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  1. 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!
  2. 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
  3. 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. That’s my $.02; of course I’m a no talent hack.
  4. 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.........
  5. 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!
  6. 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 impeded her progress. Just my opinion, YMMV.
  7. 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 progress on those and hence more enjoyment. Just my $.02, but then again, what do I know...... Good luck, regardless!
  8. 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.....
  9. My experience is that he’ll get back to you within approximately 24 hours or so.
  10. 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.
  11. Hi Richard, I agree that your for sale ad has sort of become a used vs new price debate. Definitely detracting from the matter at hand. It would have been more courteous to start a new thread for said debate. OTOH, hijacking a “normal” thread and veering off on a tangent may be OK if the hi jacker admits their wrong doing and all. Just my $.02.
  12. Question.......so if you go to a “close to ocean locale” for say a week will that cause a problem? thanks
  13. This may have (probably has) been covered before, but I and possibly others may be interested in a re-hash. My concertina has wood listed in Appendix II of the CITES and I would like to travel internationally with it occasionally. I see where a permit can be obtained from US Fish and Wildlife. Also that contact with the country CITES rep where you plan to visit is advised. All well and good. I am curious as to experiences others have had with regards to traveling with CITES restricted instruments. Thanks, Mike
  14. Hi Frank, My story is a bit odd. I rented a Rochelle for a couple of months and then bought a vintage refurbished Lachenal. A few months later I got discouraged sold the Lachenal and quit. Fast forward 18 months. I bought a used Rochelle to tide me over until I could find something easier to play. Thanks to my sometime teacher (Bruce McCaskey) I found a used Edgley. I’m now about 10 months in and enjoying it a lot. Like you I’m retired so have plenty of time to goof around on various music instruments (I pretty much suck on all of them). One thing I did which was invaluable was to attend the Noel Hill Irish Concertina School. Learned a ton of good stuff. He does three in the US-Eastern, Mid West, and West Coast-highly recommended. Whatever you decide, have a great time with it. Playing music is a great avocation, especially for us old f@#ts! Mike
  15. I’m a rank beginner as well. I’m going to recommend a different approach. You can rent a Rochelle (or a Jack/Jackie) from The Button Box. That will give you some perspective. Personally I found the Rochelle to be a miserable starting point and only rented for a couple of months and then got a much easier to play Anglo. As with all instrument acquisitions buy the best you can afford, but only when you’re sure what it is you want to do........ that’s just this hack’s $.02.
  16. Thanks for the ideas. BTW, my Anglo is a 30 button. I also noted that the version of Angeline the Baker I pulled out was in C. I have always played it in D on mandolin and in jams, so I’ll try it in D. I play some othe other suggested tunes in the keys indicated as well on mandolin too so these will get me a good start. Thanks again, Mike
  17. I’ve read several old threads as to whether it’s appropriate and whatnot to play old time American music on a C/G Anglo. Apparently it’s OK but not the number 1 choice. That being said for those who do play old timey, what would you recommend as an easy first tune to learn? I worked on Angelina Baker (my go to on mandolin) yesterday, but wasn’t particularly happy with the result. Thanks, Mike
  18. I’m probably not qualified to weigh in on this, but what the heck. I started playing a couple of years ago on a Rochelle. Shortly thereafter I bought a refurbished Lachenal 30 button. Shortly after that I quit. Less than a year ago I started up again, bought a used Edgley and am plugging away on it. I’ve also briefly played a Carroll (sic?). So my perspective is limited. I preferred the sound of the two with concertina reeds to the hybrid, but the playability of the Edgley is very much better than the Lachenal-for about the same $$$. If it were me, I’d look for a used Edgley, Morse, Clover or Tedrow. The sound - at least to me is not all that different and the ease of play is worth it. Just my $.02
  19. Well it appears to me that the only thing you all consider taboo is photos of your tattoos. Lets see some photos people! Thanks
  20. Agreed! Seems that Mandolin Cafe, Acoustic Guitar Forum and Scubaboard Forum among others are still quite robust too.
  21. I am also fairly new (Anglo). I try to play daily for about an hour or so. Working on a bunch of tunes; just started a new one yesterday. Play with a metronome when needed. Occasionally I go to a slow tune learning session which I hope to become a regular at soon. Mike
  22. Early in the movie North to Alaska, Fabian carries a 20 button Anglo into a saloon. Only some very brief playing, but it does make an appearance.
  23. This is great stuff and was what I was hoping for. I guess I was also in hope that those of you who give lessons would weigh in on why some of your students may have decided to stop playing. I suspect there is no pattern, but still interesting. I realize most of us here are “active” players and those who have quit most likely are not active on the forum. Thanks!
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