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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 curious about both its origin and its musical range. And whether it might have more than one reed per note. I've actually played a bigger one (belonging to a friend), but with a much more limited range (fewer buttons). The size was apparently mainly for show.
  2. A few times, I have been asked about my concertina, and there was never a problem after my answer. And twice, I've been asked to play it -- once in the security line and once (in Paris) on the ramp into the plane, -- to the delight of those in the vicinity.
  3. So such uncertainty would not -- yet -- be a factor in determining whether a particular concertina was more than 100 years old. Meanwhile, I would assume that such "age" would be based on date of manufacture, and date of sale would almost certainly be later than date of manufacture.
  4. I've just sight-read through both that setting in Bb and the one in G, with no problems. But I may be used to fingering options that you haven't practiced. In particular, I always use two separate fingers for same-row fifths, though not always the same fingers or in the same order. And that can also direct the use of a different finger than "usual" for notes before and/or after. If you want details of which fingers for which notes, I could provide that, but I have some more urgent things to deal with first. If I haven't added that before the weekend, please message me a reminder.
  5. A caution with back packs: If you are unfortunate enough to fall backwards, your weight and your back will land on whatever is in it. A hard box -- of which a concertina is a variant -- can cause damage. It happened to a friend of mine, and both his concertina and his back were damaged. I always carry my concertina by hand, sometimes in a bag that is larger and contains other things but will still fit under the seat in front of me on a plane. I never leave it lying around out of my sight, e.g., in a car or a tent.
  6. For Wheatstone instruments, keep a link to the relevant page in the Wheatstone ledgers, which the Horniman Museum keeps on a web site. As we progress in the 21st century, more and more classic instruments are passing that 100-year mark.
  7. Or be told not to return, because you've "disrupted" the session. Session "etiquette" can vary quite arbitrarily from session to session... and from individual to individual.
  8. I might guess that most (all?) of those who have seen it when it was in use have passed away.
  9. I still have some springs that Steve Dickinson made for me (at least 40 years ago, when he did such things). Three different stiffness grades. Just because springs look the same doesn't mean they will perform the same, and adjustments will usually need to be made -- in shape, material, or even placement in the instrument -- if you want to match the performance of a previous one.
  10. Shipping from New Hampshire to Maine? I would think a personal visit would be in order. Then you could try it before you buy it.
  11. Well, I know a Toni and Tina, but they're a Danish couple, and neither plays the concertina. 8^)
  12. Idiot proof? Why would you want to make it easier for idiots to open a concertina? Meanwhile, a complaint I have with some "modern" concertinas is that they use modern-standard machine screws, where the threads have a much shallower pitch than those on the "old-fashioned" instruments. That means many more turns of each screw when opening and closing the instrument. Okay, nobody seems to make screws of any sort these days with such steep pitch. But anyone with a screw-making machine could do so. Decades ago, Steve Dickinson made some for me, but he can no longer take the time to be a parts-maker for others. I actually had thoughts of asking a Russian friend if he could do it -- I could maybe pay for a thousand... at a time, if I could sell the entire first batch, -- but since the invasion of Ukraine, I'm unwilling to contact him, for fear that contact from an American would put him in danger. As for the type of head, I still find slot-head screwdrivers of the right size far easier to obtain than any of the alternatives. And I always keep a couple with my instruments, noting that not all "slots" are the same size.
  13. Interesting. I have the following Englishes... 5-fold trebles: 48-button pinhole Æola; 48-button Rock Chidley 6-fold trebles: 50-button Aeola; 48-button Edeophone; 48-button Wheatstone Model 22 6-fold tenor-treble: 48 button, 6-sided (Wheatstone, Dickinson?) 7-fold tenor-treble: 64-button Aeola 8-fold bass: 56-button Aeola Conclude what you will.
  14. Apologies to everyone for not getting this posted sooner, since if the SSI were happening, it would be at the end of this month. Over the past several months, my attention has been repeatedly hijacked by problems both technical and personal, and posting the "cancellation" slipped through the cracks. But I hope that you had guessed that without an announcement that it was happening, it probably wasn't. I had decided some time ago that with the recurring uncertainties regarding covid, I would not be willing to gamble on bringing people together. And although Sweden and Denmark (the nearest airport) are both officially "open", that decision has been validated by recent personal experience. I myself had the virus in early February, thankfully a mild case. But just within the last few weeks, five friends in Sweden were infected, and not as a group. And we were all fully vaccinated. Yes, it's still spreading. I had hoped that I could set up some individual small Zoom events during the past year, but those other issues prevented that. I still have hopes that I might be able to do something like that between now and April 2023, though there's no guarantee. However, if I do manage to get anything organized, I'll be sure to announce it here. Meanwhile, best wishes to all.
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