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  1. I've resisted temptation until now but: Quote: 'The asking price on ebay is just speculative and I'm sure it wont sell for that.'
  2. I agree with all the encouraging views re playing both. Caution on the PA: I have never heard of a former PA player who regretted the switch to a CBA. Any prior learning advantage from piano would not last not least because the PA and piano are so different. Compact layout and regularity of fingering of a CBA is likely to be much more positive over time. If buying new a Weltmeister is generally considered a better buy than a Hohner. If buying old then the opposite is more likely. If not cash sensitive, why not get another Saltarelle: (11) "Emprei
  3. My son told me some time ago that John was no longer with us. He also did tuning work - at the time the 'workshop' (together with Sue) was their kitchen table. I'm sure John would also want to be remembered for his music- making and his work archiving early film in the SW thro' Trilith. eg (2) Working the Woods - YouTube
  4. Perhaps a compromise would be an 'I did that' section on the ICA site. I rejoined a while ago after a 40 year absence. I attended once (AGM?) - travelling up from W Dorset with a brilliant Anglo player - and don't recall it being competitive. Could be my memory. It was a (then) rare chance to hear concertinas. I believe performances were commented on and helpful suggestions made. I still have fond memories of the day's music. PDF is a great idea in my opinion.
  5. For those who like obscure factoids, in Somerset (England) these creatures are called 'Hunky Punks.'
  6. Thank you - I enjoyed that. Can I add that in a shanty the verse is there to give the singers time off between choruses but in a (whaling) song the chorus allows the audience to be part of the story as it unfolds. If anything I believe the chorus helps the audience concentrate on the story. Also with a short instrumental ending - about a line - the rapturous applause is immediate.
  7. Upside: Modern, compact, competitively priced, around three octaves either side and make your own chords: https://www.musik-center.de/en/zerosette-pinocchio-leader-b10c-freebass-uberholt-gebraucht.html/ Downside: It isn't a concertina!
  8. Getting on for 50 years ago, when I picked up my Anglo from Crabb's, he recommended Neatsfoot Oil annually. Have ideas moved on since? I'd be grateful for any feedback as I'm not long back with concertinas and bought a pint of the oil just to be prepared. Thanks
  9. I got to know Eric in the early 70s when he lived in Worth Matravers (Purbeck) He later moved to Swanage as he felt Worth to be rather isolated when he was older (Spring 1973?) That was the last time I saw him. About a year earlier we both attended the ICA meeting. I was a beginner and he was the most accomplished player I ever heard. As quoted elsewhere - more like a Duet player. He favoured what I guess you`d call light Classical and had a very harmonic style. He said he owed his skills to all night practice sessions when he was a volunteer Coastguard at 'Winspit.'
  10. I don't usually get involved but can I put in a plea for thinking the best or cutting a bit of slack. I don't know if the OP is a native speaker but in any case 'acceptable' is a very wide term. Perhaps a quiet PM of explanation would be more helpful. I have made embarassing misuses in a language that was not my 'home' tongue - native speakers have always gently given advice not outrage. Example: Who could guess that adding the letters 'ard' to a French noun can make it much more 'offensive.' And should an American be challenged over his use of the word 'fa**y' -asteri
  11. ?? appaz7.free.fr/notes/Uzicko%20Kolo.htm or https://flat.io/score/5b0090a5928b411361f80a72-uzicko-kolo-harmonika
  12. As well as the better known Stradella Left Hand, accordions may come with Freebass or MIII keyboard which mimics the treble layout. The Russian Bayan tends to have low to high as per the piano . In the West the commonest layout is low to high = sky to floor and a mirror of the Right Hand buttons. (as with the ‘uni-directional’ approach.) I find this set-up means the most mobile fingers have the least to do. Eg: with Index finger on a root note you have just two fingers left to play/stretch with + a not very nimble ‘pinky.’ It also feels a bit odd that as the left hand moves
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