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  1. LateToTheGame


    If you get a Rosewood concertina from overseas remember the restriction on sending recent Rosewood due to Cites II endangered species rules. An old Lachenal will definitely be catagorized as antique and will be ok to ship with the right paperwork.. But you need to label it correctly or it could be held up in customs. My perfectly legal new wood Dipper spent 2 days with Homeland Security in Memphis while they determined this and/or what that unusual item was. I imagined folks at customs x-raying the box and saying what the heck is this? I do believe my package was opened and inspected. Chis Algar at Barleycorn Concertinas may have some advice on this. Or there may be a thread in General Concertina Discussion or somewhere on this site. I know of at least one flute that was sent without the proper permit and was permanently impounded and most likely destroyed. In that case it was modern Cocobo and the sender listed it properly as such, but didn't realize it was on the restricted wood list. Perhaps other viewers of this post could chime in somewhere on their international shipping experience.
  2. I used to work in leather making belts and coats and purses and we dyed things all the time. The problem you are having is you have started with a leather that has already been dyed so the dye you are using is just sitting on top of the surface. You can experiment with scraps of that white leather by sanding down the surface and then trying to dye it. It may or may not stick better. It would be best if you can find a piece of leather that has not yet been dyed if you are going to dye it, or something that is closer to the color you need. We used to use a dye that is still available in the US called Feiblings Leather Dye. These were aniline dyes. They absorb better than many, but will still have a hard time soaking through a leather that is already finished. But even these don't always soak in enough to stay permanently on leather that has already been dyed. Perhaps a shoe repair person or a tailor who specialized in making, repairing or cleaning leather jackets might have a scrap pile. I know we used to have boxes and boxes of scraps we would give away to anyone who asked. If you are playing the instrument for its functionality, don't be too worried about its looks. Others on the forum will have more experience with this. I am sure someone like Chris Alger in the UK would have some ideas. He has a shop that restores concertinas of all types. I don't know if he is on the forum. But you can contact him on his site. He might have leather of the correct thinness and color he could sell you or ideas of where you could find it.
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    SOLD --Wally Carroll 30 Button C/G Anglo

    Is this a standard Jeffries layout or does it have some variations?
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    Many great players play at break neck speeds when necessary. And many poor players somehow think that is the goal. It does not always end well.
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    Jeffries and Wheatstone layouts

    I learned on a Wheatstone and never gave a Jeffries enough time. I do know of some people who have changed when a particularly attractive instrument came their way, but I don't know of anyone who has gone back and forth at any speed.
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    position while playing effecting tuning

    Thanks for your responses. It did fall into the category of "Only dogs can hear," to my less than perfect ears. I've always thought of the concertinas and accordions the aircraft carriers of tuning at sessions. Everyone needs to gravitate towards them since they cannot change. I play the flute and find that I often will consciously or unconsciously look at the box or concertina player as I hone in my tuning. With flutes and whistles and fiddles we set our tuning to a note or two or 4 then manipulate our embouchures or fingers to stay in tune note to note. The "interference from other factors" makes sense. As it is summer in my hemisphere I was reminded of that last week when I tried to play in a small room very close to an electric fan. I sounded demented.
  7. I have a trivial question. I was at a session last night and loaned a young player my Dipper. Since she's a Jeffries player she was playing my Wheatstone system on the quiet, leaning over it to get her head close to hear while raising the instrument and tilting her hands towards her lap a trifle, sort of curling in to a fetal concertina playing position. Two pros with excellent ears said her positioning was making the notes sound flat, with such confidence that it implied that this was common knowledge. If your hands are pointing down, the one who plays concertina himself said, you will sound flat. I didn't think so myself, but my ears are not as highly refined. I wouldn't play with my hands pointing down for long in a seated position, just to avoid pain, but one might if they were standing. I would think with her curling herself around the instrument the sound might be muddled or muted, but not necessarily flattened. Anyone else have experience with this? The physics of the concept didn't add up. Again, this is super trivial and totally irrelevant, but peaked my curiosity.
  8. A recent posting on the flute site the Chiff and Fipple reminded me of the thread for people who make and line cases. The experience of someone who lined a flute case with glued in foam and cloth only to find the glue he chose was somehow off gassing and corroding the keys on the flute, led me mention we should choose our materials carefully. Considering all the metal bits in our instruments, corrosion would be a big concern. I recently got bottle of ph neutral pva glue to glue a curling bellows paper. Sure I had Elmers in the basement. But it seemed like the 8 dollar investment on a glue sold for bookbinding made some sense. I did use a drop on the concertina, and a couple of drizzles repairing a flute case lining, and will pass it on to a paper-crafty neighbor.
  9. I have wondered... Some new makers are making solid ends. Is everyone? Coming from the world of wood flutes and seasonal humidity changes I am sort of paranoid about an instrument with solid wood ends. But maybe that is what everyone does.
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    Edgley Heritage Concertina CG Anglo

    I am highly interested. can you email me busterbill01@msn.com? I don't know how to PM on this site and I'd like to talk how you want me to pay you and address for shipping and all that good stuff. My email is pretty weird it is a zero not an O so if you don't copy paste it may not get to me. I did make a mistake when I chose it but now most of my contacts use it. So I am stuck.
  11. It sounds like you will be very happy with a hybrid with accordion reeds. Since these are the ones with the most growl INMHO. So you are looking for one with the best action. And, depending on how ambitious you are you might just want to cross over to the button accordion. Initially it may seem like a strange move after you've worked hard on an instrument, but I know quite a few doublers, including the ever so versatile John Williams. If you are looking for a power machine the button accordion may be your answer. They are easier to find and are often less expensive. And currently they come in a range of sizes and tonal variations as well as keys. Just a thought.
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    Heh??? What's that???

    I have no idea if this would work for you. I have recently taken to wearing earplugs designed to cut out super loud noises in concert situations. The brand I found were called Eargasms, but there are many other brands. It seems to cut down the amplified sounds, but I can still hear myself and conversations. Some of the sessions I play in have begun to mike and occasionally I find myself sitting next to a particularly loud banjo, accordion or bohran. It may not be enough for you, but I recommend wearing them in any really loud situation like an amplified concert or working with power tools, so having a pair on hand might be good anyway.
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    In praise of a good hard case

    Ha! it never leaves my side unless it is under the careful watch of a friend.
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    Repair/Check up/tuning new Stagi A18

    Good you found a solution close to home!
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    In praise of a good hard case

    An uninformed opinion requires the question, "What were the room conditions when it was put in there?" If the humidity was in the 50% range and the room temperature was human friendly 58-70 degrees F I'd think it would be OK. If you go into higher temperatures or higher humidity conditions you might have a mildew issue. But at higher temps combined with higher humidity you'd likely have a mildew risk if you didn't air them daily. Or even if you did. Mildew is the most common problem in the summer in the midwestern United States, followed by wood cracking in the heating season.