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Dave Weinstein

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  1. The new CITES change for instruments only affects the Dalbergia rules.
  2. Does anyone have an agent they can recommend in the UK that they trust to handle the paperwork to bring an instrument containing Ebony into the United States?
  3. The layout I play is centered on D/E just above Middle C, and optimized for the keys of G and D, so I almost always play across the three columns closest to the index fingers.
  4. I have a pair of D/G instruments (one by Bob, one by the Dippers), G in the middle, D as the inner row but down a 4th rather than up a fifth.. The biggest challenge (other than the lack of instructional materials) for an Irish sound is that you can very easily play very long runs in one direction across the rows, which gives less of a bounce than Irish concertina tends to have. Oh, and you have to commission the instruments separately, and you can't really play other peoples' instruments. The enforced quasi-immunity to Gear Acquisition Syndrome may be construed as a benefit in some circles.
  5. All my instruments are in a room kept at 45% Relative Humidity, so that should be ok.
  6. We are approaching the traditional three months of sunshine in the Pacific Northwest, and there are weekend places for rent along Puget Sound (salt water). The question is, assuming playing inside, on a dry day, but within 100 meters of the salt water, how much risk to the instruments are involved?
  7. If you're considering the risk of salt air to Concertinas, how far is safe? Just stay away from being on the water? Be careful being within a few dozen feet of the water? Stay a few blocks away? Coastal towns are a bad idea?
  8. I would personally not cross an international border with a CITES restricted instrument at this time, unless I had no other option. There is a reasonable chance that by the end of the summer, things will be much more relaxed, but that is not guaranteed.
  9. I use Tunebook for ABC. Also, the iPad Mini 5 comes out imminently, and is significantly more powerful.
  10. The tension is killing me here...
  11. With that, I'm tempted and I don't play that system.
  12. Very keen on the miniatures. What are the layouts on the duets?
  13. Just checking to make sure I didn't miss this...
  14. I use Heritage Music Insurance (http://www.musicins.com/) for my instruments, but they only cover the instruments once I have them. However, I have been able to purchase specific riders from them (inexpensively) that specifically covered the instrument in transit (whether to me, or off and back for maintenance). (I have fortunately never had to make a claim, I was pointed in their direction by a local luthier)
  15. One of the interesting things I've found is that a lot of the unpleasant harmonics are most evident when you are right on top of the instrument. I'll ask people to compare two notes (that is to say, the same note, but two different reeds), and often the one I like more is *not* the one that sounds better 10 feet away. Similarly, I can listen to Jody Kruskal play a passing close third harmony and it sounds great, but playing the instrument that close third (admittedly, not as passing as Jody can play it) just *grates*.
  16. I wish I could afford to buy either of these, but thank you for preserving the tunings.
  17. I refer to my anglos as "Baritone" (since they are in the same range as a Baritone C/G), and they interestingly enough do have shifted fingering on both hands (since the innermost row is lower in pitch than the middle row, rather than higher).
  18. With Folklife now just under five weeks away (yes, I'm counting days, don't judge me), who is planning on going? And, now for those outside of the Pacific Northwest of the United States... Folklife (now in it's 44th year), is one of the largest free music festivals in the world. Based on the definition “what folks do at home to entertain themselves and pass on their traditions”, it focuses on music and dance, although there are of course vendors, street food booths, artists, and more. It's probably my favorite weekend of the year. http://www.nwfolklife.org/festival2015/
  19. Bob Tedrow was making a "concertiny" at one point: http://hmi.homewood.net/mini/
  20. My first concertina was a Lachenal G/D 20 button that was tuned from Ab/Eb. I think for a 20 button, you're going to need to find a retuned Ab/Eb to get a G/D.
  21. I use tall handrests and tight handstraps, but I play with the instrument in the air (and therefore only supported by the hand rest/hand strap combination).
  22. One thing to recall is that on a piano you have individual volume control over the notes. On the concertina, you don't.
  23. I'm going to go with "semi-deliberate". I was looking for a folk instrument for sessions. My primary instrument at the time was the synthesizer, and I was tired of having to phone ahead to determine if I'd be lynched for showing up with a small synth. It was supposed to be an additional instrument, so I didn't want to spend a lot of money. I also didn't want to buy an instrument that would lose value rapidly, so that ruled out the lowest end instruments. Ironically, had I realized that the Button Box would hire out instruments, things might have gone differently. But as it happened, Chris Algar had a Lachenal 20 button that was being restored, and also tuned from Ab/Eb to G/D. It rapidly displaced the synthesizer as my primary instrument, and when we had a good year at work I started thinking about upgrading to 30 buttons. I thought about switching to a C/G, and I also talked to Bob Tedrow about a G/D Bass. He did some experiments, and regreftully informed me that it would be the size of a hubcap and still be slow to sound. I did know that Bob played an inverted D/A, and so ended up designing a G/D with the D down a 4th instead of up a 5th. I made a few tweaks to the layout over the years, and then eventually acquired a Dipper of the same layout (which is for obvious reasons my main squeeze). I also have an 1855 Brass-Reeded English from Greg Jowaisis (in the original high-pitch meantone). It is a lovely voiced instrument, but I just cannot wrap my head around the layout. For that one, I content myself with being the custodian of an instrument that is still in the original voice (and even has the original bellows).
  24. The issue is CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora). As of this spring, the member nations approved a CITES Passport for instruments. The idea is that you get the age and materials certified once, and then the instrument has its own documentation it can take with it that should prevent problems. However, I'm not sure how widely implemented this is yet. The US information is here: http://www.fws.gov/international/permits/by-activity/musical-instruments.html All that being said, I would be very leary of taking a possible seizable instrument across international borders.
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