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Greg Jowaisas

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  1. Jim, Thanks for the heads up! Is the tip off the note imprints in the button tips? And/or the button arrangement? Or the serial #? Greg
  2. Thanks Dave, But does that imply all bets are off on a follow up visit ? Regarding bushing: The Elliot book recommends a button hole be reamed out (from inside to out rather than drilling a parallel bore pg 27-28) Greg
  3. Molloyi, You may want to check out The Concertina Connection (under Links on this Home Page). They have a parts section. If you are getting into repair, Dave Elliott has a clear and unintimidating book, "The Concertina Maintenance Manual". It has a section on bushing. Good luck and remember the Physicians Creed: "Do no harm." Greg
  4. Bring on the information! I would rather read a long paragraph than write one. I appreciate your scholarship, Allan, and your desire to get things right. And I wanted James to know the enthusiasm and provacativeness he brought to the forum was most welcome and helped get answers to questions I wasn't aware of.
  5. Sorry, that reply was to Jim. Give me time, I'll get the hang of this.
  6. Chris, You make lots of good points. And in the end the answers ARE a matter of personal preference, experience and chance. I personally think there is something special to the sound of the old time concertina reeds. That's not to say all the old instruments sounded great, or that the new makers can't capture that old sound. ( At concertina camp I loved the sound from a Dipper and a Suttner as well as a Jeffries, an older Crabb, and a Lachenal souped up by Paul Groff. There were many other nice concertinas both old and new, but these were, to me, the standouts.) So my limited experience coulpled with my preference might make me seek out one of these instruments. Absolute truth? More like love. And when it comes to price: perhaps compromise. One of the charming and frustrating things about the finding and buying an instrument for personal use are the inconsistancies. A bargain here, over priced there. Paul Groff talks of an immature market that hasn't found its consistant levels yet. Again if you personally have the patience and time, and put in leg work, a bargain is possible. If you need a box next week like I felt I did, you make your best choice and pay the piper. I personally think the makers that are forging their own reeds are on an interesting course. Perhaps its the craftsmanship, or the hard won lessons. Or maybe its the sound?
  7. Rhomylly, Greetings from northern Kentucky! We will have to get together and squeeze off a few. Regarding Thoumire recordings: concertina.net has a link to his company, Foot Stompin' Recordings. Great service! My order was here within one week! Thoumire is a technical wizard but, at least right now, a little too far out for me. If you enjoy him yet long for a more traditional approach, check out his inspiration, Allistair Anderson.
  8. Oops! I meant to type Plamondon! With a last name like mine, one can't be too careful with surnames! My apologies.
  9. For James Pamondon: James, haven't seen a recent post. Don't get discouraged. I, for one, have enjoyed your postulations and the responses they have evoked. I've learned about meantone tuning in the past week and been introduced to the scholarly research of Professor Atlas as a result of your questions and musings. We need the both the question askers and answer givers in this forum.
  10. Every day you are a hero Chris! I hope you recovery exceeds all expectations. I remember Michael Cooney coming back from his horrific auto accident. We were all amazed at his determination and surprised at the profeciency he regained in the face of neurolgical damage. Another hero. It would be nice to hear from a music therapist. I bet they could quote the studies that would confirm our intuitions about the "healing nature" of our musical endeavors. Of course my long suffering wife may have a different perspective!
  11. Ahh yes, the Crabb. There must not have been a Morris player in the crowd with $2,000 in his pocket. Two months ago I would have been pleased to buy this instrument at its asking price of $2,250 (see buy and sell concertina.net).
  12. Supply and demand. One person's experience: As a newcomer to the "Irish" concertina world I was floored by the price of a vintage anglo. (My Matusewich Wheatstone english, found thru a newspaper ad had cost me $300. twenty-five years ago.) With a Noel Hill workshop coming up, I was scrambling for a C/G instrument. I had $2000. to spend and was looking for a vintage instrument (with concertina reeds). I don't want to say Chris Algar of Barleycorns laughed, but he was not enthusiastic about my budget! I finally settled on an early 50s Wheatstone from The Button Box, which, if not ideal, has certainly proved servicable and exceeded my meager (but improving) abilities. It may be fun to remember the good old days, or talk about the exceptions (I got lucky at a recent auction), but the reality is that the vintage anglo market is presently on fire. Will it cool down? Yes....eventually. Are any of you old timers going to sell your Linotas or Jeffries at less than current market (Ebay) value? Probably not. Has anyone recently priced a pre 1970 Martin guitar? Supply and demand. The new, quality concertina makers offer some beautiful alternatives to expensive vintage instruments. I enjoyed the Morses, and Tedrows at the workshop (there wasn't an Edgely). But....The makers may argue, but I believe I can hear a difference between their accordian reeds and vintage concertina reeds. And as master Noel Hill says, "It's the reeds, it's the reeds, it's the reeds!"
  13. My observant wife answered my question regarding how and where to send concertina.net a contribution. There is a Pay Pal link on the Buy and Sell forum page. Folks, this is a tremendous resource that Paul provides and to which all of you contribute. Although an anglo concertina newbie, I've spent better than 30 years learning folk instruments (and unlearning self inflicted mistakes). I have come to appreciate the opportunity to apprentice with an experienced master or take advantage of an informed source. concertina.net has certainly given me a chance to shorten the learning curve. Thanks again for all the info and remember to support this site. (Paul DID NOT pay me to say any of this!) Greg J
  14. Paul, What a great sight you have! (and wonderful participants!) I'm a musician who stumbled onto an auction that had two Wheatstone anglos (yes, these things still occasionally happen). That was two months ago. Since then I've been to a Noel Hill workshop, and discovered a world of information about this great instrument and musical community. 'concertina.net' has been my #1 resource! Now its time to pay the piper: Where do I send my contribution? A hearty thankyou. Greg J
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