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  1. That's really very nice! Thank you for brightening up my day...😎 The lady is being unnecessarily shy/retiring/modest! A quick trawl through the YouTube labyrinth reveals at least three more very pleasant concertina tracks. Super! Edit 5 minutes later: Ooh! Lots more (non-tina) material too. I love it...😎
  2. I now realise I was looking before I actually logged in - sigs seem not to appear unless you are logged in - I didn't know that. End of off-topic excursion...
  3. Ta! I wouldn't have guessed that in a million years! Edit: Rats! I now see that the URL is in Pistachio Dreamer's sig. That's what you get for doing stuff at 0600 before the first cup of coffee! Sorry!!!
  4. I'm having a bad day! Could someone please point up the relevant web-site? I couldn't find it. Thank you. On the wider point, I saw the originating thread on Reddit. My take on this is "Be careful what you wish for.". It could take only a few weeks/months before some other idiot journalist comes along, and assumes because of the 'shanty-oriented' thrust of any social media 'campaign' that concertinas are only suitable for 'shantys', and writes an equally prominent 'rubbishing' article based on its narrow range of capabilities. We of course, all know that they are versatile, adaptable and suitable for all types of music. However, I do plead guilty to tending rather to look on the black side of any situation.
  5. Ives, P., The Anglo Concertina. See https://www.pipives.co.uk/tutor_book.html. Alan Day's tutorial is available (perhaps more conveniently?) from: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1-P88mucXaqTHtx8vv1_1cqxg_1ih6C_r. This zipped download is maintained by Don Taylor, a frequent contributor to this forum
  6. More information here. Click on the Back To link at the top of the page to get at the ABC...
  7. McNeela (or whatever his face is) was recently bragging about the high quality of the Wren in two threads on Reddit/concertina. He called the threads: Concertina Guide FAQ: How much does a concertina cost? Neither were much more than blatant (and misleading) advertising. It's nice to see an unbiassed assessment of the Wren coupled with a comparison with another instrument in the same area. It's something which has been needed for a while.
  8. Almost certainly - at least in the future! I did converse electronically with Bob Ellis about the book before posting my review and he said: "...I have been invited to promote the book at the Swaledale Squeeze concertina weekend next year..." which (presumably) means 2021. He also commented on the fact that he was unable to promote the book at festivals this year, for all the obvious reasons... The book also seems to be available via Amazon so transatlantic transactions should be OK?
  9. This is a short review of the book 'There was None of this Lazy Dancing' by Bob Ellis. The book is about the music played at dances in the Yorkshire Dales. There are a lot of good (folk) tune books. There is a smaller but significant number of books dealing with the social history of (folk) music. There are very few books which deal with both the music and the social history of the music. This book is a significant addition to that small sub-genre. The book is a collection of tunes played at dances in the Yorkshire Dales. The tunes are presented in a way which describes and discusses their use by placing them in the context of the social events at which the tunes were played, and by using short biographies of some of the musicians who played the music. It is an absolutely splendid mix of academic rigour, relevance and readability. The tunes themselves are a mix of the familiar and the not-so-familiar. Where necessary, tunes in 'unfriendly' keys are also supplied in transpositions to a 'friendly' key (usually G, so the tunes should be easily accessible to G/D and C/G concertina players?). The book is also well-illustrated and well made (hard cover, stitched signatures, lay-flat binding). The fortunate purchaser of the book will also receive a password giving access to ABC transcriptions of all the tunes. The author asks, (very reasonably), that this password not be passed on to those who have not purchased the book. The ABC code appears to be of original transcriptions by the author. The style of coding is consistent, concise (minimalist, if you prefer), unambiguous and correct. As with the printed text, where the original of the tune was in an 'unfriendly' key, the author has provided a transcription into a 'friendly' key. In brief, this is a superb book! The only irritating thing about the book is that there is a picture of the author on page 5. I'm sure I know the man from somewhere, and can't for the life of me remember where or when I encountered him. Bloody infuriating!
  10. The manufacturers (Saga Music) contact page is at: https://www.sagamusic.com/contact If t'were me, I would ask them what the bellows are made of, and what the dimensions are ax the flats. The weight seems to be about 1.5 Kg...
  11. One thing to watch out for, whether you buy new or second-hand is that some of the 'low-end' instruments are larger (and heavier) than the usual 6 1/4" across the flats. For example, I believe the Concertina Connection Rochelle is 7 1/4" across the flats. Now, this may not bother you, but it's worth mentioning? I had a loan of a larger instrument a while back - it wasn't easy to handle. That's a personal point of view, but it might be relevant to you also. A McNeela Wren 2 might suit? I know you mention 30-button in the headline for your post, but for your $500 you might strike lucky and find a 'vintage' 20-button instrument. Not as versatile as 30-button, but you can do a lot on a 20-button so it may be worth considering?
  12. Good call! Apropos nothing at all, it also provides a 'unique' integer as a seed for random number generators which is nice if you are a programmer - as long as your system can handle long integers that is - been doing it since 19800104090000... Not a happy story though. I've had the same problem with clothing (from the U.S.), and more recently a chess set (from Japan). I feel for the OP - very, very frustrating! I'm very reluctant to trust a concertina even to domestic mail/carrier - which is a pain as I have at least one which needs tuning, and the nearest fettler is 3 days camel ride away...
  13. I think I'm correct in saying that the Concertina Connection instrument is 7 1/4" across the flats? This is, to my mind, a major disadvantage - it's too big, I handled a CC English a while back, and the large size was very awkward. Also the quality of construction was poor IMO. [Warning - hearsay alert!] I haven't had my hands on a McNeela Wren, but I know two folks who have used one recently (one purchaser, and one using an 'on-loan' instrument. Both report being very happy with this (6 1/4") instrument.
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