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  1. Your playing sounds great to me, Jim, as does Randy's. I'm T&E myself and far behind you both but I can pick up an old jazz standard (mom played stride piano), Quebecois dance tune, or mountain holler by listening to the tune and mood. I'll never play it exactly the same or even the same way the second time through. Josh White (remember him?) said jazz is about the melody. Not a quote but that's how I remember it. Dig the tune and .........😊
  2. No brickbats here Little John! As you've discovered, (thanx for the inspiration) mixing in some bisonorics with duet is a great idea and working it the other way round should be as well.
  3. Jig Doll or Limber Jack around here but with a rod into the back instead of strings with the plank atop the knee. The strings allow much more freedom for the "Jack". Yours is a break dancer!
  4. I play Jeff duet not anglo but I've realized that having just one bisonoric button (F#/G# in each octave) sorts out all kinds of irregularities and limitations. Reading this thread I'm wondering if a unisonoric button or two on anglo might be of some use.
  5. Your approach works quite well. It's beautiful! Not only the sparse harmony but a frugal melody line as well. It's not easy to resist opening Pandora's box......😊
  6. As an intuitive player I find myself thinking and playing (duet) as a whole and therefore (subconciously I guess) avoid the left hand, right hand convention with a piece somewhat straddling the middle. Harmonies (if any) can appear above, below and/or surrounding a melody.
  7. I'm Curious. Does cleaning affect playability one way or another?
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    Hogmanay or Adieu to The Auld Year (strathpey) was added to The Session 5 days ago. It's in A. I play by ear so I don't know if it's the same tune as yours in G, ( I can slowly read the dots but don't know ABC ) The audio clip is so fast I can't grasp it. it may be one of these but in any case what I heard was probably played more like a reel for contra dancing.
  9. Yes David thanks. It appears to be the same. I don't do facebook but the marketplace is viewable without.
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    I remember a fiddle tune with this name. Can anyone play it? I found Gavin Atkin's fine rendition of Hogmanay Jig on melodeon but I don't remember it as a jig although that would be nice to hear on concertina as well. I think it was played on hammered dulcimer. Fennig's Allstars perhaps?
  11. If anyone's looking for one of these Bastaris (C/G 30 buttons) There's one in a shop in Brockport NY USA for around $250. Ken Coles posted a picture of one in a recent thread but I can't find it now. The ad is in Facebook Marketplace search concertina.
  12. Small end nippers may give you enough purchase if you squeeze just hard enough to create a little flat spot each side without cutting off the nub. Mini-blunt nose vise-grips may be safer if they will hold without slipping.
  13. I'm mostly in agreement with Clive here and would take another step back from imposing your will on the instrument. Forget what key(s) it's in. Pick a random note. Find another that sounds interesting with it. Add a third note. Now there is a mood or flavor. Proceed accordin'. It's also helpful to learn to play melody with your left hand.
  14. A second "thumbs up" for Voltarin. Another thing about practice time; After around 30 min. or so, especially when trying to push through the distraction, I can over shoot my brain's working capacity, sort of like flooding the carburetor (remember those?).
  15. Yep, 64. as the "Fab four" well knew. Try two twenty minute sets or even ten at first to give your hand wrist and arm a chance to develop a "workaround". I've learned to play such that it becomes therapeutic rather than aggravating the condition.
  16. Even though I'm contemplating some changes to Jeffries duet to ease the fingering gymnastics somewhat, I don't want to lose the "flavor" of different keys due to unique patterns for each.
  17. Delightful! I'm curious.... Beth's pie appears to be made with what I would call husk tomatoes sometimes found growing wild around these parts. Goose berries to me as a kid were a low bush large pale variety of the currant family. Most farmsteads had some but they were largely eradicated years ago because they hosted the blight of plum and other fruit trees. excellent pies as well though πŸ€ͺ This is my memory, A quick search, however, indicates White Pine Blister Rust to have been the problem.
  18. Also trying to stay on topic ; What wood for the rest? my dream box project is antique chestnut (old table leaf), light, strong, stable and nice looking I think.
  19. That's a handsome box Alex! Having purchased the pair of 6" 44 button Shakespeare ends offered here I must ask about space inside. My project is a d-core Jeff duet with a couple of tweeks to "civilize" the note pattern ( the button holes on these ends are a match for my JD).
  20. If you haven't watched Tim Burton's "Nightmare before Christmas", It contains some great spooky musicπŸ€‘
  21. I see. I also enjoyed your vid. on Alex's site and have followed your use of bisonoric buttons with interest. Thanx for the detailed explanation πŸ™‚
  22. It's beautiful L.J. what's it measure across the flats? I'm looking for a 6"parts box to shoe-horn in a d-core Jeff duet.
  23. I played music with some friends last night and spoke for a while with the former supervisor of nearby Waterville NY who informed me that the auction went to a wealthy couple in the area and spent some time in New York City before being donated to Oberlin. The concertina referred to is the only one I saw listed in their collection. The donor is listed but I don't know if he is the donor of the whole collection.
  24. I was searching the musical instrument collection of Oberlin College (USA) because a portion of it is a donation from an instrument collection near me (Deansboro, NY). They show a Wheatstone EC # 36189 dated 1958 that appears very similar to one (especially the bellows papers) that was a recent subject of inquiry here( although I can't find the thread). It's viewable on their web site if it is of interest.
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