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  1. 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.
  2. So here is what I ended up doing. Works great.
  3. 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?
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. So you were in Venice while I was in Spain and Morocco. I found a few accordions but no concertinas. Still a wonderful experience. BUT today I finally played my Concertina for the first time in weeks. It was a joy
  10. Not really looking for anything just thought it would be fun to find something. I did leave mine at home so maybe I could find one to travel with. Also it would be the challenge of finding one where you don’t expect it. Have fun in Venice
  11. So I am currently in Southern Spain and soon to be in Marrakech and Essaouira. Anyone know of places to shop for Anglos? I know it is not likely but never hurts to ask
  12. So I do have very dry heat in my house. Forced air and sometimes a wood stove. I will be turning it down when we are away and I think I will leave the concertina in the basement . In the future I may get a small room humidifier for when I am playing also. Since it is a Dipper , I always try to follow any advice from Colin and Rosalie. Thank you all for these great suggestions.
  13. I know I sometimes obsess i will be away for almost a month. My house will be heated. What should I do to be sure my Concertina is not too dry? i use a tool that tells me the humidity it I will not be here to adjust. if I just put it in a plastic bag I’ll that be enough?
  14. Hi Bruce, i am looking forward to the lessons. I tried the sample today and I think it is just want I need. Hope to see your book soon susan
  15. Wonderful! I sent you an email. Thank you so much
  16. I just finished an eight hour drive. Most of the time I was enjoying the three CD set ANGLO INTERNATIONAL. What a joy! Best purchase. Since I was driving i didn’t have the liner notes but a certain set on the third CD just captured my heart. When I got home I found the artist is Niall Vallely. I was particularly taken with track six. Amazingly it is The Mathematician (that’s me at heart), The Independent (so I have been called) and Sean McGuire’s reel ( my mother’s maiden name is McGuire). Coincidences are such fun. Anyway I have now found out that once upon a time he made a cd tutorial. None of the links to find it work. If anyone owns a copy and would part with it please contact me. or if you can direct me to a source many thanks, susan
  17. Just received mine. I am in heaven. Such wonderful tunes and musician. So glad I purchased it.
  18. Congratulations, I know how excited you must be. But I also used a Ceili and she served me well.
  19. Just wondering if a REAL novice would be able to attend. I just returned from Boxwoods at Lunenburg Nova Scotia. It was a great experience with Mairaid Hurley. She was a wonderful teacher and can really shred a concertina when she performs. But the other players had at least 5 years experience. I started playing last September and it is my first instrument. I would love to attend more training since I live where I have no teacher but don’t want to be out of place as the slow one. Amazing that I am already thinking about next year
  20. Oh I am in the states where we have a an awful lot of misfortune to banish
  21. I am hoping someone would be willing to post a very simple version of Banish Misfortune. I am very new to any instrument and learn best when I know the tune well. Thanking you in advance
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