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  1. nicx66

    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
  4. '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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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
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    Tricks To Cover Up Mistakes

    Two things that I have noticed: 1 : flat topped keys VS. domed tops can change the way that you transition between notes and 2 : The keyboard position on a Lachenal/Wheatstone VS. the position on a Crabb/Jeffries is tilted in a different manner per the hand rests. The Lachenal type with flat buttons is more comfortable for me and I have smaller hands
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    Jeffries English Concertina For Sale

    A 48 key tenor at that! Boy O boy, Oh I would love to hear John Roberts with this instrument. I feel that, with his vocal range and style, this tenor would sound amazing
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    Irish Music On Wheatstone System?

    Cormac Begley plays a Baritone Bb/F Lachenal as well, as evidenced in this set, Bold Dohertys > P Joe Hayes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84s5W6Dygfg&t=7s
  12. This Ebay listing looks to be an oddball instrument. It does not appear to be a McCann, Crane, nor Jeffries style duet. The keyboard layout utilizes mirror-image-symettry, though the left hand and right hand are different. I did not explain that very well, oh well. The description says its anglo-german? https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/RARE-WHEATSTONE-DUET-AEOLA-72-Keys-AG-1926/173268894906?hash=item2857a184ba:g:qcMAAOSwDCxa0K-h
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    Amusing Carpentry Capers

    This is an excellent idea! I may have to steal it (the idea) for sourcing wooden fipples for my tin whistles! Nice work
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    German 20 Key With Switchable Second Voice

    That sounds beautiful YAGI! The tune reminds me of "The Minstrel Boy"
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    Sea Of Thieves Sighting

    A brass-reeded beast, no doubt, given the tropical climate!