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  1. This site : https://www.irishtune.info/ has transformed the way I learn tunes. You can search by tune name, and get a list with a listenable snippet, of many , many recordings going back decades. And you can sample tracks on any recording in their data base as well.
  2. This instrument has an on-approval buyer now.
  3. I bought this in 1997 from Paul Groff , at the time a Boston based player, teacher and restorer. It had a new bellows, but needed an overhaul. The Button Box did the overhaul, and many people have said it's among the best playing Lachanals they've encountered. I played it furiously for about two years, but little since my Suttner arrived . I'll have it gone over by the BB before I ship it to its new owner, but it doesn't need anything I'm aware of. I'd like to get $2250 for this Lachanal. My playing isn't the best on this playing sample (below photos) I made this morning, but it gives an idea of what it sounds like. It's a lovely, serious session-quality concertina that can make itself heard in a loud pub. Voice_004.amr
  4. first two times through.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ab4v0sIM3RI
  5. Check out; https://greylarsen.com/shop/product/300-gems-recordings-mp3s-or-set-of-4-cds/ Use a repeat /slowdown program (like Transpose) to loop
  6. https://www.ebay.com/itm/153023942496?ul_noapp=true
  7. Please see my post in general discussion for more.
  8. I'd like to offer for sale high quality wooden hexagonal concertina cases. I'm a professional box maker and a concertina player. I've been making the wooden parts (less laser-cut fretwork ) for the Button Box concertinas since their introduction. I recently received an inquiry for a concertina case, and I decided to go ahead and make a prototype of a case I've had in mind for many years. There are many challenges to making a good hexagonal wooden case. As many have identified, the case should be native horizontal, unlike the antiques. Any musical instrument case should be light in weight. This requires thin wood, and so excellent joinery to be strong. My case weights a bit less than the inexpensive conventional square cases sold by the Button Box. My prototype is made from butternut with ebony banding. It also has an ebony latch. The latch is designed to close and latch passively, so if the case is closed it's automatically latched . I can easily substitute a conventional brass latch, or if preferred, two of them. I haven't completed the lining yet. I'll be evaluating ultasuede, with rayon velvet and leather also in the running. The highlight of the case is sides that are dovetailed to the endplates. The case is very attractive, and it makes no secret of what's inside it. At it's required cost it won't be for everyone, but I'm hoping there will be enough interest for me to make a batch of them. I also do intricate inlay work, so I can personalize your case as you wish. See http://www.alladd.com/custom-boxes/inlay/index.html for examples of my work. I'm thinking about $450 as a starting price. I'd be interested to hear people's suggestions, and the general level of interest in such an item from the concertina community.
  9. Hi, Al Ladd here. I'm going to Catskills this year for first time, and have a couple logistic questions. I"m taking advnced concertina classes, and planning to camp (tent). I was thinking the Blackthorne best place, but I'll be without a car. So...is Blackthorne indeed the best place to camp, and would it be very helpful to have a bicycle with me to get around?Also, Ken, are you passing by Greenfield on your way out, or are you leaving from somewheere other than Central Mass? Thanks and see you all in a few days!I can be contacted via webmail form on www.alladd.com
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