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About mike_s

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  • Birthday 09/15/1946

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    Learning Anglo Concertina, guitar, mandolin
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    Oregon, USA

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  1. Bruce, that's a beauty! That burl is amazing. I hope it sounds as good as it looks!
  2. La Mer. Interesting to me in that it has more accidentals than just the C# that I’m used to as a fairly new player.
  3. Not sure what "retreat" you're planning to attend, but a lady had a Rochelle at the Noel Hill School last summer and she had a difficult time with it. I think the Minstrel will work well for you. Two years ago at the same school, one person had one and it seemed to be fine. Noel pretty much teaches cross row and takes exception to those who play along the rows in the class. So, if you plan to attend one of his classes you may want to practice that. Good luck with the switch over!!!
  4. While binge watching AMC’s Hell On Wheels during this stay at home deal, I noted the alcoholic reverend playing a 20 button (Scholer?) while hanging out with the Swede in season two. Chord playing only.....
  5. Don’t know how much Gary is asking, but his Edgley is very nice and as I recall plays easily. So, depending on price could be a good deal that could last you a long time before you would need an upgrade. They seem to hold their value pretty well too. BTW, good to see you on the forum Gary....
  6. Plus One on Greg! About 9 months ago I bought an old Jones 26 button C/G Anglo from Greg as a travel instrument. It had new bellows, and pads and some other stuff. The more I played it the more I became addicted to its tone vs my hybrid. I sent it back to have him even out the button throw, re-bush the button holes etc. In addition he fine tuned it and worked on some valves an other minor adjustments. All for a very reasonable cost. It arrived here yesterday and after about an hour of playing I am very pleased. Thanks Greg!
  7. Perhaps he will weigh in on this, but Bruce McCaskey told me when I first started playing to gradually work into it to attempt to avoid shoulder issues. I’ve had surgery on both so his advice was heeded. Especially with the beast of a Rochelle I started on...... if the pain persists, I would recommend a different orthopod, who will do more evaluation and perhaps an MRI to see the real issue and corrections. That’s my $.02
  8. I’m in the same place you are. About 2 years in. I’ve been to Noel Hill’s school twice, and have taken a few lessons in person from Bruce McCaskey. I can play about 30 tunes with most memorized partially or totally. I’m told I’m in about average for my time on the Anglo. I’m also told that I need to learn tunes by ear and on the fly. This from the local tune learning guru. I will admit I have only half heartedly tried this without success. I do think that this is the way to go and need to apply myself to it and would recommend you do the same no matter how intimidating it may seem. T
  9. I think I posted this in another thread, but in the film “North to Alaska” (John Wayne, Stewart Granger, Capucine, Fabian), Fabian ( yes, the 50’s heart throb) plays what appears to be a 20 button Anglo in a few scenes. Not sure if he was actually the “player”, but.........
  10. Others may have different takes on this, but my experience is to advertise on whatever web site relates to the instrument in question. For example this site if I’m selling a concertina, Mandolin Cafe if I’m selling a Mandolin, etc. I always specify and require the use of PayPal and never ship until I’ve received the payment. I have sold many instruments in this manner and never had an issue. Of course YMMV. Good luck with it!
  11. I agree with Jim. I have an Edgley as my main player (I’m into concertina about 18 months). I also have an old refurbished 26 button Jones. The Jones has a wonderful tone but is a bit more difficult to play. It seems I am constantly opening it up and tinkering with something while the Edgley, aside from a sometimes sticky valve seems bulletproof. I can definitely play the Edgley faster and it seems more consistent and responsive. On on another note at Noel Hill’s school this year one of the people in our group had a Rochelle. It was a beast and seemed to me that it really
  12. I know you mentioned not wanting to spend more than $1K. I will offer up a different opinion than those above. I started on a Rochelle. It is touted as the best beginner Anglo by many and it may well be. But, I found it to be a miserable instrument-stiff bellows, stiff reeds big and unwieldy. My recommendation would be to try to find a used Clover, Morse, or Edgley. If you don’t over pay and decide concertina isn’t for you, you should be able to sell it for what you paid for it. Or just go for a New Minstrel. I certainly don’t know your circumstances, but you will make faster progres
  13. Just noted in the WWII Bogart movie “Passage to Marseille”, a deck hand playing what looks like an Anglo makes about a ten second appearance.....
  14. My experience is that he’ll get back to you within approximately 24 hours or so.
  15. Funny, I also have an Edgley. When I got it (used) I thought it was a Wheatstone as that’s what I’d had before. Then fast forward several months and I found the pull C#. I thought it was kind of odd. I had a lesson some time later and asked about it. My instructor said it was a Jefferies......... Duh! I’m so stupid sometimes. I kind of prefer the Jefferies layout. My 26 button Jones only has the one C#, which kind of cramps my style a little.
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