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  1. Eddy came to the recent Beginners weekend run by WCCP and demo'd the printers in action- making a bellows - the component parts and the instrument being played via a lunchtime performance in the hands of a lady 'EC' player. I think (know!!) a few respected Board members were present, so someone may comment as to tone/playability. As I understand it the bellows on the Demo model which was played were 'proper'/traditional bellows and the reeds are accordion type of top quality. The lever to pads are as per comments above 'ball and cup', so fully articulated. He is a very personable chap and I am sure he would welcome contact via his various on-line options. He's an ace accordion player too. Duo's with Will Pound on the Folk circuit.
  2. Neck strap for playing standing ?
  3. A timely question Dave.....I am a non-music/dot reader who has to annotate the notes atop the stave and try to read keep up as I play normally. I am - as previously expressed, very taken with your posts. I am, the more I annotate, learning to read the dots, but it's not coming naturally or very fast when playing through. I try to learn from the annotated notes then play by ear/memory. I sat last evening and worked my way through your Xmas Tune book via the tunes I knew/recognised which was most of them. Reading it from the page via the Lap top, I ended up either having to stop and page down or play by ear the parts that were 'off the bottom of the page' ( I know I could have printed it but the Boss say's the ink is low! ) The animated page as per this post eliminates that need. I know a growing number of 'Session night' players who use a Notebook to act as an aide memoir whilst singing and / or playing and I think the rolling presentation is a useful aide for us latecomers. I guess my only 'add' to a wish list would be for a 'suggested chord' pattern above the music.....in a contrast colour......but that may be too much of an ask. I know enough to work through and work them out now.....but not in my head. Personally the landscape is preferred....
  4. Many thanks Geoff. I thought that the most likely explanation. It's a shame he didn't date the work as so many do.
  5. Hi Alex. To my inexperienced eye they look un-fettled. If any work has been done it would appear to be very negligible. Over the years there have been some valves replaced and some very crude work done on bushing etc, probably in the 1940's/50/60's judging by materials used, ie carvings of lino and electrical insulation ! none of which belong in a concertina, but it doesn't look as if the reeds have been touched to any degree. As per your first, having now sat with Adrian's notation, it transposes fairly well from the C/G buttons across most notes.
  6. Hi Alex - tuning was assessed using an App (TE Tuner) reg'd at 444hz, when pretty much all the buttons showed as being "in" tune, +/- a few cents, across the board? At 460hz it does indicate Ab/Eb, but 40+ cents out? The reeds are marked as A/E rather than Ab/Eb etc? whereas the D#'s etc - where appropriate - are marked as such, as opposed to Eb, when corresponding to the tuner....if that means anything.
  7. I am resurrecting this thread in the light of a recently acquired instrument that has long been out of circulation. It appears to be un-standard to the enth degree, even by the standard of there not being a "standard" ! But, it is what it is, so we will come to terms with it. I am not sure if the attachment will be good enough to read. A/E tuning ? at 444hz currently. The reed stamps indicate it is tuned as it was made. Notation.docx
  8. I have had the good fortune to come across a Jeffries bearing an internal mark for A. G. Pendrill. It would appear there were a father and son, Alfred senior, at 20 yrs was a cabinet maker, at 40, 50 and 60 years he was a "Concertina worker" in London according to basic census data. He may well have survived until 1930. Alfred Jnr was a Concertina Tuners apprentice aged 18 ( Bn 1873 ) and a tuner at 28, but may have left the trade by early middle age to become a Tobacco and Confectionary retailer. Indications are he may have survived as late as 1966, which would be a good age for both if correct. It may be just a mark made during a 'service' rather than construction, but I wondered if the name was familiar to anyone re. Jeffries workers. It is the only internal mark apart from '38' marked on (inside) bellows and action board, with 'L' & 'R' for the appropriate ends.
  9. I am about to start a similar search, this looks like it may be an option, https://www.thevintagescrewcompany.com/shop/
  10. Thanks again for the above.....I seem to have fixed the problem. The back story to the instrument is that it had a 'lot' of work, major work in some respects, realigning of levers, replaced posts etc done some time ago by a 'top' Uk restorer and although I stripped my little 35b box down to parts and rebuilt ends and re-tuned it from scratch (with assistance/advice from the Forum) this thing makes my hands sweat/shake every time I have to take a screwdriver (actually a Feeler Gauge!) to it. As it happened, I had over-ordered on the pads for my 35b by a couple so I had one spare from Mark L-A sat in the cupboard. For the smaller instrument it was a mm or so larger than those used on the 55b, 15mm as against 14mm ? but, as the other 29 pads on that end are 1mm or so smaller, there was adequate room for the 'one' larger one. It appeared that the pad was marginally 'off-centred', so I have replaced it with the slightly larger one and re-centred it and whilst not being too adventurous until the glue goes off, it now, pending a proper test, appears to be resolved. I have re-pressed the bush as advised too and left a bit of graphite on there so fingers are crossed and will no doubt be again once I start trying to find my notes.
  11. Cheers Dave....I come to this song from singing it unaccompanied ( the Men They Couldn't Hang version ) which is a simplified ( according to my ear ? ) tune to EB's original and your playing. I then learnt to chord accompany 'strummed' on guitar and then fingerpick the chords. I am new to the Concertina, wanting to sing and play Duet, preferably at the same time! so it is useful to find tunes/songs I recognise/understand as I don't need to be trying (too hard) to remember the words/tune as well as making fingers move in the right place/order. I have downloaded the 'free' intro version of Notation Composer and can see how that works via their pre-loaded examples....I have also downloaded Audacity and managed to convert a WAV file from my laptop into an MP4. 'My' laptop runs on 'old' Windows which they seem to suit. I have a Tascam which records WAV files. It's not recognising that as a readable file by Notation yet.... so it may not be a MIDI. It will probably not like it anyway because it is a recording on the Duet of melody with chords behind/over as opposed to single notes. Either way I will persevere.
  12. Many thanks to all.....I will be "going in" later! Fingers crossed I can resolve it....
  13. The video is not showing for me from the pasted link ? "unavailable - duplicate of another You Tube video" ? I am very taken with that dot/notation option as a non reader who creates a similar letter/note 'guide' for myself in a gibberish 'sentence' fashion, until I have it in my muscle/ear memory but without the appropriate dot's as background. I don't think I have ever seen notation written out like that before ? I think combining the two as you have could help me learn to sight read! (Is there a template/App for creating the PDF's or is it just a labour of love ?) NB ......Just....found your previous, recent explanatory posts re the process....I will have to get one of the family who understands such things to have a look at that for me...
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