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Posts posted by jmyersgoucheredu


    No need for such humor. It was an interesteing topic with many interesting opinions expressed and some were done in excellent writing. When you will start a topic of such interest, then you can sprinkle it with some jokes.

    The main idea is not necessarily who are you to tell me what to buy, but rather "who am I to justify such an instrument"?


    Well, thank you so much. Between Mr. McCabe telling us what instrument we can play and you telling us what we can say, I'm sure the world will be a safer and nicer place. :D


    Have a nice day! :)



  2. Gee, Mr. McCabe, I sure wish music was as important to me as it is to you. Maybe you could give me some lessons on the concertina. I promise I only have a Morse Anglo, but if you think that's too advanced for my playing, I will trade it for a Stagi or perhaps a kazoo or a bodhran. Maybe you could put a seal of approval on the instrument with your very own signature! I'll cancel my order for a Wheatstone today so that I can help make better instruments available by decreasing the demand for them.


    Truly yours in sincere humility,

    Jeff Myers


    P.S.--Do you think you could possibly spare a cup of your ego?


    P.P.S.--My daughters play Irish trad on the fiddle even better than you do on the concertina (if such a thing is imaginable). It's quite unfair they don't own strads. Do you think you could do something about this deplorable situation if there are a few moments when you are not devoting your life to music?

  3. I've enabled an RSS feed of the main "General Discussion" forum here. Click on the little RSS orange button at the bottom left of the site and you can get the URL, which you can then use to add this Concertina.net feed to your favourite aggregator. I've tested it with my MyYahoo page and it appears to work fine. Any other interest? I'm not a real RSS user, so this is the first time I've really thought about it... I can make feeds for the other forums too I guess if there's any interest.



    Paul, does the RSS feed automatically update? I ask because I compared the topics listed on the feed with those on the forum, and they didn't match. The feed topics seemed to be older.


    Jeff Myers

  4. The most disturbing thing is that my daughter is attracted to Captin Jack Sparrow !


    Tee hee- she'd better stand in line! My daughter's in love with him, too! She gleefully came home to tell me about the concertina scene.


    One daughter likes Captain Jack, and the other likes Will Turner.


    I didn't notice the bellows papers. I thought it looked like a Morse, but I guess not.


    Jeff Myers


    P.S.--Terrible movie, by the way. Lacks all the charm of the first episode.

  5. Another topic on recording got me to thinking that maybe its time for me to join the 21st century and get a portable MP3 player. I'm not very technically savvy and want something simple to use, with good battery life, good sound and able to handle 20GB+ of music. I record sessions I play at on my little Sony IC recorder, then transfer it to my laptop and convert it to MP3. Sure would be nice to listen to this in the car too.


    Any advice from the c.net techo-crowd?


    Toshiba has just come out with a player called the Gigabeat S. It's getting great reviews:


    Gigabeat S review


    Jeff Myers

  6. We don't need badges; we have t-shirts and such.


    At the contra dance at a big folk festival here in Washington, I looked down from the stage -- and saw a dancer wearing a concertina.net T-shirt!  Had a nice conversation when the dance was over.


    Moral of the story: buy c.net apparel and wear it around town.


    That was me, Jim. I would have replied sooner, but I (and my concertina) have been traveling in Greece and ignoring the computer. Hope to dance to your music again soon.


    Jeff Myers

  7. My girls (12 and 14), who both play Irish and English Country on the fiddle (and don't listen to contemporary pop stuff) say my playing "is fine." When and where I play, however, "is a different matter," especially if they're sleeping. I swear I never play until after 10:00 AM! Guess that's still early for teenagers.


    Jeff Myers

  8. Recently, concertina maker Colin Dipper has been slandered in this Forum by an individual claiming dissatisfaction as a customer.


    Good grief! Someone's been waiting for an instrument for 10 years, growing older all the time, gets a little frustrated and says a few things on this list. Suddenly, some people act like he accused Mother Teresa (sp?) of child molestation. I sympathize with the wonderful work for little reward that all of the instrument makers do for all of us. But I also sympathize with a guy who sees his musical life passing by as he waits and waits. The truth is that none of us knows the facts in this particular case. And accusing someone of slander without knowing those facts sounds dangerously close to slander itself to me. <_<


    Jeff Myers

  9. Aside from the Hayden, the Franglo, and the less radical innovation of the 24-button Edgley anglo, can anyone tell me of any truly "custom" keyboards that have been built by one of the contemporary makers?  I don't count changing a few notes or even adding one or two buttons to a standard anglo.


    Well, I can. Layout is linked below, built by Bob Tedrow to my design.




    Bob Tedrow also made a special layout for me, and I am on the Wheatstone waiting list for a similar layout.


    Jeff Myers

  10. looks like it'd be a PERFECT first concertina for my kid-on-the-way.


    (which, by the way, we found out will be a girl -- Keely Rose Garman should hit the world running some time in late December) (and yes, I want her to try the concertina!)


    My girls actually had one of these when they were about two. They loved it. But beware: they both now play the fiddle (although my oldest has begun to pick out Playford tunes on my concertina).


    Jeff Myers


    P.S.--I guess congratulations are due by now!

  11. I believe I heard from Jim Coogan (player and seller of Irish button boxes) that some years ago someone (Suttner?) had made a special-order anglo to mimic the Irish button box layout. I think the tuning was B/C, but I'm not sure. I believe the concertina came into his possession and he sold it a number of years ago. In any event, I have only a vague recollection of this.


    Jeff Myers

  12. Was in Rome this summer. What a delightful place! In addition to all of the usual places, be sure to call ahead (24 hours) for a reservation for the Borghese Gallery. It's a wonderful museum in a beautiful park.


    The subway is very convenient, and there will probably be a PA player in the car at some point. Give her a nice tip!


    With envy at the fun you're going to have,

    Jeff Myers


    P.S.--Outside the tourist areas, the food is better and cheaper.

  13. an elderly man came up to me, thanked me for the music and a put a one dollar bill in my open case.  I was very surprised.

    My family and I just returned from two weeks in Italy. We brought my concertina and a violin. Since our hotel in Florence was across the street from the Dublin Bar, we got out the instruments and started playing some Irish tunes, me on the concertina and my wife and daughters taking turns with the fiddle. We made seven euros!


    A couple days later, my wife and I played along the canal in Venice. We didn't open a case up for money (the kids weren't there), but an old fellow did stop by twice, conveying to us (he had no English, and my Italian is a bit rusty) that he used to play a PA. Of course, my report of his enthusiasm for our music must be qualified by the fact that he was wearing a hearing-aid. My oldest daughter said, "I thought so."


    Jeff Myers


    P.S.--Oh, one tourist took a video of us playing. She's probably showing "the Venetian street musicians" to friends and family. :lol:

  14. she views it as "the sound of a cat getting beaten with a stick."


    Does anyone else have a similar problem?

    Bill, not only does a friend in the office next to me often tell me to stop strangling that cat, but my sister-in-law's cat gave me the oddest look when it first heard my concertina and then ran away in terror and wasn't seen for two days. Perhaps there is something about cats and concertinas. If your wife is a cat lover, perhaps the sound really is too painful to bear.


    On the other hand, I have to admit that people who have heard me play have been known to disappear for days, and some of them were dog lovers! :(


    Jeff Myers

  15. So come on out tonight and help expand the free reed section as the Open Band plays for the  Washington Folk Festival dance! Help me not be the only concertina player in the throng.

    Jim, I'd love to but for two problems:


    First, I don't think I'm quite good enough for prime time.


    Second, I'm ill and won't be going anywhere tonight.


    I'll look for you the next time we dance to the open band. I'll be the guy in the black kilt.


    Jeff Myers

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