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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. Hi Rache, I rather suspect that the CITES regulations may put off prospective buyers living outside of France, rosewood being one of the materials from which your lovely concertina is made. If you are not aware of the situation, type CITES in the search box at top right of this page, or Google it. I believe that some recent changes may have been made, but rosewood has become a bit of a dirty word, up there with ivory. An auctioneer friend has told me that items made from rosewood are not attracting bids at auction, and former sales values are not being met. Sorry, I have no solution to offer....but wish you good luck.
  2. Hi Fanie, The C row is more usually Left: C1/G1, G1/B1, C2/D2, E2/F2, G2/A2 Right: C3/B2, E3/D3, G3/F3, C4/A3, E4/B3 Your G row is basically as standard, though sometimes Left: B1/A1, D2/F#2, G2/A2, B2/C3, D3/E3 and/or Right: G3/F#3, B3/A3, D4/C4, G4/E4, F4/F#4 (differences in bold) I've retained your number system; however you might have read elsewhere recently https://www.concertina.net/forums/index.php?/topic/24290-chart-showing-c-c-a-etc/ there are a number of differing numbering systems used to denote pitch. Don't know what Harmonikas.cz uses, but maybe some one who has had dealings with this company may like to comment. Hope this helps.... Good luck!
  3. In response to a couple of recent inquiries, I have today posted on my Soundcloud page https://soundcloud.com/klappo a number of recordings I made back in 1984 of talented Crane/Triumph player Polly Garland, who sadly passed away at the end of last year. (Just ignore my melodeon stuff 😎 ). Perhaps Daniel or Alan might like to add a link or two to the Duet Recordings Page if any of the tracks are likely to be of interest to members here. Thanks.
  4. So we're banned from South Australia. (Next verse, anyone?)
  5. Fast forward 11 years or more.... An interesting (?) photo of a middle aged Evangeline Booth currently on eBay, item #333983774364, though holding not a concertina, but a football. (Not directly concertina related, so admin please feel free to edit/delete as you think fit....)
  6. No one seems to have addressed this. I would be more concerned about that issue than the need for a reedplate to be flipped. The latter problem is likely to be a simple fix for an accordion repairer, and should probably cost you little more than the price of a beer, if charged at all. (When my workshop was open, I'd probably have done it as a goodwill gesture.) The tuning question though could be more complex, and might justify a return to the retailer, but although they would probably fix it, who pays the shipping cost and import fees could be an issue. Of course, McNeela may well say to get it fixed locally and send them the bill, but you would need to talk to them before deciding what course of action to take. My 10c worth..... Good luck.
  7. Steve Turner recorded this on his 1979 album Out Stack. Not sure whether or not he used his English concertina for accompaniment. Can't lay my hands on the LP right now....
  8. Sounds more like a radio soap, John. "The Dippers, an everyday story of concertina folk". Dump-de-dump-de-dump-de-da....
  9. A Starry Night for a Ramble is popular tune amongst concertina players in Oz, but invariably played as a waltz.
  10. Ciaran, I hope that the business name Barleycorn doesn't trigger alarm bells as being in any way connected to the liquor trade, and consequently special attention (or incorrect taxation rates) given to your shipments. You need to be careful about just what information goes on Customs documents. and can be misconstrued, especially so if another language is involved.
  11. Not really just memory, Howard. Like I said, I have the recording. While you were credited for Battle of the Somme, I just guessed that the uncredited ear-player's medley was yours.... 😀
  12. I remember it well, Howard. (iirc, Michael Turner's Waltz/Old Molly Oxford/Glorishears). Almost, but not quite the same criticism was made of my own "Ear Player's" entry; I dutifully supplied them with a copy of the dots, but was criticised for not looking (even once) at my copy which was sitting on the music stand while I played. Mind you, it was upside down.... I have a copy of a recording that was made of "highlights" of that years competition, which I dug out and played earlier today. Greatly enjoyed your rendition of The Battle of the Somme. Your description of the playing and style of many of the participants is pretty accurate. However it was good to recall the likes of those no longer with us such as Tom Dukes, Charles Jeffrey, Harry Dunn, Tom Prince, John Hutcherson etc. who contributed greatly in keeping the concertina flame smouldering (if not blazing) during the lean years, and I was glad to have had the opportunity to meet and talk to them. Slightly off topic, but sad to report that duet player Polly Mason (later Garland) who also played at that year's competition, passed away late last year here in Australia. A talented multi-instrumentalist, her enthusiastic love of, and ability with the concertina will be long remembered by those who knew her. RIP, Polly.
  13. Memorial to Frederick William Hobart, died 1927, and his widow Frances Sophia Hobart (nee Watts) d. 1941 This photo is on the ICA Facebook site, which I have attached here without permission; happy to remove if requested. I know little about them, nor which of them may have played concertina. IIRC from previous (pre-www)research attempts, they lived in London, and the grave is also somewhere in London. Hopefully some one can expand on this.
  14. OP does say it's a 48 button, and afaik there aren't too many Lachenal 48 button anglos around, so I would suggest the first number has probably been misread, or a typo. A very interesting and informative thread.
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