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malcolm clapp

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    Concertina, melodeon & accordion enthusiast and repairer. Retired from repairing recently after 30 odd years, but still do the odd fix for friends.
    I play anglo and English, but not at the same time!
    My style on both is akin to a frustrated duet player. (Also have a Crane aeola).
    Happy to assist with concertina problems and give, hopefully, helpful advice.
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    Woolgoolga, NSW Australia

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  1. Not currently playing due to ill health, but I could play in the key of F on a C/G 30 key concertina quite comfortably, probably better than my efforts in playing in D. However, I found playing outside of the home keys needed quite a high degree of concentration. My need for playing in F was almost entirely for solo song accompaniment, where my primary concern was on the song lyrics and relating to an audience, which I found was more easily achieved when playing off of the middle row of a 30 key instrument, especially for chords and bass runs. Why F? Well it seemed to suit my limited vocal range best for the vast majority of songs I liked to sing. My solution was to lower the pitch of a Morse Ceili by 2 semitones from G/D to F/C, achieved entirely by adding weight to the reed tips with solder. A very slight reduction in reed response speed was an acceptable result, noticeable in attempting to play fast tunes, but that was not the purpose for which this concertina was to be used as I have other concertinas for that. So the end result was being able to play in F with fingering that I was more familiar and comfortable with, thereby allowing me greater capacity to give attention to what I considered more potentially important aspects of performance. (Hoping to get back into a bit of playing soon, but wondering if my vocal range has changed, in which case the F/C Morse might become redundant.....Glad I haven't got $8k tied up in it!)
  2. Looks very Wheatstone to me. I can't recall seeing wooden-stemmed metal-capped buttons by any other maker from this period.
  3. Ditto the Pacific :-( Don't know of a workaround, so guess I'll just have a beer instead....
  4. As previously noticed in the seller's photos, a good place to start might be to reduce the length of the chamber by adding another divider close to the tip of the reed shoe. And it perhaps wouldn't hurt to check that the reeds are securely screwed down....
  5. It is not uncommon, especially in older literature, to find a C reference pitch rather than the A which is commonly used today.
  6. If it is a Wheatstone serial number, then certainly it would seem to have been built during the late Chidley period of ownership of the Wheatstone company.
  7. Almost looks as if some of the valves (in the chambers) are mount on the other end to usual? Hmmm. Didn't think of that.... Any sign of other holes or remains of pins in the chamber walls, Ken?
  8. The position of the number would indicate Wheatstone to me. Unfortunately, the number falls into the period when the sales ledgers no longer exist (or haven't yet been discovered???) I've not seen a Jones English with such a high number. Not saying they didn't; just that I've never seen one. One interesting(?) feature is that the valve pins seem a long way back towards the fixed end of (most of) the valves. Or are the valves just longer or further forward than usual?
  9. Whilst not suggesting, Halifax, that your original post isn't food for thought, I can't imagine quite how dropping a concertina might result in a cracked reed A cracked reedpan maybe, but surely not a cracked reed. Or am I missing something here?
  10. Never had a problem downloading content with the (free) SoundCloud Downloader add-on under Firefox. The only drawback is that it is only available as 128kb .mp3
  11. The radio, John? Is that what we used to call the wireless? And don't forget the somewhat elitist Third Programme. In our house, Dad hated it: Mum loved it! Can't recall much of the content, but I remember the rows disagreements Ah, nostalgia indeed.....
  12. Mr B may have been a typo. Mr H (Hemmings) is much more likely as the description is obviously of the Abingdon Morris, though un-named. See http://atmd.org.uk/the-mayor-of-ock-street/ Also http://www.aaahs.org.uk/files/Morris.pdf and many related pages.
  13. Pity you were not there last weekend :-) Well, not exactly Sydney, but around 400 kms southwest at a folk festival in a little place called Numeralla in the Snowy Mountain region. Some nice sessions with three or four anglo players present at the "quiet" campsite, and a few others up with the noisy crowd at the top camp. Enjoy your trip, Stephen.
  14. What's in a name? Did I not read somewhere that early Wheatstone anglos were described as "Anglo Duets" or something similar in the ledgers? And the Crane/Triumph was once described as an "English Duet".
  15. Think I'll call mine a Lachenal Palindrome on account of its number, though I'm sure there are many other examples around. First I've come across though....
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