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  1. That layout looks to be a C/G 26 key Stephen, so same idea would apply but you'd need to drop it a fourth to get to a G/D layout.
  2. I would say that you've made a very good choice with the Mayfair as a first instrument. Yes they are somewhat limited in range and there are certainly better instruments out there, but they are as far as I've seen the best thing in their price range by a country mile. As you say some of the mass produced Chinese plastic instruments are just one step above toys. I'm an anglo player and my first year of playing was spent struggling on a series of very cheap modern instruments, in my second year of playing I was loaned a Mayfair anglo which brought my playing on a huge amount, so it's great that
  3. Steve doesn't use paypal (or at least he wasn't when I spoke with him in December) so something like Transferwise would probably be your best answer.
  4. Hi Carl. I offer online concertina lessons. I'm based in the UK, but I have a handful of US students, and the only thing to be aware of is the time zone difference, but it's usually easy enough to work around this. You didn't say in your original post, are you an Anglo player? This is the system that I play and offer tuition in- my main specialism is harmonic style anglo playing, for playing English tunes and song accompaniment, so working on Chanties and Sea songs is right up my street. If you are interested, there are more details about online lessons on
  5. Brilliant, I love low pitched anglos. I don't think I've ever heard a 30 key Lachenal baritone in full flight- you do it real justice, can't imagine it's the easiest instrument to play!
  6. I did speak to Eddy briefly about this last year and he said that an anglo version is on the cards.
  7. Thanks for the plug. As you say, the festival is going ahead online this weekend with a mix of pre-recorded and live videos. Plenty of concertinas among the artists, but my events for those who are interested are 4:30 on Sunday which is a live 'chance to meet' where I'll be doing a sort of Q&A along with playing a few songs/ tunes. Along with this I'm in one of the Monday evening concerts- this is pre-recorded. All events are free with any donations received being split between the artists and the NHS Covid-19 relief fund.
  8. I do tend to read bass clef when playing pieces in parts however, in my experience of arranging pieces for concertina bands in the UK, most people prefer baritone parts to be written out in treble clef an octave higher than sounding and bass parts written out in treble clef two octaves higher than sounding.
  9. Kind of, but still retaining the melodeon shape. I can't find anything about it online, but here's a lo-tech picture of the photo that appears in the book.
  10. There is a description of a Lachenal 'Chromatic Accordeon' in the book A Maid and Her Music, which biography of Ruth Askew, who amassed a huge collection of free reed instruments in her life. The book describes it as having 19 treble keys across two rows tuned in B & D and 4 left hand keys. The reeds are Lachenal concertina reeds on the right with more ordinary accordion/melodeon reeds on the left. It was made in around the 1930s, so very late for Lachenal when they were under harsh competition from the accordion market- around the same time Lachenal also produced the infamous Accorde
  11. Chris Algar has a 30 key Lachenal D/A on his website: http://www.concertina.co.uk/stock-selection/?concertina=3253
  12. Thanks John and mathhag. I've been pleasantly surprised by how well it's gone- there are some wonderfully generous and supportive people in the folk scene.
  13. Hello all. It's been a while since I posted on here, hopefully you wont mind me using this post for a little shameless promotion. I am an English folk singer anglo concertina and melodeon player- some of you may be familiar with my work through the very nice thread that was started on concertina.net about 2 years ago: I've launched a Kickstarter to raise funds for my second solo album which I am planning to release at the end of the year. This album has been in planning for about 9 months, and unfortunately the current situation with Covid-19 in the UK has left me wit
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