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  1. The answer to the original question is most definitely YES. So please don't try and stop our fun! Les Branchett
  2. Another variation on this theme my friend had was to see how many tunes he could play to the same bass line - even more fun if the meters were similar and all the different words sung at the same time. Les Branchett
  3. Yes, band arrangements were, and still are, mostly written on the treble stave. So think of your quartet as a small band, and then it all falls into place. As you say, baritones will sound one octave and basses two octaves lower than written, not because they are transposing, but because they are lower sounding instruments to start with. As per the strings on a piano. Les
  4. Hell SteveS. I think you are making your project harder by referring to the 4 concertinas as "transposing instruments", which clearly they are not. Think of your simple piano score - four note chord on two hands. They are just playing different notes on the same 'ladder'. You would not refer to the bass note as being transposed, it's just playing lower down - on a different rung. Similarly a bass concertina is not a transposing instrument, just on the same ladder but lower down; assuming that the four concertinas are all tuned to the same reference point,e.g. A=440, as would be the four notes on the piano). When writing the bass clef notes into the treble clef, a C still remains a C, but has a different position on the stave. When it's then played on a bass instrument, it's sounded as originally intended. Hope all goes well with your arrangement(s). Les Branchett
  5. I've been removing a reeds for over forty years, with no problems. I choose top Dsharp (push). Last note, outside row, right hand side - I found I could find it with certainty, even with my eyes closed. Additionally, if you do encounter a bat out of Hell and need it fast, there are three alternatives. Firstly, Dsharp pull (only remove one reed, as wunks says). Secondly, Eflat on the left hand side (coincidentally, fifth note again, but in the inside row) push and pull. Heed what Alex says, and make sure you don't lose it. Les Branchett
  6. Rebi: I think the final digit should be a 3, rather than 8. No real worry, it's just that I'm jealous. My first concertina was identical to yours and served me well for thirty years. Transatlantic transactions torturous at the moment, or I would be first in the queue. Regards, Les Branchett
  7. What outstanding craftsmanship. Unbelievable! Les Branchett
  8. So pleased to see this contribution - very encouraging. With apologies for not saying THANK YOU for the Homebaked series last year. So enjoyable. Les Branchett
  9. Congratulations. So enjoyable and heart warming. Just waiting for all the others now. Les Branchett
  10. Hi Les, 

     thanks very much for the info. I’ve heard of Tovey Road, but don’t know anyone there. Suziewuzie

  11. Susie: Herewith come concertina restorers. All listed in the internet. MARCUS MUSIC. Newport, South Wales. Maker and restorer. Easiest to get to if you want face to face contact. Literally just off the M4. DAVID ROBERTSON. Norwich, Norfolk. Another very good craftsman, but East Anglia travel not always the best. DAVE ELLIOTT. Oughtibridge, Sheffield. Internationally known author, lecturer and renovator of concertinas. Mostly motorway. You can always post - but I always feel that insurance never covers sentimentally, where something has special meaning. Les
  12. Hello Susie. Am assembling details for posting but in the meantime, does Tovey Road mean anything to you. I so, we talked earlier this year. Les
  13. Swindon. Sorry for three part message. Les Branchett
  14. sorry, missed a bit from my last message. N S E W would help to advise a repairer in your vicinity. Incidentally, I recentlywas told of a person inheriting a similar instrument in
  15. Hello Susie. Welcome. You give no indication of your whereabouts. N,
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