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Luke Hillman

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  1. Thanks everyone. @dabbler—I hadn't noticed that the Beaumont doesn't have the slant. I think it'll be easy enough for me to track down one of those and give it a test drive. @alex_holden, that is a pretty box. I was actually just musing on the possibility of adding thumb loops to my Anglo to make it easier to play standing up, and I feel validated to know at least one other person has done it! Also enjoyed reading about your process for creating the raised ends. And I actually used the same ferric chloride etching process in one of my (alas, non-concertina) projects: pic1 pic2
  2. Hi folks. I've been playing around with an "Elise" Hayden from the Concertina Connection for a few weeks now, and I generally like it and find the layout elegant. But, one thing I can't seem to get over (coming from Anglo) is the slant of the keyboard. I gather the reason for the slant is to make jumping up or down an octave less awkward, but for the most part it just causes my fingers to lose track of which row they're on. I see on Mr Wakker's site that his Wicky concertinas are identical to the Haydens but without the slant (I'm aware that non-Wakker Wickys may differ in other ways). Does anyone here with more Hayden/Wicky experience have advice on whether it would be beneficial in the long term to persevere with the Hayden slant? Or just to follow my instinct and opt for Wicky? By the way, I've been watching @Jim Bayliss's excellent videos on YouTube of both Hayden and Wicky (I think?), including one of the most awesome/ridiculous concertinas I've ever seen.
  3. Oh hey, that's me! Thanks for providing tabs, RJH. I first heard it from one of the Button Box's demonstration videos (starts at 00:29) and played it from memory much later, so I didn't get the chords 100% right. Thanks Petey, credit for that arrangement goes to @adrian brown: video
  4. My main squeeze is a Clover, which I bought in 2015 before I had any experience with anything else. Really excellent little box. You won't be disappointed.
  5. You're actually stretching the limits of my poor, sub-literate musical lexicon, but... yes, the chords are mostly arpeggiated right up until the ends of the phrases. I don't believe I omitted any thirds; if I did it was likely due to incompetence. For me, the upper end of a C/G concertina (or a D/G melodeon) is almost intolerable, though it's better to my ear with traditional concertina reeds (like on this Jeffries) than on hybrid accordion reeds (like on my Clover). Since I prefer to keep my melodies on my right hand and my harmonies on my left, for sanity, I spend a lot of time up in that range when playing English music in G. It's great for being heard, but not so great if you're playing for your own enjoyment, in my experience.
  6. Thank you for your kind words @Nabio! My favorite Morris tune. I learned this version from @adrian brown's video here. I play by ear and don't have the sheet music for this exact arrangement, but these chords seem to be accurate, and there's lots of free sheet music for the melody out there (for example). Hope this helps. You can absolutely play this on a Wheatstone anglo; in fact, my other concertina is a 30-button Wheatstone one. The only problem is that I like to play this tune in F, and on my 30-button C/G, I don't have the very highest note (third measure of the B part) in the right direction. I don't have a layout chart in front of me, but you'd probably have that note on a 40-button Wheatstone. It pains me to say, but when I play it on the 30b, I usually just play the chord and leave that note of the melody out, hoping that the listener's ear will fill it in. You could play it in another key and have all the notes. G works, and is traditional, but it's so squeaky!
  7. Deleted, I meant to send a PM.

  8. So far very little interest, so I'm reducing my asking price again. Message if you're interested.
  9. Cheers @Jake Middleton-Metcalfe! I suppose I have plenty of time to post more videos, considering the present situation. Hope you're doing well over there.
  10. Reasonable offers considered. If you're curious, PM me!
  11. Price reduction to $6,500. It would be great to find this box a new home for Christmas!
  12. This concertina has been sold. I have a 38-button C/G Jeffries anglo in excellent condition for sale. I've had it for two years, during which time it's been beautifully restored to top playing condition by Greg Jowaisas: New 7-fold bellows All reeds are Jeffries and sound great 1/5 comma meantone tuning Sometime in its—likely South African—past, this concertina had its ends re-plated and its buttons replaced (see pics). The buttons lack bushings. The new owner may wish to correct this; it doesn't bother me. Listing includes the hard case, newly blocked for this instrument. Photos (pics of the internals are from Greg; I haven't opened it up myself): Demo Video | bonus video: Orange in Bloom I am told that this instrument could likely have more work done to optimize its action and airflow, though it plays quite well by my reckoning. Selling because I use my other concertina more for gigs and, though it's a great box, I never really "bonded" with this instrument -- I think I'm leaning in the direction of eventually getting a mellower instrument like a Bb/F or a G/D. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to reply to this thread or send a PM. As of April 2020, Asking $5,000 (selling at a rather steep loss, but I'm interested in seeing it successfully re-homed soon). Reasonable offers welcome. I'm in the San Francisco area and will happily ship wherever (free shipping to the US or Canada).
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