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Mike Hulme

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About Mike Hulme

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  • Birthday 05/24/1956

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    Uilleann Pipes (Playing & Making), Fiddle, ITM and now... Concertina!
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    Liverpool UK

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  1. I just acquired a 35 button Crane, steel reeds, 5 fold bellows and an inscription in the part destroyed case reading: Cadet W Helm I.T.C. 1929/30 Were Salvation Army instruments given or lent to players? The serial number is 4455. Mike
  2. I can't help you with UK suppliers, but if you search for AISI SAE 1095 carbon spring steel (an exact(ish) equivalent), there are some suppliers around who sell it in coils. Mike
  3. As you have had the action apart to refit the buttons, have you checked that the button, although refitted, is actually opening the valve? Mike
  4. Thanks, Alex and Bill. I'll get some spring wire and see how that goes. Bill - I am using maple viola ribs for my chambers. It comes as 2 mm strips and fits snugly into the slot. I'm using rabbit skin glue on the chambers, with balsa guides to keep them perpendicular while drying. Mike
  5. I'm currently routing out the reed pan slots for the chamber walls of my Anglo. Is the normal course of action to install the valve restraint pins before assembly, and what are the recommendations for the pins themselves? Mike
  6. I have noticed that some orchestral violinists' perspiration wears away the varnish where the heel of the hand contacts the top rib of the instrument. A very light coat of Renaissance Wax acts as a barrier to this and is easily replaced. Mike
  7. I've tuned the reeds now, and based on Paul and Steven's recommendations I have centred the tuning on A. This sounds fine to me, and works well in concert with Uilleann Pipes, which was what I was after. Thanks for the help. Mike
  8. I am currently at the stage of tuning the reeds for a new Anglo concertina. I have been reading, on this forum and elsewhere, on the various meantone tunings peope are using, especially on Engish concertina. I have the data I need for ET, 1/4 Comma and 1/5 Comma cent offsets, and I would like to know whether they offer any advantage in group playing. The tuner I use has the capabity to play chords and instantly switch to any other tuning. To my ear 1/5 Comma sounds much more harmonious than 1/4 Comma or ET; the 3rds and 6ths benefit greatly from the lack of beating. Would there be a
  9. https://www.amazon.com/YaeTek-Leather-Machine-Splitter-Skiving/dp/B07BJX9XC3/ref=sr_1_64?keywords=leather+skiving+tool&qid=1578689405&sr=8-64 This is the Chinese version of the classic German Scharf-Fix machine which has been around for years - at about 5 times the price of the Chinese offering! I bought one last year and, with careful setting up will do the job well. The safety razor blades they come with are rubbish however, and you would need to source some high quality blades (Personna Platinum for example) and only skive two to three feet of leather with each edg
  10. After having a look inside I found that the reeds were Nickolds, so that appears to be the maker. No serial number however.
  11. I've just acquired a 26 key Anglo with the label "H.A.A. IMPROVED LONDON E.C." in the oval frame. Outwardly it looks like a typical Lachenal box rebadged by/for a seller, but inside it has an excellent set of steel reeds. Does anyone know who H.A.A. were? Tried searching but nothing came up. Mike
  12. Cohen has just uploaded a video to the Tube:
  13. As far as I am aware only Madagascar ebony falls under a CITES agreement - this agreement came into force sometime in 2013, so if the instrument is pre-2013 then it will be CITES exempt. I think that's the one which saguarro squeezer refers to. Mike
  14. Rushworth and Dreaper were active in Liverpool and Chester from the early 20th Century until around 2000. The "Islington" stamp on your instrument refers to their Head Office in the city. On other sites they built church organs, and had a violin making workshop which turned out the "Ardeton" models of violins, violas and cellos. Ardeton standing for Ar (Rushworth) De (Dreaper) Isling(ton). They were retailers of all sorts of musical instruments. They imported orchestral instruments from European workshops, in various qualities, and labelled them "Apollo Model x" for up to 12 grades of str
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