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  1. I don't know how many of these there are in the world, however I remember seeing a craigslist ad for one in the New Jersey area not long ago ( a couple of months?). It was metal ended and an edeophone, if my memory serves me. Advertised as a soprano with (piccolo) in parentheses. I don't see the ad any longer.
  2. For goodness sake don't get your head involved! You instinctively know how to "pulse" and drive the rhythm. With fiddle, it's a little speed up and down pressure on the back beat and you can use it with a simple chord or drone to second almost anything...😊
  3. Nice! I particularly like the way you add a beat with the bellows pressure while holding a note. It's quite close to a very useful dance fiddle technique.
  4. Another thing that may help is to compose your own tunes, however simple. if you sit with your 'tina and create things together there seems to be a deeper "set" in your brain, perhaps because the tune is perceived as a whole rather than different parts that need to be joined together ( dots, fingerings, bellows movements etc.). At least that's how it works for me...πŸ™‚
  5. Keep at the ones you know to be sure but continue to throw some new tunes in. When you start a brand new tune you make a quantum leap.
  6. Perhaps related to this, I have two duets, one larger with thin tight bellows folds(7) the other a 6 1/4" with (6) thick sturdy folds. When at rest on a table the former remains tight as from its blocked case. The latter will expand of it's own about 1". I would call the one neutral, the other springy. I don't think about it but when I play the big box I play longer phrases in either direction and faster tunes are more difficult ( both boxes have basically the same notes). Playing the small one I find myself playing with the bellows in a very closed position with the instrument "playing it's self" to some extent on the draw providing a much quicker response.
  7. A product called Moso Natural(bags) is available from Amazon. It's listed as being bamboo charcoal.
  8. But it's an artificial and restrictive standard. Eg. if you don't play "Orange Blossom Special" at a BG fiddle contest, and play it as close as possible to the sterilized/stylized version favored by the "judges" your chances of taking home the "prize" are considerably lessened. The music is pulled out of the realm of functionality. once again, IMHO. I had a similar experience. I won the first and only fiddle contest I entered at around age 19 and earned $50 bucks, endless squabbling over how to split that with the piano player, a disastrous interview for a TV show and the undying enmity of another young competitor. I fled the performance world for contra dance in the wilds of upstate NY...πŸ˜€
  9. No, in my humble opinion, but human nature will make it so regardless.
  10. Thanx Gary. Stuart's observation fits it exactly. Some times I start playing a tune and I don't even know what key I'm in. The instrument just guides me along.
  11. I no longer have an edit option to add the other b to Crabb. Why is that?
  12. I wouldn't say odd except in comparison with other systems. The logic is different, more like a piano and lends itself well to playing by ear. I remember Neville Crab telling me when I was looking for my first box and had little money that it didn't matter much which system you started with and I believe he was right....πŸ˜‰
  13. There's a Marcus 30button C/G on the western Mass. Craigslist that's been there for a while at a very good price if it checks out. Right in your back yard if you're here in New York. I've no affiliation with the seller. πŸ™‚
  14. That's the best any of us can aspire to. Thanks for the holiday wishes and the same to you and yours...😊 Peace,Health and Harmony, Erik
  15. Never heard of it either but there's also a nice looking 30 button anglo under concertina products ebay by a maker named Seth Hamon in your home state who is also unfamiliar?
  16. You look quite a bit younger than that!....πŸ˜‰ I would add aesthetic appeal and fixability to the plus column. A vintage instrument seduces and demands playing and upkeep. Would you spend twice what you paid for her in repairs if she goes wonky?
  17. I've never heard of this Chantegril fellow but he sounds like a kindred spirit. Interestingly, your video and my little story prompted a song to pop into my head. I'll share it with you if I can pull it all together😊
  18. So you have a pivot point mid-palm rather than pinky side palm. that sounds promising 😊
  19. Remarkable. The imp even exhibits a World Class if recognizable concertina face, and playing a Hayden to boot! Seriously though, when was this building constructed and who was the artitect (spelling on purpose), valuable information about the appearance of the concertina in North America perhaps?
  20. Great looking Instrument! I remember our discussions concerning strap and hand rest mods and I'm curious about the bump in the rest showing in the other photos. Does it provide useful and sufficient but non-restrictive leverage? Do you like the larger buttons? Peace, Health and Harmony Erik
  21. Hauntingly beautiful. As a railway worker for 37 years I had many encounters. One stands out: A young fellow late in November knocking dirty icicles from beneath a boxcar into an old soup can to make coffee. I asked if it wasn't late to be heading south. He politely informed me he was headed for Bangor, Maine! There's a song there for sure...
  22. That's terrific, Isra, and on a beautiful instrument as well...πŸ˜ƒ
  23. Can't edit so what I meant was her C down to my Bb so my C becomes her D. Sorry.
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