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  1. For sale: Concertina Connection Rochelle anglo bought new from Harry Geuns in the Netherlands in December 2014.


    C/G, 30 buttons, 7 folds, Wheatstone layout.


    Mint condition, used three months at the time, before I bought an Edgley and later moved to New York City.


    I'm including the gig bag and two books: the Wim Wakker instruction book and Easy Anglo 1-2-3 by Gary Coover.


    $350 plus shipping if outside NYC area.


    EDIT: I am also selling microphones: Electro-Voice RE27 mint $500, AKG C-414 LTD mint $1000, Sennheiser MD441U good cond $600




  2. Looks like a Lachenal to me. Here are photos of my 24-button and 22-button Lachenals. These have the all-important C# for playing in the key of D along with useful reversed G/A notes. I read somewhere that these were designed for the Irish market - a lower-cost alternative to the 26-button (my main instrument) and 30-button variants, and just fine for playing many tunes in C,G, and D.


    Lachenal_ 24_buttons.JPG

  3. I have a Stagi C2 in decent condition I might consider selling for $300, but I am in Europe and shipping cost would likely be substantial. I will be visiting NYC in early November, or possibly later this summer, and could bring it along. I bought it used from somebody whose father bought it new 20 years ago but never played it - the tuning is decent enough I haven't felt the need to have it tuned. It is badged Saltarelle (a French accordion manufacturer) but is a Stagi. The doubled reeds (accordion sound) and German layout (straight rows) are a bit exotic (my other concertinas are Lachenals and an Edgley).





  4. "Now, it is a fact, that there was nothing at all particular about the knocker on the door, except that it was very large. It is also a fact, that Scrooge had seen it, night and morning, during his whole residence in that place; also that Scrooge had as little of what is called fancy about him as any man in the city of London, even including -- which is a bold word -- the corporation, aldermen, and livery. Let it also be borne in mind that Scrooge had not bestowed one thought on Marley, since his last mention of his seven years’ dead partner that afternoon. And then let any man explain to me, if he can, how it happened that Scrooge, having his key in the lock of the door, saw in the knocker, without its undergoing any intermediate process of change -- not a knocker, but Marley’s face."




    "A Christmas Carol", Charles Dickens, 1843.


  5. A bit off-topic, but I feel the links below could be of interest


    The Australian War Memorial has a pair of Lachenal anglos which saw WWI service in Gallipoli and France, both of which belonged to a field ambulance sergeant and which he donated in 1924. The bellows papers were signed by soldiers with the places he was stationed.


    The story is wonderful:

    'When we went to France, I still carried the old concertina until about August 1916 when I decided to pension the old instrument off and I sent it back home. I had it autographed by the officers and men of the unit, and also marked the names of the different places where I carried [it].

    'The boys of the unit were so used to the old instrument that they made a collection and gave me the money to buy a new concertina, which I had sent from London and which I carried with me and used to good purpose till I left the unit.'


    No info given about which tunes were played on it Im afraid







  6. I got to the Horniman myself in the end but the instruments we got to see close up were limited to eight and none were by Rock Chidley. I got quite a good shot of a George Jones label but there's every chance that nobody will be interested in it!

    Hi Pete! did you see the t-shirt I got with your Lachenal label? and in that thread we worked on an old Wheatstone label too. I could process that George Jones label if you wish


  7. Nice work - but just wondering if there are any potential copyright issues? I don't think it's likely, but you never know.......... You're probably safe just getting one or two made for non-commercial personal use, but commercial copyright law can be a funny old thing.




    An appropriate question, when I had my Lachenal shirt made I figured no copyright claimant would materialize for a concern that went under in the 1930s... however Steve Dickinson might have a point of view about the old Wheatstone logo ;-)



  8. I did a Google image search and found our own Peter Dunk has done a good deal of the work on a Wheatstone label already ...




    That, combined with a bit of time in a graphics package and Sean's advice on printing, and we could have a goer here!


    I've had a go... examples attached of Pete's cleaned logo (I believe original visual was from the Concertina Museum)


    Tip: rename long filenames to short before uploading to t-shirt services




    P.S. for reference (be not faint of heart), these are the imagemagick steps I ran to generate these files

    # use imagemagick modulate to de-yellow image and white-threshold to bleach it further

    $ convert WheatstoneEarlyLabel.png -modulate 168,0,0 -white-threshold 90% WheatstoneEarlyLabel.168,0,0.whitethresh90.png

    # variant: generate multiple images with range of modulate values, helps select best value quickly

    $ for BRIGHTNESS in $(jot 10 150 170) ; do convert WheatstoneEarlyLabel.png -modulate ${BRIGHTNESS},0,0 -white-threshold 90% WheatstoneEarlyLabel.${BRIGHTNESS},0,0.whitethresh90.png; done


    # create a clean inner ellipse mask to replace logo's damaged one

    $ convert -size 800x482 xc:none -fill none -stroke black -strokewidth 4 -draw "ellipse 400,240 346,173 0,360" Wheatstone_ellipse_only.png

    # create mask for background area outside ellipse: extra step required since can't draw transparent ellipse directly

    $ convert -size 800x482 xc:white -fill black -stroke black -strokewidth 4 -draw "ellipse 400,240 346,173 0,360" Wheatstone_ellipse_blkfill.png

    # make oval/ellipse transparent

    $ convert Wheatstone_ellipse_blkfill.png -fuzz 60% -transparent black Wheatstone_ellipse_nofill.png


    # combine cleaned image and ellipse only, then resulting image with background mask

    $ convert WheatstoneEarlyLabel.168,0,0.whitethresh90.png Wheatstone_ellipse_only.png -compose DstOut -composite WheatstoneEarlyLabel.168,0,0.whitethresh90.ellipse.png

    $ convert WheatstoneEarlyLabel.168,0,0.whitethresh90.ellipse.png Wheatstone_ellipse_nofill.png -compose Screen -composite WheatstoneEarlyLabel.168,0,0.whitethresh90.ellipse_nofill_screen.png



    # inverse colors

    $ convert WheatstoneEarlyLabel.168,0,0.whitethresh90.ellipse_nofill_screen.png -negate WheatstoneEarlyLabel.168,0,0.whitethresh90.ellipse_nofill_screen.blk.png

    # brighten up text

    $ convert WheatstoneEarlyLabel.168,0,0.whitethresh90.ellipse_nofill_screen.blk.png -brightness-contrast 20,70 WheatstoneEarlyLabel.168,0,0.whitethresh90.ellipse_nofill_screen.blk.br-cr20,70.png

    # make background transparent

    $ convert WheatstoneEarlyLabel.168,0,0.whitethresh90.ellipse_nofill_screen.blk.br-cr20,70.png -fuzz 60% -transparent black WheatstoneEarlyLabel.168,0,0.whitethresh90.ellipse_nofill_screen.blk.br-cr20,70.transp.png

    # collapse to 2 colors, no dithering

    $ convert WheatstoneEarlyLabel.168,0,0.whitethresh90.ellipse_nofill_screen.blk.br-cr20,70.transp.png +dither -colors 2 WheatstoneEarlyLabel.168,0,0.whitethresh90.ellipse_nofill_screen.blk.br-cr20,70.transp_white.png



    # apply mask to original logo image

    $ convert WheatstoneEarlyLabel.png Wheatstone_ellipse_nofill.png -compose Screen -composite WheatstoneEarlyLabel.ellipse_nofill_screen.png

    # make background area transparent

    $ convert WheatstoneEarlyLabel.ellipse_nofill_screen.png -transparent white WheatstoneEarlyLabel.ellipse_nofill_screen.transp.png






  9. And you'll be offering these for sale when and for how much? Or through an online service like Zazzle or CafePress? Hope so!



    I'm afraid I'm busy enough without starting a new business venture... but here's the adjusted Lachenal logo you could use


    I merely connected to Spreadshirt, uploaded the graphic, positioned it higher on the shirt. They have different printing processes based on the source graphic, this one was called "Digital Direct"


    If anyone has a clean Wheatstone logo, I could adapt that one too




  10. I have been enjoying my little Lachenal anglo so much I decided to get a t-shirt done with the logo. A fine clean logo is on the museum page - many thanks to spindizzy & tallship!


    I inverted the colors (black->white), made the background transparent, and collapsed to 2 colors. I am pleased with the results, I used one of the commercial online t-shirt services.




    P.S. for the curious, these are the imagemagick commands I used on my Mac:


    # inverse colors
    $ convert lach_label5.jpg -negate lach_label5_blk.jpg


    # make background transparent
    $ convert lach_label5_blk.jpg -fuzz 60% -transparent black lach_label5_transp.png
    # alternatively, change background color
    $ convert lach_label5_blk.jpg -fuzz 60% -fill darkblue -opaque black lach_label5_blu.jpg

    # collapse to 2 colors, no dithering
    $ convert lach_label5_transp.png +dither -colors 2 lach_label5_transp_white.png


  11. My daughter attends the University of Glasgow and last time I visited I stayed at the SYHA hostel up the hill on Park Terrace with my teenage son. We were quite happy with it, low-key, friendly, solid breakfast, nice view of the park, short walk to the Kelvingrove museum, walk down the hill the other direction to Sauchiehall Street area, cozy cafés nearby along Woodlands Road.


    I am very interested in the turn of the century Glasgow Art Nouveau style and I very much enjoyed the rebuilt interior of the Mackintoshes' residence, located at the Hunterian Art Gallery - when the house was destroyed in the early 1960s, the interior was saved & rebuilt with the original fittings & furnishings... inside a concrete block of a building!


    My daughter often flies from/to Edinburgh, for the Glasgow transfer she prefers the bus to a train, don't remember why (maybe to save some silver, maybe because direct to the airport).



  12. Never mind, I did find it here. Thanks folks! "Turkish Music" was the tune I was looking for.






    It seems this is only the first half of the book... the zip files of Alan's scans (photos) which had been posted on the ICA site are gone, and it seems Juliette Daum's recent website revamp made her JPEGs disappear too. I tried my luck on the Wayback Machine, but they hadn't crawled the ICA zips. If anyone has these, I'd be willing to collate them into a PDF with a table of contents

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