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Jillser Nic Amhlaoibh

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  1. Looks like the OP has managed to get another key made so no need to fit a different catch to close the case or alter the handle.
  2. The course materials are viewed via the coursera website - once you sign up for free account and sign up for the course you can access each module.
  3. Sounds like it's not just an issue of remembering the tune, it's an issue of being able to play the tune in the presence of distractions. Changes in the environment effect our behaviour, so while we might be able to play a tune easily sitting in the same spot in the same room where we always practice, if someone walks in or we move to a different room things can fall apart. I used to experience this when I would practice in one room but record myself in another one - when I started practicing and recording in the same location things went much smoother. To get used to playing around distractions it can help to make things easier for yourself by reverting to a slower playing speed or working on a simpler tune etc. Basically if you're going to change one variable then make another one easier to balance it out and then gradually work back up to playing faster in the presence of distractions or playing more complex tunes in the presence of distractions. Busking is also a great way to get used to playing around distractions because most of the people who pass by aren't paying attention to you. For help memorising tunes it can help to listen to recordings of the tune enough so that you can hum it from beginning to end without problem. Backward chaining is another technique that can be used, where you learn the last few bars of a tune and then work your way backwards from there - when I was learning jazz drumming years ago my instructor used to have me do this when learning transcriptions of other drummer's playing. It means that as you move through the tune you keep moving towards familiarity.
  4. If you're still in Dublin there should be a session at the Cobblestone this afternoon, always a bit of craic.
  5. Just a heads up that we've a Bank Holiday on Monday here in Ireland so McNeela might not get back to you until Tuesday.
  6. Heard back from The Irish Concertina Company - though the website states that the Clare is being made now with brass accordion reeds, when ordering one you still have the option to choose the professional accordion reeds from Italy. Didn't clarify whether "brass" refers to the plates or to the reeds themselves (which I asked about).
  7. Ah, ok - I messaged them via their website asking what the reason for the switch was, so hopefully will hear back from them soon!
  8. Good suggestion to email the maker - I'll do that and and let ye know if they reply and what they say. I wonder if it might have anything to do with supply chain issues given how much those are impacting so many different things right now?
  9. A few years back I had a lovely Tedrow 30 button Anglo concertina but had to sell it as I was lightening the load and raising funds for a transatlantic move back home to Ireland. Now that the move has happened I'm hoping to have enough money to replace it in a couple months time - I'm going to keep me eyes peeled for something second hand, but was also checking out the Irish Concertina Company website - I noticed that they previously listed their Walnut Clare model as having "professional accordion reeds" and their Cherry wood Clare as having "brass accordion reeds", but now there's a note saying that as of 2021 all Clare models will be built with brass accordion reeds - would that steer you away from a new Clare model or would it be much of a muchness in a hybrid Anglo?
  10. SOLD via Reverb, buyer happy with the purchase! Donation made to c-net as the buyer may have seen it here first prior to the Reverb purchase.
  11. Yes, shipped off to the buyer yesterday, though he does get the 7 day approval period as per Reverb's recommendation.
  12. Just a heads up as well - I have this concertina listed on Reverb in the Folk>accordion category, which opens up the payment options to include credit cards, or Affirm financing. Price is slightly higher on Reverb due to the cut they take if it sells, but I'm also open to reasonable offers.
  13. Have been trying to hang onto this but now it really and truly has to go as I'm trying to get funds for a custom build. 30 button Anglo concertina built in 2008 by Bob Tedrow, Jeffries layout. In great shape barring some finish wear from playing, nothing extreme. All notes sound, no sticky buttons, no air leaks. Was recently tuned and new pads installed by the folks at the Button Box. Comes with great hardshell case made by Fallon Cases in Michigan. If you're in the SF Bay Area I can meet up with you easily. $1600 shipped to the lower 48, PayPal OK, but if you're local and I don't have to ship I can knock a bit off the price.
  14. If your instructor accepts PayPal you can - I've done online lessons and paid via PayPal credit in the past. I've also purchased stuff from private sellers and used it as well.
  15. Great stuff! Really enjoyed the review section as the addition of audio files accompanying the writing gave the opportunity to highlight the particular talking points in a manner that just the written word alone might not.
  16. As someone who's only recently joined the site a few months ago it's been interesting to read this thread - I'm a longtime member over at the Mandolin Cafe, and I guess online purchasing between private parties is more common in the mandolin world (as is a sometimes obsessive compulsion to "catch and release" mandolins: buying with the intent of playing it for awhile and then moving it on to buy one by a different maker or a different style). I've both bought and sold many mandolins, all online, and a few tenor banjos too, all instruments with values between $1200-$3500. The arrangement has always been payment via PayPal , with the purchaser getting 48 hour approval period starting upon receiving the instrument. When it's an instrument I've sold I never remove the funds from my PayPal account until after the approval period is complete. Once I know the buyer is satisfied only then will I transfer the $$ into my bank account. It's definitely nerve-wracking packing up a nice instrument and hoping that it survives the handling of whatever method of shipment I've chosen (generally UPS or USPS). Touch wood I've never packed an instrument up and had the buyer receive it damaged. I did once have a guy from England ship a banjo to me in Ireland and it arrived at my rural local post office without a case or box of any kind, simply wrapped in brown paper! Amazingly it was all in one piece!
  17. FYI this concertina is in great working order - no sticking buttons, all notes sound clearly, no air leaks in bellows. Price drop to $1850 including shipping, need to sell asap.
  18. Reluctantly selling my Tedrow C/G 30 button Anglo concertina. Accordion reeds, 7 fold bellows, Jeffries layout. I emailed Bob to try to get an idea of when it was made and he reckons it was one of his more recent ones. Purchased this from the Button Box last year, they replaced all the pads and gave it a tune up. Comes with great Fallon hard case. Money too tight right now to be able to hang on to this so my loss is someone else's gain. Looking for $1950, PayPal ok, will ship to the lower 48, not entertaining overseas buyers, sorry. Will drop the price a little for local buyers who can pick it up (SF Bay Area). **Original owner tells me that this is a 2008 built instrument. Price drop to $1850 including shipping
  19. Wonderful stuff there. Nice to hear her version of "The Few Bob" in that first youtube clip as well!
  20. I was under the impression (from info I'd read over at the Mandolin Cafe site) that CITES regulations apply to the import/export of instruments for sale, and not for the carrying in or out of personally owned instruments? Also, from an observer's standpoint (foreign national residing in the US and planning to leave before the end of the year) it appears that your new government is eliminating regulations for just about everything so perhaps CITES will be in their sights (crap pun, sorry, couldn't resist) as well.......
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