats exactly what i still do. Sure I enjoy the little packet from Custy's or elswhere dropping through the door, often with a little note in but I'll take the cd out put it onto my computer and then the cd will go on the shelf. I like to look at the sleeve notes -but not very often and theres no real reason the sleeve notes cant be made available with a download and they often are. For example i recently bought 'Two Gentlemen from Clare' from Custy's. Great service, as always. The cd arrives, i copy it on to my computer and then onto my 'fone. The actual cd now sits with all the others on the shelf. The digital copy is the one that gets played (very often, a wonderful album!) via my fone through my van stereo. probably too set in my ways now but i do accept that we cant reasonably expect people to be sat there with a 1000+ cd's when only a few 100 of us might actually buy a copy. Strangely i'd still want to own a physical copy BUT its having access to the music thats more important to me and if a download is all thats available, ill take that
  8. You have a 20 button, youve been playing a while and youre looking to 'step up' so things to consider... there are PLENTY of Irish tunes available to a 20 button instrument. I play mainly ITM on a 30 button anglo and often wonder why i have all these buttons :-) theres loads of them I never use Have you considered say a 26 button lachenal? theyre often available for much less than a 30 button. Barleycorn Concertinas may be able to sort you out with one. lastly if i was going to buy a 'budget' 30 button I think i would go for the Rochelle. I've played a friends and it was ok. PLUS they have a good reputation and are generally able to be resold. The concertina in your foto may be ok but id definately want to get my hands on one before i parted with any cash.
  9. its a low end instrument but many of us started out on similar and from there get the bug and get much better instruments.
  10. hola i think ive just started following you on instagram :-) I too do a lot of playing in a vehicle :-) Im probably going to get hung for this but..... I get the impression that in the UK at least many concertina players are, perhaps, of a generation that is not so familiar with the various social medias available.
  11. ahhh its the perennial topic I started on a Booringwood (?) 30 button c/g anglo. It cost me around £200 maybe a little more I think, new from Ebay. I'd never held a concertina let alone played one. I'd done a little reading around the subject on the interweb but obviously didnt know what i was doing. I played that box everyday for around a year or so, went to wccp events, slow music sessions and hung out with some very patient musicians Of course, eventually i bought a much better box costing nearly 10x as much and i very rarely play my old box -though i still own it. However my point is those Chinese boxes are many peoples introduction to concertina because they come in at a price that makes the box affordable. No, the production quality is not always very good but I see little alternative for anyone that would like to 'give it a go' but doesnt have a £1k+ to invest in an instrument that they may not take to. I may rarely play it and i have become very aware of its many faults but i have an affection for that little box and how it introduced me to the anglo
  12. Ive yet to see him in the flesh but i think ive bought most everything he's played on :-) I seem to remember him getting discussed on this forum last year when he was up for Radio 2's young folk musician of the year
  13. i dont have enough knoledge to know but im guessing that in this day and age such a thing would be relatively simple. Slight digression but I always wonder who buys stolen concertinas. The market must be pretty small (hopefully)
  14. to me standard music notation IS a form of tab. When i started playing i did use some of the other kinds of tab in various tutor books but there are SO many! so i decided to stick with 'conventional' written music. However i only really use written music when learning a tune and i. personally, dont consider a tune to be learnt untill i can play it from memory. I do learn tunes by ear too but i find this harder to do. I'm mainly playing ITM so mostly concerned with the melody. Sounds silly but I was at a workshop given by Ollie King ( a very good melodeon player) recently and the best bit of advice he gave was to learn where all the notes are on your instrument. Its quite suprising how many people that have been playing for years but only know part of their keyboard. So no its not essential but yes its very handy and transferable to other instruments. imo i wouldnt waste too much time on any of the various forms of tab
  15. I cant reccomend the Wolverton highly enough. Incredible value for the money and a very reliable and friendly guy to deal with. I recently took delivery of a g/d from him (as i already have a nice c/g) and i have to say I love it. Beautifully made and it sounds fantastic
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