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  1. Huge thanks for all the tips, lots of food for thought!
  2. Thanks to everyone for your recommendations so far, lots of things to think about. Since I do most of my travel in normal times by train, I would like to avoid a case that was too far on the heavy side (although I recognise that getting a case that offers high protection and is lightweight is a bit of a holy grail!). I know quite a few people with Peli cases for other things and they swear by them and by all accounts they are virtually bomb proof. What is the weight like for this with two concertinas in, and how easy was it to customise the foam inserts to fit your
  3. I'm considering getting a double case made to take my Jeffries and Crabb concertinas as a convenient way to carry both instruments when I return to doing live gigs (whenever that may be... but let's not get into that!). I know a few members on here have double concertina cases, it would be great to know who people have used to build these cases and if anyone has any recommendations. I'm UK based, so UK builders would be preferred, but non-UK builders would be considered. Thanks in advance!
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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!
  9. I did speak to Eddy briefly about this last year and he said that an anglo version is on the cards.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. Chris Algar has a 30 key Lachenal D/A on his website: http://www.concertina.co.uk/stock-selection/?concertina=3253
  15. 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.
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