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About LateToTheGame

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  1. I was walking quickly through a room while out of the corner of my eye I spied Idris Elba holding a concertina. No, he was not visiting. My son was watching Prometheus, a science fiction flick on a rather large screen. I didn't stick around to see if the concertiina was actually played or if so for how long, but it was fun to see.
  2. Leaving it out to air putting some charcoal (like the bamboo charcoal suggested above, or even home made charcoal or briquets without lighter fluid impregnated) next to it in a box lightly rubbing it down with a dry rag giving it some time playing it a lot to move the inside air with a window open (sorry, winter) and the ozone cleaner suggestion above if you are in rush, are all suggestions that spring to my ex-smoker's mind. It has been 35 years for me but I smoked as did my dad before me and none of the instruments or
  3. If it is a nice old lachenal it might be best to find someone who knows what they are doing. It is a rite of passage to take apart your concertina. Many of us end up doing it eventually to dislodge dust or diagnose easy fixes on this or that. But it is a bit daunting the first time round. There are a surprisingly fair number of people out there who could do this for you, but you may need to send it off to someone. Knowing what country and what part of the country you live in would help for recommendations.
  4. If you are interested in learning the anglo concertina in the Irish Traditional style, along with all the great books mentioned, The Online Academy of Irish Music has a great set of lessons for concertina. (more than 50 I believe) They teach step by step on video so you get to see what is happening as well as hear it. The beginner lessons get you familiar with the keyboard and teach simple tunes. Each lesson adds a new note or skill or ornament, so you are building important skills all the time. The advantage of their "call and response" learning by example technique is you will develop the
  5. In the US Tandy's Leather Supply is a good source for aniline dyes. Depending on where you are Michael's and other craft stores sometimes carry the common colors. Feibings is a the brand they sell. I used it professionally in the 70s on shoes, purses and belts etc. It is a liquid you put on with a dabber or, in the case of small areas with a brush. It may soak in areas differently and leave the slightly bronze effect Alex West mentioned. If this is the case a top coat like he mentioned would be good. If it were my concertina I'd ask if it were a cosmetic or structural
  6. No offense intended. It's just sometimes we want to be nice to our friends and forget it is not so nice to the artists. I used to do it without thinking myself. It was a general blanket statement I do toss out to the universe periodically. I didn't mean to single you out specifically. I'm sorry if I offended you. I don't know you guys so I wasn't as clued in to how aware of this concern you obviously are. If you want I can scan the liner notes for you. I am sure I have the jewel box somewhere. I'd assume that would not be a problem for any artist of an out of print but avail
  7. A decade or (perhaps more) ago or so I forgot to lock my car and a visor sleeve holding a number of CDs were part of what was taken. That was one of them. I do remember thinking how disappointed the person was likely to have been as he or she attempted to listen to or sell the trad and children's folk music CDs that were there. I had downloaded them to my computer so I was not completely lost. The album does appear to be available for download on Amazon music as well as Apple Music. I'd encourage those of us who might be tempted to "share" or copy our CDs for others
  8. clicking on this link brought me to an ad for blogs. Perhaps there is an error afoot. I did easily get into the blog through the website though.
  9. I assume you are looking at a Stagi with this vendor. My first concertina was a Stagi and it was ok. Their prices seem fair. If they are selling stock on hand that can be an advantage. As a repair and sales shop they should be able to deal with problems if your instrument is damaged in shipping. My first Stagi came with reed likely knocked out of place in shipping. It was from a mail order guitar shop. Yes, you read that right. It was pre-internet and purchased over the phone from pictures in a paper catalogue. But I digress. It ended up needing to go back and forth somewhere since
  10. Could you just contact the Dippers? They would have the best idea of replacement cost.
  11. A direct message to a member who has posted something is to click on the circle with their picture or initial. That will get you to another page with a link to the envelope. Then proceed from there.
  12. Can you cross the border now? I thought it was closed due to Covid until at least the end of Oct.
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