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  1. I agree and I'm sure we'll both attain excellent results for our instruments for having this information.
  2. Thanks for the in depth discussion. Very helpful towards making a complex decision. My Jeff duet is in old pitch (close to a semitone sharp). I could go down to C core or up to D core or keep it as is. Neither re-tune would be easy because of the large interval and the fact that the low 5 or 6 reeds are already heavily weighted. I've had a suggestion of moving (some) reeds around or having a new reed pan and reeds built. In any event I'll end up with 2 instruments ( I have a Wheatstone JD C core) at considerable expense. On a hunch I recently purchased the set of Shakespeare ends offered for sale here( Thanx Sergio!) and Yes! the button pattern matches Jeff duet so now I'm leaning toward spending the money on a new/old build (using as many spares as I can find). Hopefully I'll end up with 3 boxes for the money....πŸ˜ƒ
  3. David, I particularly enjoyed your playing of Bob's Old Time Quadrille.Β  That tune's been stuck in my head since the early days of NEFFA when I danced it to the prompting of Fred Brunnig (I Think!).Β  I never knew it's name but it's one of the first tunes I attempted on my Jeff duet.Β  Thanx!

    Β 

    Erik

    1. David Barnert

      David Barnert

      Thanks. I also first heard it at NEFFA. 1970s. Bob McQ and April Limber and Pete Colby. Don’t remember who was calling. Might have been Fred. At McQ tunes sessions at NEFFA or the Flurry I can never find anyone else who wants to play it. Sometimes I worry that I’m the only one who still does.

    2. wunks

      wunks

      That's strange because it's a crackerjack contra dance tune, although I can't say I've heard it elsewhere either.Β  At least there're two of us!Β  Cheers.

      Β 

      Erik

  4. I think my Jeep vibrates somewhere near that! I get the point though. It's not easy to raise the pitch a significant amt. without affecting performance.
  5. I'm visualizing the helper springs on my "92 Jeep....😊
  6. So I gather from the recent posts that at the tip of the reed it's about weight but stiffness/flex at the base. So no qlob of solder but what about a thin spine of some sort like wire or foil tape? There seem to be some modern materials that will offer some stiffness but are not brittle.
  7. Neither the title of this nor your previous thread imply restricting the discussion to lowering of pitch only but I'll present my query in a new thread.
  8. You've mentioned this in some other posts and looking to either raise or lower my Jeff duet an approximate semi-tone it seems like a good alternative to solder/scratch even if non traditional. The idea deserves it's own thread but a quick question; does adding material at the base of the reed raise the pitch?
  9. Broken spring and a piece of it interfering with the pad?
  10. I've been advised by more than one reputable repair person against re-tuning from "old pitch" if possible because the reeds will be compromised to some degree. In my case (Jeff duet) it could be either down to the standard C core or up to D core. Do others agree?
  11. tunelover; if you google Jeffries duet concertina note pattern it will be in the first row of images. In this case Big Nick was using color to indicate octaves.
  12. Not an anglo player or a dots reader but just a thought...... would using a color (ala Nick Robertshaw's Jeff duet diagrams) with the texts for say bellows direction help?
  13. With a pair of (for the feet) Odor Eaters.....πŸ™‚
  14. Very interesting. I wonder where that shared pattern originated? Hopefully I'll "end"up with it! I'm waiting for more pics and will certainly post them. Thank you both....πŸ˜ƒ
  15. Or just close your eyes; amazing how your fingers can find the "right" notes without them!
  16. Does anyone recognize this fret pattern or even this particular instrument? There is some confusion coming from the seller as to the maker. Supposedly Lachenal and the 4 fold dark green bellows with the standard papers seem to support this. I can't seem to get a pic of the other end so this might be a home made replacement although it seems nicely done and pleasing if simple. Seller says mahogany but it looks like walnut or maybe rough rosewood to me. German? One can see the pads,springs and radial layout through the ends. If I hear back from them I can provide more detail. Thanx.
  17. "Nuke the Whales!" was the abridged version. '70's?
  18. Yes Voltaren. There are generic (cheaper) versions now as well I just started using it ...works for me....πŸ™‚
  19. I don't know what actual condition you have but there are other treatments. Assuming you've tried several there is a relatively new over the counter topical gel for arthritis pain containing 1% diclofenac sodium (what ever the heck that is). I don't know if it's available where you are and I'd ask your doctor first.
  20. It may be worth noting that the 50 button "C" core JD extends down chromatically to the low Viola C with an added low G (I have one with an added B and Bb).
  21. I think that's right. It's like playing a chord progression in first position on a tenor guitar as opposed to barring up or down the neck with, say, a barred E chord.
  22. RAc, I'll clarify my post also. #1 Outside the home key at either end of the two middle rows, things get a bit wonky with the sequence changing to a more linear layout for the L/H low notes, while the overlap zone is like having 2 mini mirror image EC's, then, at the high end it's back to a liner mode. #3 This is hard to pin down but valuable info for the OP I hope. On the Jeff duet there are many opportunities for 3 note chords on the L/H using 3 or less fingers that invite dropping a resting finger (or the thumb) on a desired low note (or melody note if playing in the middle of the box). This three note trick is a set of easy fingerings repeatable in any key (that I've explored) but never in the same place in every key! So if you play a tune in one key your fingerings, voicing and ornamentation will be different in another. I like that.
  23. Sorry RAc, You posted while I was writing. Comments, but not criticisms on your # 1. Jeffries is similar for the home key but zigzag on the middle 2 rows across the fan shaped pattern with sharps and flats above (for the most part) and low notes below. 2. I consider left/right, accompaniment/melody to be an option rather than a mandate due to the overlap and chromatic nature. 3. There are some repeating chord patterns on the JD but like a guitar you can form chords other than barring.
  24. As a duet player (Jeffries) I would add that while the "home key" is easy (C for my Box) so are F, G, Bb, A minor D minor and several sharp keys. In fact, I don't find any particular note combinations very difficult especially if you're used to the contortions involved in playing the guitar. Additionally the overlap twixt LH and RH solves many difficulties. A further advantage of duet is with voicing potential. You can use a lot of bellows work but you don't have to and you can chord and counterpoint, drone, slur, punch and/or linger at will. The different types of duet will have their own advantages.
  25. The time line eludes me but I was playing guitar a bit pre-Woodstock (I attended but awoke in the mud and drizzle, then got the hell out of there. For me It was the end of an era of small folk clubs Like the Blues Bag in Provencetown, The Village Gate in NY and Cafe' Lena in Saratoga, still alive πŸ˜ƒ). I played a few gigs but never warmed to the audiance/performer thing. I got inspired by the Quebeqois fiddle style and was introduced to Contra Dance in the early 70's. I hitchhiked around Europe etc. and stopped in Crabb's Shop in Islington to see about an EC. (I believe my first exposure was to the playing of Louis Killen and John Robert's but there may have been others!). EC's were way too dear in Crabb's but (Neville I believe, although the bill of sale is signed by Geoffry) mused that it didn't matter which system If I was just starting out and promptly trotted out a rather large Wheatstone Jeff duet! The bill of sale reads 30 pounds sterling. I acquired a second JD shortly after getting back to the states and they both went into the closet for 50 years while I happily sawed away on the fiddle for dances. I got so I wasn't practicing or learning anything new and my intonation was starting to slip. I opened them up a little over three years ago. Pandora never infiltrated these boxes! Thanx to all who helped us😊 along. Peace, Health and Harmony Erik
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