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  1. I have been working on Irish Concertina Lessons with Caitlin Nic Gabhann. They seem to fit exactly to what I need right now . But I have been mildly distracted by a clicking noise as she plays . Almost like a ring hitting the side of the instrument. It is definitely in time to the playing. This morning I was listening to Irish Concertina Ensemble and I heard that same clicking. Can anyone tell me what it might be?
  2. Someone, I think Halifax, mentioned an app called TunePal. It will “listen” to a tune and try to give you the name
  3. Thank you all. I think it probably doesn’t need anything immediately. I may try to glue the hinge areas and look for some velvet to fix the small area if I can find a match. A new hard case may be more protective but I will be keeping this one. The concertina fits very snuggly and then I carry the case in a bigger bag that is easier to carry .
  4. So as I have looked at this more closely, it appears that the problems were the top of the case hinges to the bottom but be remedied with a small drop,of glue . Any thoughts on that? Would anyone know where I might get some of the green flocking ( not sure of the is the correct name) that lines the case
  5. So here are many pictures of my treasure and her case. The case is a work of art but has developed some problems as you can see. I am looking for advice. Should this be restored in some way or is it ok the way it is? If so who does this kind of work?
  6. Great article. Of course I still play everything at dirge speed.
  7. I love this. It will help me to remember My husband says he will put This Side up on his forehead
  8. I definitely only need my one lovely but I still got very excited to see what you will be selling.
  9. Thanks for a reminder. I use this forum everyday so it is just right to make a donation.
  10. If it is New Brunswick maybe we could get together and I could let you try mine
  11. I do Facebook a lot but it is no substitute for this forum
  12. Only connection to concertinas is that we play them. My husband took this and I thought it captures my environment well. I live in far northern Maine right on the Canadian border. Actually the ridge on the far right is Canada What does it look like where you are?
  13. Season’s Greetings to all. I have gotten several early Concertina related presents. My oldest son sent me Bertram Levy’s The Anglo Concertina Demystified . Then my husband got me a humidifier and a six month subscription to Caitlín Nic Gabhann Irish Concertina Lessons. Pretty happy
  14. I have only been playing for about a year and a half but I try to play every day. I was playing for about an hour in the morning but then someone suggested that several shorter session were better. So right now I work on a new tune for about twenty minutes then later in the day I run through a bunch of tunes that I have worked on before and then still later a do another twenty minutes on whatever. Right now that is working on Jingle Bells to play with my grandson singing. But it would be easy to add a few more sessions because I just love to have it in my hands. Mind you I am not good at all but I enjoy it so
  15. Not sure what you mean by other way around but I put the soft side toward the concertina. I may look for some pretty ribbon and sew Velcro closings.
  16. So here is what I ended up doing. Works great.
  17. When I first got a Concertina I was at NESI . The gentleman from the Button Box explained I should not leave my Concertina just out on the table. He said it was important to leave the bellows closed. So he said I should leave it in the case or get a band to keep it closed. At the time I figured I would always keep it in the case. But now it want to practice more shorter sessions during the day so having it out would keep encouraging me to pick it back up. Could anyone describe what a “band” should look like, how it is made? A picture?
  18. So I am not sure how much you will find out about why people quit on this forum since most of us have not. I know I belong to the group that simply loves my concertina. I am 67 years old and it is the first instrument I have ever been able to play. Now I am a very poor player but I get better every day. I have no one to play with but I enjoy the music I play. It is the highlight of each day. On Monday I had a hiatal hernia repaired and just got out of the hospital on Wednesday. Everyday even in the hospital I thought about playing. I am quite sore and pretty groggy from pain meds but I am going to give her a go right after I finish this message
  19. That is a beauty. Wish I needed another concertina. You might check with The Button Box for an appraisal that is what I did. If your financial issues allow you to keep it and you play, I would come down from the County sometime to play with you. I am really a very poor player but I love playing and would so like to find someone to play with
  20. Thanks Bruce. I would love to see him live also. Unfortunately even if he gets to the east coast it will be a journey. But I believe I would try. and I will take a listen to Childsplay.
  21. Great resource. I was lucky enough to get the Cd from Jim Burke. But I will say the old technology, including my slow computer has made it a challenge to use. I might try this. Thanks
  22. So I have always been a big fan of Ada. But I had never heard of Rosalind Franklin. Although I always considered a highlight of my life when I was 17 and walking by the University’s Of Chicago Presidents home and who should come out but James Watson . He invited me in for tea with his wife.
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