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  1. speaker foam is ambient and works great
  2. I have a vintage brass reed anglo and I love the tone. It dates from around 1901 and has reeds similar to the type that Jones used. The original tuning was 70 cents sharp of C/G so I had it professionally serviced and tuned to C#/G#. Brass reeds are sensitive to any drastic changes from the original tuning, so bringing it to C/G was not an option. I have had 2 reed tongues crack and need to be replaced. The issues were related in my case. A cracked reed caused it to go out of tune by about 30 cents. Replacing it was easy and painless, thanks to Greg Jowaisas. The response on the brass reeds is great and for a band setting, the volume is perfect and it blends beautifully with other instruments. It would be interesting to see a modern maker do a brass reed anglo. I have heard only good things about Chris Algar. While I have not bought an instrument from him, he has been helpful in answering some inquiries and always very knowledgeable. Good luck on your purchase.
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    Bb /F Crab anglo 21 button

    Does it have steel or brass reeds?
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    Christmas songs... in Yiddish

    Fairytale of New York would be fantastic!
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    Wanted to buy: 40-key anglo concertina

    There was an early 50's Wheatstone, 40 key, C/G on Ebay recently with a buy it now price of $900! No one bought it and it was relisted as a regular auction and with a better heading, and it went for a good bit more. But deals are still out there, depending on how long you are willing to wait. That listing was from an estate sale and the seller was likely trying to move it.
  6. I think that this observation is the most accurate. The same can be said of the tin-whistle, which is an affordable flageolet, and came around the same time in the mid 19th century
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    Not Gone Yet!

    17th Century tunes sounding fantastic on these modern 19th century instruments!
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    Concertina Bow Arm

    Ashley MacIsaac has some fascinating insights into this as a left-handed fiddler, playing a fiddle strung for right handed players. His teacher never corrected this idiosyncrasy , but for a very practical reason, in that he could pick up any fiddle and play it without having to re-string. As far as influencing his playing, his power is in the low end, being that the fiddle is turned upside down.
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    Please ignore the politics

    arkwright- here you go. hope the link works, if not, type 'origami' into the search bar
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    Please ignore the politics

    Thats amazing! I have been working on an origami bear playing a concertina! Who am I fooling?, its been 90% finished for 2 years, ugh
  11. 'The well-tempered Clavier' was both a wrong answer and a correct answer on Jeopardy last week ! sorry, question, it was both the incorrect and the correct question (to two separate clues), because Jeopardy does everything backwards.
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    34 button anglo - Maker and date

    YAGI has a good eye when it comes to ID from a picture! In the last photo, you can see a riveted-action lever, also indicative of a Jones. Also of note are the end-frames, which appear smooth, instead of the usual horizontal line/detail. The hand straps appear original and in great shape compared to most. I hope they can be preserved. Very cool find!
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    Anglo Concertina And Cello.

    They just wrapped up a short tour of Ireland! I pleaded for a US tour, fingers crossed! I know that Rushed has also played the Greyfox music festival, which overlaps with Irish Arts Week, only a few miles from each other. I think he played Greyfox with Crooked Still. I sure hope they make it stateside, but I understand that it is very difficult for musicians from Ireland to make any money doing it "on the books" as a touring musician.
  14. I am interested in making a simple jig for springs to replace them when they fatigue and break. It has happened twice in the last 2 months so I am anticipating future spring failure. I have done a good bit of carpentry over the years and made jigs for window sash, etc. My concertina is a 30 key Connor C/G, his standard model. I had to salvage a couple of springs from a spares/repairs concertina that I have, however I realize that the springs are made to fit and not interchangeable. I watched an instructional youtube video on making this type of jig. I am curious about where to source the right gauge/type of wire and whether or not I should stick with the type that John Connor used? It seems quite thin, but I am sure that he used it for a good reason.
  15. The hand straps say Lachanel, and as this appears to be the only marking from the pictures, it is being sold as such (not by me). However, the fretted ends, parallel reed-pan layout, serial number markings,etc. remind me more of a Jones concertina. Maybe the more experienced eyes could weigh in. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Antique-Anglo-Vintage-English-Concertina-by-Lachenal-Co-Collectible/153023942496?hash=item23a0f00f60:g:iqEAAOSwoKFa-isb