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Greg Jowaisas

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  • Birthday 03/03/1909

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    Traditional and Old-Time American folk music. Irish Trad.<br />Banjo, Anglo and english concertina.<br />Repairing and rebuilding concertinas.<br />Making concertina cases.
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    Kentucky, USA just south of Cincinnati and the Ohio River

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  1. Crabb history: Brilliant!! Thanks for sharing.
  2. Back from another fishing trip. (We have a brood X cicada hatch so a once in 17 year fishing opportunity. Sad to report the local trout response has been less than overwhelming😒) PM sent to Stephen. I have some very patient customers waiting on repairs and I will now try and expedite their repaired and improved instruments' return. Tight lines and bellows, Greg
  3. These "in case" devices no doubt help. However, I think of these as a "static aid". Each year I usually remind concertina players that playing their instruments in humidity poor environments is in effect drying them from the inside out as the dry air gets pumped through. I like to think a more dynamic approach to helping a concertina through the winter is to actively add humidity to the playing environment. I recommend a small room humidifier in the area where the concertina gets played most often. I've found that while concertinas can adjust to lower humidity over time they seem to prefer 50-60% relative humidity. Your skin and respiratory system might enjoy the increased humidity in the music room as well. Greg
  4. Back in action in January (just about filled with scheduled repairs) and scheduling repairs in February. No Christmas pyramid from me this year, but Doug Barr has captured the spirit here: BTW all those instruments in Doug's "tree" passed through my workbench. Merry Christmas and holidays to all who sent concertinas for repair in 2020 and who will send instruments in 2021. Let's keep 'em playing! Greg
  5. Could be a curled valve that reluctantly seats upon increased pressure. If pressure is quickly applied you may get a "slap".
  6. Riggy, Email received and response sent. The fioptics address is correct. Greg
  7. Stephen and all, To quote "Spamalot" I'm "not dead yet." In fact have been quite busy with concertina repairs and refurbishment during these Covid times. Family and I are doing our best to stay healthy and here are hopes the concertina community can do the same. Best regards, Greg
  8. A few aids and ideas that might help. The Dave Mallinson books ("100 Enduring Irish Session tunes", 100 Evergreen Irish..." etc) usually have a decent, basic rendition of a tune. You can add the embellishments as you or your instrument dictate. They also can come with a CD so those of us challenged by the printed musical page have an audio reference. The CD format coupled with a computer "slow downer" program would enable you to keep the CD's correct pitch while dialing the music speed to suit your current ability. Individual passages can be looped for practice repetition. When you are confident and comfortable playing along at one speed then the tune can then be sped up by tiny increments to challenge and gradually increase your own playing speed. Playing along at a comfortable speed also reinforces good rhythm and gives you immediate feedback. The best tutorial would be to find someone who plays the same instrument you do in the style you enjoy or admire and get them to give you advice either informally or through lessons. Sean, in your case, it would be english concertina and I'll email a couple of possibilities. Of course listening and adapting the playing of one of the many great Irish Trad practitioners who play a different instrument to your own concertina playing can be an interesting and long term challenge. Listening (and lilting) to their recordings until they become part of your musical memory can shape and inspire your own playing. As far as learning the "correct" version of a tune I'd say listen to the masters and then judge whether your printed version comes close. If your goal is to play the particular versions of your local session then ask if you can tape those musicians and again compare your written resources. Before long you will be able to hear and change your playing from the written page to match the versions played at the session. It is a journey and may take a bit of time. Best, Greg
  9. Alex, Measurement of the thickness of the reed shoe and picture of the reed assembly particularly the clamp screws would be helpful. Thanks. Greg
  10. Perhaps mounting;placing the reeds in the interior of the reed pan?
  11. The inked # stamp is consistent with Tidder instruments. I "think" I am seeing the ample gussets in your pics which is also a Tidder trademark. Unfortunately the heads on shot of the action board and mechanism give no further clues. (A 45 degree angle shot and closeup might reveal more.) Not sure if I currently have a Tidder in the herd or project closet. The corner block bracing on the action board may be a distictive clue. My experience with nearly a dozen Tidders is that they are of consistent, comparable quality to the mahogany Lachenals. The only annoying drawback with Tidders is that the outside bellows runs seem to be covered with sheepskin or another softer leather that is not as tough and long wearing as goat.
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