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  1. Hi Gary, you are the best!


    Thanks. And some advertising I recommend your books to all and everyone especially beginners.  This is virtually all I have used and even my wife is enjoying my playing now.   For fools like me who have trouble remembering the placement of keys and reading music at the same time, your books are a lifesafer (especially the Irish music one - more Irish tunes please).  It is strange, I can read whistle music, but the left hand  right hand stuff throws me. Age?

  2. Gary, any chance that  that this can become available via bookdepository or another international book service for Australia?  I could buy  the kindle version of Watcham  and print with screen shots which was a pain & not high quality . I’d much prefer the physical book. You books are all  I use. Thanks. Larry

    On 1/16/2023 at 10:47 PM, Jake Middleton-Metcalfe said:

    Is his son Bob ham, who lives in Moulton?



  3. 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.



  4. 13 hours ago, malcolm clapp said:

    Down a tone, surely, D# to C#

    Solder needs to be applied to the face of the reed at the tip.

    If you should be uncomfortable with the process, may I recommend Peter Anderson at West Heidelberg http://capt.accordion@optusnet.com.au who will, I'm sure, be able to help.

    Good luck.


    12 hours ago, Rod Pearce said:



    Can I refer you to your post from April 16, 2019 on this very topic?





    Oh, thanks !  I had forgotten to check!

  5. 10 hours ago, Frank Edgley said:

    This technique will flatten the reed in question. Put a razor blade under the tongue. attach a heat sink to the reed by clipping it just behind the area you will apply the sloder. The reed sink is made of aluminium and is a clip device which looks like a tiny pair of scissors. Apply a VERY small amount of flux to the tip with a toothpick. Then apply the solder. Make sure you don't get flux on the edges of the tongue or the solder will get on the edge and prevent the reed from sounding. If that happens, it's not the end of the world, but you will have to carefully file it off. You will probably have  made the reed too flat. That's when you start to remove the solder carefully with a small narrow bladed file. Keep checking the pitch. It's easy to go too far. Then you will have to add solder and start again. Personally, I'm not in favour of removing the D# by flattening it. There are many beautiful melodies that need the D# as an accidental.....some O'Carolan tunes, Airs and Northumbrian tunes to start with.

    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. 



  6. 11 hours ago, malcolm clapp said:

    Down a tone, surely, D# to C#

    Solder needs to be applied to the face of the reed at the tip.

    If you should be uncomfortable with the process, may I recommend Peter Anderson at West Heidelberg http://capt.accordion@optusnet.com.au who will, I'm sure, be able to help.

    Good luck.


    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?



  7. 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/







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  8. 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.


  9. 10 hours ago, saguaro_squeezer said:

    Do they say how much they want to be bought for?

    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. 


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  10. 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. 


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  11. 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.

    12 hours ago, Tradewinds Ted said:


    If I understand correctly, the button 1A previously had C#/C# (before removing the solder but now is D/C#) and button 2A is D#/D# ?


    Rather than doing any filing of any reeds what about adding the solder back on the reed you removed it from, and then simply swapping the reeds between the two positions to get the more standard Jeffries arrangement of 1A with D#/C# and 2A with C#/D# - if that is what you want.   At least this would be reversible, while filing reeds is not.  I would guess that the C#/C# and D#/D# arrangement as found was likely the result of someone previously swapping reeds.


    Hey, that's a good thought! But I'd have to play with solder...

  12. 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. 



  13. 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).

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