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  1. Great. It looks like an oddity, but who knows.
  2. LateToTheGame

    Conversion from button accordion

    If she's trying to play Irish Trad playing any concertina besides a anglo C/G will be limiting. I've had friends who've tried it with an English but switched because they couldn't ornament. I assume she has consulted with someone medical or musically experienced with her instrument to see if there is an underlying physical or positioning problem. And I have assumed you have looked into the lighter button accordions out there, some of which are quite good. So there is no advice there from me. But I am a flute and fiddle player who started concertina at 54 then set it down for 10 years and picked it up again at 64. At 66 I am quite happy with my progress. So the fact that she may be learning something completely different may not be impossible.
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    Outch - sore pinky finger and swollen joint

    Can you describe the move you are making with your pinky that is causing the trouble? For example I learned a tune with a class from a banjo recording. In my attempt to sound like everyone else I banged the triplet on one note which is a banjo thing. I found, for the first time in years my finger hurt. I abandoned the tune for a while, healed and tried it again. Same result. Then I decided I wasn't meant to try to sound like a tenor banjo and did my regular triplet and was fine. Can we post videos? If so can you get someone to close up the moves your making. It might be a simple solution. Sometimes we need to adjust our technique, sometimes find a work around.
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    Kensignton On Order

    Can someone post a video of one of these being played? The site says Chris Stevens is playing one on youtube but all I find is Chris Stevens playing a Carrol. Just curious.
  5. I am a massive luddite where links are concerned. But if you are on Facebook -- Electronic Concertina should get you there.
  6. Yeah, Ideally I'd get two ipad minis and tape a couple of pairs of old socks between them. But then I'd have to learn to play upside down on one hand since the image would keep flipping. Hmmmm. I did find an adventurous soul when I searched Facebook to see if there was a concertina presence... ( None I could find that seemed very active.) My daily feed is filled with Boukoukis and Tenor Banjos, Chiffs and Fipples, low whistles and the most active of all--- The Traditional Irish Button Accordion page-- lots of great posts daily.) But I did run into an Electronic Concertina maker from South Africa. You guys probably all know about that invention. I'm not tempted, but I applaud the ingenuity.
  7. I am definitely going to try this app, but I think I will be tempted to fold my ipad in half! Ha!
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    Tricks To Cover Up Mistakes

    Yeah, just keep going and try not to hit it again. If you can stop sounding it asap that's good too. Sometimes it is easier to iron out the right note later at home. I mostly play the flute in sessions and will back off that note in a phrase if I think I hit it wrong and am likely to do it again. In my flute playing it is often a random g# or f natural, notes not often used in run of the mill tunes that my brain needs an extra nanosecond to process if I don't have that tune down pat. For my own practice though, if I have a note I hit incorrectly I slooooowwwww down and play that measure repeatedly. Then I play the tune up to speed again as my fingers gain more confidence. Muscle memory can play the right notes or the wrong ones. Sessions vary on their attitudes towards this from the, "If you don't know it don't play it." To the, "Hit as many notes as you can hit right, on time, and work on it when you get home.You'll be better next time." Know your musical partners.
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    Harsh Reed Work Around

    Thanks for all the good suggestions. I will percolate and hesitate and get around to dealing with this in the next few weeks, as is my custom. Shifting it around will be an interesting test. I think Greg J. would have noticed if it needed a reset. I asked him specifically to work with this one and he gave it quite a bit of time. I wouldn't mind replacing the reed itself if that makes sense. With these vintage reeds Conner used it could be hard to find one that blends, but more experienced heads here could comment on that one. Who might have such a reed? I'd assume vintage reeds are scarcer than hens teeth and would require finesse to blend.
  10. I have a connor with a mix of old reeds. One just bugs me. It has been gone over by Greg J. and a master craftsman in accordions here in Chicago. That reed is as good as it will be. Someone had me put a hand over the place on the grill where the air vents, and it sounded much better. Which led me to the ever so inelegant placing of paper surgical tape, like you'd use for bandages on that spot. Which dampened it enough to make it blend better. The tape has a very light adhesive so it isn't gooey, but I assume it would attract dust on the underside if it stayed on too long. So I am curious about an alternative. I've seen old lachenal's and accordions with something like grill cloth on the underside of the ends. Anyone have any experience with this? What glue would be used on a metal ended concertina? etc.
  11. I think one of the posters was referring to silicone tubing used for model airplane fuel lines. I fixed an old red pearlized paper bellowed italian made 20 button that used rubber tubing instead of springs for the action. The original rubber had gotten dried out. In this case it was put on the end part of the button to provide the bounce. The stuff was very stable, cuts with scissors and lasts for ages. If you go this route you will need to find the right size to slip on and stay on. Alternatively contacting Alex Holden or the Button Box may yield replacements. Good luck with your fix.
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    If you sell this internationally make sure you get the proper Cites II paperwork. It is made of wood and you will need to specify type. If it rosewood or african blackwood you may need a special permit. And with the information available from players here you can establish its date of manufacture so you may or may not need that special permit. But without identification and documentation it may be end up confiscated at customs. There are others on this forum who can speak to this. I had a new concertina imported to the states last year and it did end up in customs for a few days where it was inspected. It did not have any of the restricted woods in it so it passed on to me. The new rules want you to identify the wood species. I can't remember if the term antique had a specific year attached to it. I seem to remember 1947, but others may have more experience with this. Musical instruments are under close inspection these days. I know there has been a lot of talk of this on the chiff and fipple flute web site and guitar makers have been discussing this on the web as well. Just googling Cites II shipping rules will get you a lot of information.
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    Playing By Ear

    You are exactly right! But the thing that has always astounded me is that I can play on the fly by ear accurately, with my fingers automatically finding the right spot to land to sound the note I cannot name until I my fingers hit it. I've tried off and on to hone the skill of pulling the names of the notes I hear from the air. I know there were at least two recorded classes I listened through years ago, but never could catch it. While I have friends who can hear a tone and say, Bb, or that's g. Minds are amazing.
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    A Lot Of Newbie Questions

    It looks like every question you asked has been answered. But let me pop in a few thoughts. Music theory will grow on you are you learn new tunes. You find out one is in the key of d, another in the key of g, and depending on how aware of the nuances of Irish Trad your teacher is you will find out some tunes you thought were in minor modes are actually dorian. But let this stuff build up gradually. And these things WILL grow on you gradually. When kids learn music they often learn a new note a week. As far as reading tab or abc's instead of music on staff lines: I'd encourage you to make an effort to read the notes. Right now you are learning if you press such and such a button with such and such a finger it is a g or c or whatever. If you can add the picture of the note on the staff into that learning piece it will benefit you in the long run. You are in the treble staff now, so your trombone memory will fight with you a little bit, but you will get there. I am a great proponent for learning tunes by ear and notes at the same time. I do not sight read well, but having the notes available helps me keep my memory honest. You've also been told that the detailed rhythms played in Irish Trad are usually not printed on the page. We will see a series of notes with exactly the same time value and play them with slight differences. This comes with listening and experience. Every now and then someone tries to "score" an Irish tune with exact notation and it's almost comically hard to read. And you will be using less air as you play faster. That's going to come too. One thing I did when I started out was play every not really loud. A teacher told me once to play a phrase or to of each tune as quietly as your instrument will allow during every practice session. You will give your ears a rest, develop more control of your instrument and a sensitivity that will help you as you continue to play.
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    Irish Music On Wheatstone System?

    I'm not a good player but have been doodling around for some years. I played all the notes I needed to on my Wheatstone system Connor. I recently got a 34 button Dipper and find I end up using the same old buttons as I did on my Wheatstone. My teacher who is an excellent world class recording artist occasionally would take my Connor in hand to show me something. It worked just fine. I think you get used to what you have. Doesn't Noel Hill play a Wheatstone? Or didn't he used to back in the day?