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  1. In the US there is a brand of paint called "flex seal". I have never tried it but I understand it "dries" to a flexible rubber-like material. (sort of like room temperature vulcanizing silicone rubber ), It also comes as a spray. If you had access to the inside of the bellows, you could dab a little inside the leaking corners and that might stop the leak and be almost invisible from the outside. If you don't have access to the inside, you could try painting it on the corners from the outside, or spraying it on. As I say I have not tried this but it seems like something to try if you have
  2. I think there are reeds. In the fingerboard there are buttons of a sort so you press the buttons like fretting a string. The buttons are connected to pads so if you "fret" a button then air goes through the reed for that note , which may be hidden inside the body of the fiddle. So if you know the fingering on a fiddle (or for that matter a mandolin) you can play this instrument and move the bellows as if you were bowing strings. I actually saw an instrument shaped like a guitar that worked that way (but no bow, I think it was hand-pumped). Wheatstone may also have made that.
  3. In the Wheatstone Ledgers, some concertinas are tagged "K.V.W.S." Does anyone know what that means?
  4. Do you want the original hexagonal box or just a box that will fit?
  5. He's playing an English system, singing the melody and playing sustained chords (as opposed to oom-pah) behind the melody. So the chords are contributing harmony but not rhythm. You may be responding to the chord progression, (from minor to major in the third line) or to the arrangement of notes in the chords. They are very good and so is his playing and singing.
  6. Previously I or someone else may have posted a still from this movie "The Princess Comes Across." Here is a youtube video. I like that the poster on youtube wrote "Some sources claim that MacMurray plays it himself in the film, but it's more likely it was dubbed." Yes, even more likely than that.
  7. Here's the cover of sheet music for "Nobody Loves You Any Better Than Your M-A-Double-M-Y". It was first published in the USA in 1923; this copy was published in Australia, where it was in the repertoire of The Campbell Boys. Could those English concertinas, apparently by Wheatstone, be unusual enough that we could identify them in the Wheatstone ledgers?
  8. What do you mean by "written score"? Would a simple lead sheet be good enough? Do you want to play just the melody line or do you want to play melody and harmony? On Anglo or English? Can you read music. or do you want it in tablature? in what key, if you have a preference?
  9. By the time you have played concertina for a few years someone is bound to ask you if you know the song Lena from Palesteena, by J. Russel Robinson and Con Conrad, 1920. If you've never heard it you should check out this 1920 recording by Frank Crumit: before you listen to this Coronavirus parody: Lena in Quarantina https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Msq-x9XT9I by Laura Rosenberg Myrna Oy - Yiddish Cabaret programs for audiences of all ages
  10. I made some comfortable hand straps from an old handbag strap.
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