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  1. Hi. As a mostly ex fiddle player I understand what you say about the hardened and in my case shiny pads. I had the same finger slipping off the buttons thing happening, mostly the ring and small fingers on the left hand and predominantly on the inside row although the ring finger on the D button in the middle could be vulnerable. So the first thing I did before I’d play was to give the pads of my fingers a sort of buffing with an emery board or nail file. The cardboard ones or disposable ones, about mid roughness. It was just to ‘key’ them as it were and definitely not a skin peel or plastic surgery!! This worked to a degree. I have to say though I was so frustrated that I entertained taking a rasp to the top of the buttons and roughing them up!!!! However I learnt that the issue was more a sensory or mechanical one than a skin issue. It was about how I put the finger on the button. I don’t know about you but I was trained to arch the fingers over the fiddle fret board and press down with the very top of the finger and I just never gave the action of placing it on the buttons a second thought. For me, I found it to be very subtly different. Same muscles and action probably but in the last mili seconds and millimetre there is a different connection on arriving on the button. So it was about slowing down and noticing the finger arriving on the button. I would practice just bringing the finger down and noticing the contact between finger and button. Off centre would a bit of a problem alright if you are doing it all the time so that exercise should correct that but if you have the rest right and the landing is correct you’ll get away with the odd off centre because you’ll catch most of the button. How you hold your fingers over the buttons when not using them might be an issue. Again if you are repeating the arching it might be causing a problem because I noticed that a lot of the better players keep the fingers extended, presumably in a relaxed way, over the buttons as opposed to being arched ready for action. But I feel an awareness of the minute contact on the buttons will fix it. I hope this helps in some way and best wishes.
  2. Hi, has anyone heard of a Wakker Anglo being made with Lachenal reeds? If so, any pro’s or cons? Thank you.
  3. Hi all, would anyone be so kind as to give me an opinion/ review either on the forum or privately on Jeff Thomas’s concertinas? Such as where they would be on the quality ratings etc. I appreciate that each handmade instrument can be different but in general. I am looking to trade up from a Claro accordion reeded but have never heard of the Jeff Thomas. Thank you in advance.
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    You can buy a José Claro accordion reeded concertina for €1900 which will be a big improvement. If it doesn’t suit he will refund if done within a month I think it is. He will also take it back if you wished to upgrade.
  5. Thank you ellen33. I must have a look at it. I think I always try to work the inside row to avoid the move even if that includes using all of it from F# up but I thought I was possibly torturing myself. And maybe I am!!
  6. Hi ellen33, can I ask you for an example of one or two you might use that way? Thank you
  7. Thank you all. Interesting. Although it doesn’t seem to feel right for me I can see the advantages whilst the high D on middle to C# always feels an absolute no no although I’ve seen one well known and respected player do it.
  8. To those who play Irish trad on the anglo, can I ask how many will go from the B on the right middle to C# on the incidental row as opposed to always going from the B on the G row ? Providing of course you are using a Jeffries layout and can get the C# on the second button.TIA
  9. Thanks Don. I’m using corn plasters at the moment
  10. No Don, it’s not. It lies on top of it and unfortunately the joint lies right on the edge of the strap, the edge furthest away. I could see about getting a strap that is wider at that point. I have tried setting my hand differently and it doesn’t really work for me.
  11. This could well be a strange question! Whilst I know what it says on the tin, how is the handrest actually used or does that question tell me and others that I currently have a problem? I press the concertina(Anglo) in with the heel of my hand and pull with the strap, leaving the handrest redundant. Should I be leaning some part of my hand on the handrest especially for pressing? One of the reasons I ask is that I sometimes make the mistake of pressing the instrument in with my thumb as opposed to the heel and of course sometimes on the button I’m playing which I know is a bad idea. My thumb is now starting to chafe on the joint where it is making contact with the edge of the strap. Painful. I hope this question makes sense! Thank you.
  12. Thank you Jewish Leprechaun and LateToTheGame.
  13. Hi, is there a model of Dipper Anglo c/g more or most commonly played by Irish trad musicians? Also, with regards to button dimensions what is the most common? Thanks
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