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  1. I have a Jeffries duet 61/4" from the early 1900's and a Lachinal EC 61/4" from the late 1800's. On a whim, when I had both opened up, I swapped the ends, reed pans and all and discovered a perfect fit. Even the end bolts threaded snug and tight. Seemingly there was quite a bit of standardization at this size. Perhaps it's a mongrel?
  2. Coming from duet rather than EC but helpful I hope; Reverse your thinking. Play the chord sequence first and derive the melody from the chord. It's easier to locate the single note needed, which more than likely will be included in the chord, than to grope about for an appropriate cluster of harmony notes. Start with a very sparse simplified version of the tune maybe even one note per bar. Soon you'll be able to join both halves of your brain in the magnificent production of a glorious harmonic whole!....😄
  3. A handsome pair! I've been looking for a basse aux pied like forever. maybe someday....😊
  4. Our family like many has been making increased use of on line shopping due to the pandemic. In the last few weeks many packages shipped by both UPS and Fedex have arrived in terrible condition and I mean ripped, crushed or otherwise mutilated. Because the contents were mostly soft goods they survived. After politely requesting an explanation from the drivers of both companies, one fellow candidly admitted that because of increased orders and reduced warehouse staff, boxes were simply being tossed in the trucks roughly and as fast as possible to "Just get them shipped out!". Another said that all packages are insured but you don't have to accept it if it's damaged. I had been thinking of shipping my duet for some needed work but the situation seems untenable at this time. I can also imagine this situation increasing the risk of lost or stolen instruments. I offer this as a caution to anyone contemplating use of these services.
  5. Ah, contra dance music! I love that rhythmic style and a new tune to learn...welcome to the forum....😊
  6. Delightful! I noticed in some of your links you've played with Tom White On occasion. A new found friend , we've been playing together for contra dances and other stuff. Quebecois, my first fiddle inspiration, hitch hiking in the Northeast Kingdom. love to hear some on EC....😀
  7. I dropped him a phone call ( it's included in the ad) and suggested he post the links here.
  8. Hi Jim. I posted this because the location is in such a small geographic location ( extreme NW Conn.) and there are many players in the greater New York /NewEngland area that might be interested. The musician Is not someone I know but I googled Lakewood Connecticut Concertina and a nice picture of ( I assume) his band came up including a fiddler whom I seem to recognize. Perhaps someone here knows the fellow(s). The ad is presented as an offer.
  9. Let's not forget that a large part of the recommended safety procedure is to not infect others (wearing a face covering, etc.) as you may be asymptomatic. Would you be singing?
  10. It looks like it belongs there.....🙂
  11. Northwest Connecticut craigslist posting musical not posted in adjacent areas ( Albany NY, Western Mass.). No interest or affiliation myself.
  12. Don, I'm finding that if you put a positioning hop or an undertuck at the beginning or early in a phrase or string of notes, it sounds more like an accent and less like an act of desperation.....😊
  13. You might think of a material with a unidirectional cross grain like fish-scale or climbing skins for back country skies.
  14. "First you say you do and then you don't and then you say you will and than you won't You're undecided now so what are you gonna do?" scoobidy rebop de bebop de bay!
  15. I'd suggest a short piece of elastic material at one or both ends to preserve the original character rather than an entire strap. My daughter suggests an elastic para-chord survival bracelet fab. Any teen can custom make one for you......🙂
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