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    My main squeeze is the English -- in various sizes, but principally the standard treble, -- but I also play some Crane duet and anglo, and a wee bit on the MacCann duet, which I hope soon to devote more time to. I'll try my Jeffries duet and Chemnitzer once I get them into playing condition, but that may be a while.
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  1. I'm guessing that what you're calling "Baritone/Bass" are what Wheatstone called "bass-baritone". I.e., as with "tenor-treble", the first part of the name indicates the low end of the range, while the second part indicates what pitch sounds for fingering (end-to-end, etc.) equivalent to a treble. In fact, a Wheatstone bass-baritone is exactly like a tenor-treble, but sounding entirely an octave lower, just as a baritone sounds an octave lower than a treble. Am I right, or is there some other difference?
  2. Good point, especially when it's not really a different concept, but simply an extension of the tenor-treble concept.
  3. My friend Jane in Stockholm has a superb -- and unusual -- ebony-ended New Model baritone, though not a bari-treble. It's larger than normal and lightly stretched, with a very rich sound. You should be able to see it and test it if you come to next year's Scandinavian Squeeze-In. 8^) It would have been at this year's (as also last year) if we hadn't had to cancel the event.
  4. I have never seen one, but I've only seen a couple of Wheatstone ones, and heard of a few more. (Has anybody counted how many there are in the ledgers?) The persons more likely to know are the full-time restorers and dealers, including of course Chris Algar, and our "local" Lachenal expert, Dowright. I'm guessing -- though it is only a guess -- that it wasn't a "standard" Lachenal model. (Have you checked the old price lists on concertina.com?) But I'd be surprised if they didn't make at least a couple... as custom orders. Although it wasn't part of your question, I will mention that I once (1975?) had the pleasure of trying a 48-button, double-action, ebony-ended, G-bass Edeophone. (That's right, two octaves below a 48-button treble.) Alas, it was not for sale!
  5. As scoopet said, that's a baritone, not a baritone-treble. The term "baritone-treble" has a very specific meaning, at least in Wheatstone's terminology. It doesn't just mean "big" or "low", and it's actually significantly different from simply "baritone". The buttons/notes of a baritone are arranged just like those of a "treble", except that they sound an octave lower for the same fingering. On a baritone-treble, the same fingering as for a treble gives the same pitches as a treble, though that fingering is shifted "upward" in the button array. The lower notes, like the lower notes on a tenor-treble are positioned in a downward continuation of the treble array, a continuation which is unambiguous in Wheatstone's layout for the English concertina. (In fact, the tenor-treble is such a downward continuation of the treble, and the baritone-treble is just a further continuation.) Because the two notes differing in pitch by an octave are on opposite ends of the instrument, a most obvious consequence of the difference between a baritone and a baritone-treble is that each note of a given pitch is found on opposite ends of the two types. E.g., middle C is in the left hand on a baritone-treble -- as on a treble or tenor-treble, -- but in the right hand on an "ordinary" baritone. They -- and their customers -- didn't seem to be worried about the possibility of Edeophones "rolling" off of a table. Probably most of those who played them -- especially bigger ones -- did so in special environments (on stage? in a home parlor?), not in a pub session where they'd leave their instrument unattended on a table as they went to the loo or to get a fresh drink. (In modern times, I have seen treble Edeophones in sessions, but I've never seen one roll off a table, nor even toward the edge of one.) That particular one is "rare", because in addition to baritones being far less common than trebles and Edeophones being the "deluxe" (and therefore most expensive and less common) Lachenal model, use of amboyna wood and gold plate was very expensive. Such instruments were also given extra care in their craftsmanship... another cost.
  6. Well, the story of my sister's chorus has now reached the Los Angeles Times. There are some "sobering" details which suggest that transmission is much easier than authorities, even the W.H.O., have reported. Worth reading carefully and completely. My sister and her husband have now recovered, but not all of their friends Here's the article. The last paragraph actually makes a good introduction:
  7. Just a guess, but might it be a consequence of the coronavirus situation? Things slowing down because of extreme cleanliness precautions and maybe even staff shortages?
  8. Tune by Amy Cann? Great tune. Wonderful person!
  9. Keep safe. Keep isolated. The virus is spreading even among people without symptoms. The chorus my sister in the US sings with had a rehearsal (52 individuals) March 10. That was before the "no more than 10" recommendation, but no one had symptoms. By the 14th, six members (including my sister) had symptoms. By the 20th, 25 chorus members had symptoms and 8 had gotten back test results that were positive for covid-19. On March 21, my sister wrote: That "at least 10" was before she, and now her husband, got back test results saying that they're both positive for covid-19. And the authorities are still not testing individuals who are asymptomatic, even though they've been in contact with those who have tested positive. In last night's (March 23) email, she says: And so far, this cluster doesn't seem to have been noticed by the national news networks. SteveS, has there been any change where you are? (I'd guess not, or you would have told us.) What about others here?
  10. Strange. Your post never appeared in my "Unread Content", or I would have told you that I could bring a guitar. Irrelevant now, since this year's SSI is cancelled, which you already know. Let's see what next year brings. If you still want a guitar then, I should be able to bring one. 8^)
  11. SSI 2020 is cancelled It is with great regret that I have to announce the cancellation of SSI 2020, the Scandinavian Squeeze-In which would have been our 21st annual gathering. The reason should surprise no one; it's the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. Borders are closed. Transportation is disrupted. Gatherings of more than 10 people -- and that would include us -- are forbidden. That situation is unlikely to change before the scheduled dates of our Squeeze-In. And even if it did, the way the virus spreads would leave me fearful that our gathering could contribute to the spread. Those who have already booked flights, I hope you can get refunds. There's no point in simply postponing the SSI. Once the various restrictions are lifted, all sorts of other events that had to close will be returning to compete for participants' schedules. Instead, I am now planning for SSI 2021, which will be held -- "as always" -- on the last full weekend of April, i.e., April 23-25, 2021. I hope that I will see some of you there... and maybe even before then. In the meantime, I hope you will all remain healthy. Sincerely, Jim Lucas
  12. Unless you have neighbors whom it disturbs.
  13. "The End of the World" as a tune. I shall learn it. But I'm left wondering... is The Restaurant at the End of the World still open, or has it been forced to close because of the virus?
  14. This is interesting, but also a bit frightening. The extreme version of the herd mentality: One or a few individuals panic for no reason, and suddenly there's a stampede, with everyone running, and none bothering to wonder why, or even where. A brother and sister in the US say there's no toilet paper to be had anywhere near where either of them lives. They're OK, because they have a habit of keeping a "backup" supply on hand. Apartment dwellers who have never felt that they had the space for such a "luxury" must be really worried right now. However, in Denmark and Sweden there seems to be no shortage of toilet paper in any of the stores. The only shortage of anything that I noticed in my brief socially-distanced trip out today (to fill small gaps in my good-for-a-month larder) was in the organic meat section of one store, but that has happened occasionally before, even long before this virus.
  15. Yes. With flu and other "recent" epidemics, both the elderly and children are "high risk" categories, tending on average to suffer more severely than others. With covid-19, children are not (on average) suffering more than other age groups. But this means that they could be ill but not obviously so, and thus pass the virus to doting grandparents who are at high risk. Keeping "social distance" means with everybody... as much as possible, and not just as much as is "comfortable". The virus can't tell whether someone is a family member or not.
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