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  1. I would wonder if using a PVA archival grade glue would be good if you are going PVA, the price difference between the craft stuff and the archival grade is not that significant. It is formulated to have a neutral PH.
  2. All of us, especially when we are older need to take things slow. As my name implies I am of a similar age, but started 10 or 15 years ago +- depending on how you count downtime. It is very important to get yourself into the proper hand position to avoid injury. I would suggest you book an online lesson with a concertina player to specifically deal with wrist position and angles and all that good stuff. I was fortunate enough to start my lessons with an All Ireland pro who had learned from his stuff from the great players of his generation and the generation before him. He was very good at setting me straight on how to avoid injury. One of his early lessons was how to hold the wrists solidly with most movement coming from the arms and fingers, and exactly how to angle the wrist as you hold the concertina towards your lap. These details will help you avoid stress injury. If there is no great player nearby, covid has given a lot of great players and teachers a lot of experience teaching online through zoom. Even if the budget won't allow an extended set of lessons, many teachers are good at getting you started. Nothing beats having someone watch you and notice details about your posture we might not notice ourselves.
  3. Check with Barleycorn Concertinas. If you don't see it on their page contact them directly. They often have things that are not listed.
  4. It is jeffries. Which was mentioned in one of the original posters post. I remember because I am a Wheatstone layout player or may have been interested.
  5. I I think where the thread is leaning is: These are good questions best asked either in a Personal Message or in the General Discussion forum. There are things I would like to know about the Steve Dickinson Wheatstones myself. Though I am currently not in the market I've become intensely interested in the minutia of anglo concertina history and evolution. The question why concertina X should cost more or less than concertina Y or Z could be carried on as a General Discussion and a person would get input from many others. Much could be learned by picking the brains of the experts on the forum. For the most part I've found the folks here to be very understanding, and while occasionally we may seem "flinty" most folks here are very generous with their knowledge and experience and forgiving of the occasional misstep. (I, myself have made a few verbal blunders here) And, yes, what seems like an obvious direct question to one person might suffer misunderstanding due to the subtly of cross cultural communication. But we can all grow together here through our common interest.
  6. I thought of kitty litter too, as I've used it in musty smelling violin cases, but it is good to hear it works for smoke. I'd be concerned about the citus cleaners. I use them a lot around my house but they are very strong, don't interact well with unfinished wood (Like the inside of your concertina) and don't seem to be particularly fond of leather. If you like the smell of orange or lemon you could put a tiny bit of lemon or orange OIL furniture polish on a dry t-shirt rag and test a small area. These oils do some surface cleaning, but are not designed to have the "grease cutting" properties that the cleaners which are designed for cleaning your kitchen or your workshop are famous for. Grease cutting = drying out leather and wood.
  7. It looks like they've been taken down.
  8. 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.
  9. 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 other items we used to smoke around have any odor. It does take time. But not that long. You will smell it for a month or so if you keep airing it and playing it. But it will dissipate.
  10. 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.
  11. 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 skills to pick up a tune by ear. This is really handy later when you want to learn something your favorite artist has recorded, or for picking up a tune "on the fly" in a session. But they don't leave you hanging if you're a sheet music person. They provide the written notes for every tune they teach, as well as a mp3 you can download and listen to when your not online. They used to offer a week for free so check that out, and their price was in the $20 range last time I checked. I was actually fortunate enough to live in the same town as a world class player so I got some great lessons too. But it was really nice to access OAIM at 2am or 6pm, or whenever I had a time to focus. Have fun! Whatever
  12. 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 issue. It sounds like you may be dealing with leather wearing away if you are seeing wood underneath the leather. That would imply something more comprehensive than just coloring the spot. (Again, I'm not sure if this is what you are describing.) You might want to post pictures to get the best advice. There are lots of folks on this forum with restoration experience.
  13. 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 available for download album, but we could always check. Again sorry I offended.
  14. 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 to only do so when they are no longer available for purchase. Especially in the Covid days when many gigs have dried up, we should be supporting artists whenever we can.
  15. 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.
  16. 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 no one there knew how to fix it at their shop. I think they actually sent it back to Italy. The older Stagi's were decent starter instruments. I have no idea how they are anymore. Maybe you could put out a call here for any Philadelphia players. If they're close by maybe someone could give a Stagi a try for you. The concertina world is very small and for the most part, very kind. The current price on a Button Box Stagi reflects the fact that they take it apart and make sure of tuning and function. I'd ask LIberty Bellows what they do to check and make sure their instruments are set up properly. You are definitely going to be better off with an accordion store than with a massive mail order concern if they stand by their instruments.
  17. Could you just contact the Dippers? They would have the best idea of replacement cost.
  18. 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.
  19. Can you cross the border now? I thought it was closed due to Covid until at least the end of Oct.
  20. My Dipper spent 2 days or so in Memphis, Tennessee where it was fully opened and inspected. That was 2017. The box had been re-taped and the concertina I, assume had been taken out of its case. In this situation they seem to have been very careful as only one reed was dislodged and that could have happened anywhere along the line. But International shipping of things that show up as odd in the xray are likely to be handled and visually inspected. That reed, still in it's shoe was rattling around, but went in nicely after I opened her up.
  21. I especially like that the lessons give you the tools and techniques you need to pick up tunes on your own by ear down the road. Each lesson builds systematically and seldom assumes you know something they haven't taught you yet. Starting with the melody line only they introduce you to ornaments and chords fairly early on. I am an ear player who uses music for reference with decades of being a pretty good flute and whistle player, and decades of being a stay at home fiddle player, both in ITM. I'd recommend their classes for anyone who doesn't have an expert down the road. The call and response technique of copying a phrase a teacher plays for you is great for training your ear. And the lessons also provide sheet music if that is how you roll, as well as mp3s of the tune played through at a slow and slightly faster speed so you can play along. The diagrams were useful to me. But you don't have to use them if they don't work for you. Seeing the ango keyboard in your mind's eye and finding it in your hands is important. Edel's lessons may have started on the Wheatstone layout. I don't remember. But they seldom do go up to the right hand accidentals in the beginning lessons. So the only difference there is: is the C# or the push or the pull. The videos are presenting the same notes in enough ways you can find the method you wish to focus on within each lesson.
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