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  1. Hello i am sure there was something about this a while back, but I can’t find it. Has anyone produced transcriptions and notations of Noel Hills favourites or at least music on his early albums that is isn’t published elsewhere. I thought there was something for sale. I’d be really grateful for help on this. I’m totally hopeless at reading music for the concertina as distinct for the single note, whistle! So I really need the notation or markup. Thanks. Larry
  2. That’s good to know! I’m to the east of you… footy capital. Say no more.
  3. thanks for this advice. I find the D# much too rare to keep on the 1A. As this is in Jeffries tuning I have D# on the 2A pull.
  4. yes, sorry down a tone. If it doesn’t work I will contact peter. I assume I can unscrew the ‘ block’ and just send it to him though I might have to seal it up again on the frame if it’s not a perfect fit (save on postage). Are you in Melb? thanks
  5. Hello, I‘m a bit hopeless with knowing where to solder to bring the reed up a tone so it is easier for Irish stuff. at the tip? Along the reed? Yes, I have a tuner. Thanks Larry
  6. Quite by accident, I came across the attached cartoon, from Mr Punch's History of Modern England, vol 2 ( 1857-1874) p. 146. Punch was a now defunct UK humour magazine, a staple of the middle class - 1841-2002 . See also https://archive.org/details/mrpunchshistoryo02gravuoft/page/146/mode/2up. Perhaps it has been picked up in one of the histories. A quick search on google also located another, as below. I am sure there are more. BTW, Warren Fahey-some of you probably know of him as cartoons and photos, mostly from Australia, http://www.warrenfahey.com.au/enter-the-collection/the-collection-m-z/musical-instruments-in-the-australian-tradition/concertina-photography-cartoon-gallery/
  7. Noel Hill and Tony McMahon played 'the Old Concertina Reel on I gCnoc Na Graí . It's a great tune. But I've only been able to find music online for it in the key of D. Does anyone have it in G? or C -- I'm not great at music theory or transposition. I assume Noel Hill was playing a D/G concertina on the recording. Or am I making some error that I can't get my head around musically ie how to play it in G. Larry
  8. See, only one hand, but angels ca do this. Now I have to carefully ‘squeeze’ it into my luggage. Terrible joke, sorry.
  9. I bought a larger one for 8 eu. I sup t shipping would be very expensive if you ordered it from outside Italy - packing is an issue. And here are some small Stan and Ollies. I will take a photo of my angel in daylight.
  10. I will try, but they don’t like it. They want you to buy!!
  11. I am in Naples for language school. I think this has appeared before, but they are very cute, though the quality varies, and are mostly sold in one area of the historical area. There are also great statuettes of Stan and Ollie who are beloved.
  12. O dear. Go see your local doctor. My ears currently buzz with high pitch tinnitus after a very bad flu. I find that playing the sound of rain or waterfalls with earphones helps a lot. There are many bits of music on YouTube, and discussion. I am also seeking further help.
  13. Thanks, I had seen his name, but there is nothing like a personal recommendation!!
  14. Hi, one is in Perth, others are in NSW in the hills, there is an accordian guy somewhere. It is a bit country as you know. Hey, that's a good thought! But I'd have to play with solder...
  15. Hello all, thanks for the encouragement- if I do anything it will have to wait for the weekend! But the plot thickens...I downloaded a chromatic tuner- thank you Rod, and discovered that the whole box is pretty much in tune. But.... The 2A button, as it is as Jeffries is D#/D#, rather than C#/D#. I thought there was something funny at times. So so I actually have 1A D/C#. 2A D#/D#. Before there were 3 D#. It must have been due to some prior tweaking. I think I can live with that! Again thank you for all the comments but maybe others have this tuning as well. I did notice as I was looking for a musical staff/ button list that Royalance Anglo-German Companion 1889 has lots of tones tuned as flats in the Wheatstone arrangement for reeds, , but I am writing over it with Jeffries’ tuning in an effort to learn how to read music properly. I am sure the reason why is explained online, but someone may wish to remind us. I like those old instruction books, but for learners like me, Gary Coover is +++. See the photos of Royalance. I like the cockcrow and bird whistle. I hope some had a train, which would have added to the steampunk dimension.
  16. ik, maybe. But as it iS D, isn’t the purpose to get it up, not down a semitone, to D#. I am a mechanical virgin
  17. I've got a very nice 30 key AC Norman concertina tuned as a Jeffries with one or two oddities. The right 1A key was tuned c#/c# rather than c#/d# for Irish music, but I'd like the d# back. Now with Andrew Norman's advice I went in and altered it - yes, there was a bit of solder on the reed, and I carefully removed it, but it is actually tuned now to c#/d rather than c#/d#. The c#/c# was not tuned as such by Andrew. Andrew also suggested I file it myself and use a frequency gauge or whatever the right term is to get it to d#, but I am really scared of making a mess out it. I can just mail the reed block (is that the word) to the right person? I did discover a nice online tool in all of this. https://www.szynalski.com/tone-generator/ Click the sin on the right and a keyboard of different notes/frequencies pops up. Please let me know (and the charge).
  18. Thanks for the comments. Mobile phones are pervasive in Bangaldesh, connecting both the rich and poor in all parts of the country. Connectivity is relatively cheap even for the poor. Now since you are all so interested, here is a video of boatbuilders at work in the rural parts of the country. You start with a log, saw it down, and take it from there. https://www.facebook.com/larry.stillman/videos/vb.725866405/10154709844536406/?type=3 And if I can say so myself, attached is one of my favourite photos. They are very easy to take- just an iphone does it. The landscape is a water-scape. In the phone, these are people who collect fry (baby shimp), standing in the shallow water and then they raise them with bonds The net is s blue nylone one. If any of you are interested in Bangladesh- just look at my posts and zilllion photos in Bangladesh-related albums on Facebook. And support good international development projects (totally off topic!) It's a long way from concertina playing, but on the other hand, they have a very strong folk music tradition that links into traditional poetry (poets like Tagore also contributed). Kids learn a common base of songs in school.
  19. I know it’s a bit off topic, but...Just because it’s the weekend. As part of my real life, I lead an international development project in Bangladesh. I am there often. In old Dhaka, there are instrument makers on one street in the remaining traditional Hindu quarter who amongst other things, make harmoniums as well as traditional flutes that cost almost nothing (bansuri). My barber in the market plays one. There are also cheap electric guitars. You can see here the boxes and reeds. I didn’t see the bellows or keyboards but they may import these from India. I should find out if the reeds are local. These instruments are very cheap, about $60USD. The wood is not great Good ones are much much more. Also included is a tabla maker. I’ve seen skins being scraped on inverted turtle shells. I just thought these photos remind us how local workshops were 150 or more years ago when concertina were first being made. If I gave one of these guys the plans for a concertina I could probably end up with a very exotic instrument. There are lots of tiny bookbinders and box and paper bag folders and pasters who could do the bellows. The skills of many other trades are on display in the countryside, such as shallow-water riverboats that look like gondolas built just by hand with no special tools. And furniture makers are everywhere Harmoniums are of course very popular. One of my students sings and plays very well. Why they survived as an outcome of Empire maybe due to the fact that they are more robust in the climate. I cannot believe that concertinas were not also brought to the subcontinent
  20. I've just come back from a long sojourn overseas, and am delighted that Adrian's book (which I 'won' because I spotted an error in one of Gary Coover's books) was waiting for me. What a beauty. So it is back to music but Jake the cat has colonized one of Gary's books (the second I think). I forget the name of the tune, though I can hum it...
  21. I had a benign carcinoma aka Mr Lump in my forearm years ago. The lump was removed, but there was nerve damage as they hat to cut it out so I lost some feeling for years in some fingers, so it was hard to write. I was not playing at the time. But the nerves have responded over time. I think any exercise such as playing is good. I also had therapeutic massage after my operation. That was great.
  22. Thanks, or make that the prize I won (if Adrian permits). Or contact me off line.
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