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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. Chris Algar is promoting this instrument on his web site? Color me impressed! I look forward to eventually seeing it and trying it. (I'm very sorry I wasn't at Whitby, but I was at a Polish maritime festival, and my training as a physicist didn't allow me to be in two places at once.)
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    English concertina tuition needed

    I know that there are players in the Newcastle area (I've met them in sessions on rare visits), though I don't know who, if any of them, teach. I'm surprised at what you say about Sage. Aren't they involved with Folkworks, which was started by Alistair Anderson? Even if that's only during the summer and for "youth" (I don't really know, though I get that impression from a quick internet search), I would think that someone associated with Folkworks would know about individuals who could tutor you, even if there are no group classes. Or maybe Theo Gibb, of The Box Place, would know someone he'd be willing to recommend?
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    Contacting Frank Edgley

    Enough for how many early birds?
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    loose thumb strap on EC

    Indeed! I have seen an Aeola where the lack of the long screw (a result of a former "repair") resulted in the fretworked end being pulled apart. The man who did the repair created a whole new end -- copying the original fretwork -- rather than try to put back together the pieces of the original end.
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    Anyone Have a Verb?

    I've never used -- nor heard used -- the word "operate" for playing a concertina... nor any other musical instrument. However, I have many times "operated on" my concertina, when something needed to be adjusted or fixed. 8^)
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    Contacting Frank Edgley

    A few "hours"? If he were constantly checking his email, he wouldn't have time to make any concertinas. If I sent an inquiry to a maker, I'd be pleased if I got a reply within a week.
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    Anyone Have a Verb?

    I agree with Mike. Both of those words are commonly used, and I can't think of any other term that's common.
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    Homewood Music gallery of available concertinas

    Oops! With Firefox as my browser, all I get is a totally black page, and the label at the top of my browser says "Lightroom Gallery". Reloading the browser didn't help. But then I tried a couple of other browsers, and in both I did get the gallery of photos, with descriptions and prices. I wonder what's causing the difference.
  9. This is admittedly a digression, but... calling it "the harmonic style" has always seemed strange to me. I consider myself to be first and foremost a singer, and my instrumental career was for many years limited to wind instruments. I sing, and on the concertina often play harmony lines. To me, chords as a rhythmic background are not "harmony", but an entirely different concept.
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    Stagi Concertinas

    Which duet system? I would guess Wiki/Hayden, yes?
  11. "Tortoise shell" is often artificial, not the real animal product. I believe it was Stephen Chambers who pointed out (in a previous thread on the topic) that the first "shell" concertina to appear in the Wheatstone ledgers is dated shortly after the invention/appearance of artificial "tortoise shell". I know that my own TS Aeola is artificial, though still a super-deluxe instrument, with a special sound and gold-plated hardware. After all, when certain plastics of reliable quality first appeared, they were rare, and considered by some to be more "special" than "the real stuff". (Anybody remember the green Edeophone? I forget the name of that particular plastic, but it is obviously plastic.) But I also know of one Aeola which has been identified by an expert as real tortoiseshell. The appearance -- both colors, and patterning of the "streaks" -- of that one is quite different from my own. Edited to add: Just went back to look at the photo. I'm not enough of an expert to be sure, especially from a photo, but from my memory ot the one I mentioned, I think this one may be the real thing.
  12. Randy, good suggestion, though it doesn't seem to be a response to the original post here. Posted in the wrong thread? But to go with your post, I have always maintained that the keys outside "the usual" are not "harder to learn"; they're only "more difficult" because people don't practice them. Even those keys in which the scale can't be done by alternating ends (e.g., C# major) have their own patterns, which can be "internalized" by practice... but not by practice of the scales which have a different ("the usual") pattern.
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    What system is this? (Lachenal on ebay)

    ?? Where are you seeing the left-hand side? On the eBay auction page I'm only seeing two photos, and they're both of the right-hand end. I suspect otherwise. I'd guess a custom duet system, though I might change my mind if I could see the left hand. In the left hand, if the rows are as wide as in the right but fewer rows, I would guess duet. If five rows but not as wide, I'd lean toward anglo. And is there a thumb button in the left hand? If I remember correctly, one of the duet layouts in the later Wheatstone patent was 7 columns wide. No time to dig out the reference right now. (Taking a train toward Jämtland tomorrow; need to pack.) Can somebody query the seller on eBay as to whether it's unisonoric or bisonoric? Whatever it is, I'm very curious. 8^) Oh, yeah. And definitely not Linton, since Linton is consistently six wide in both hands
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    Advice on selling a 1922 Wheatstone concertina

    I have no TV, though I'm trying to keep abreast of developments, and not just in Washington, D.C. (E.g., my brother is an EMT and ambulance driver in a town that does its own fireworks display.) Meanwhile, as you well know, when it's 6 pm (18:00) in D.C., it will be midnight here. 8^o
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    Advice on selling a 1922 Wheatstone concertina

    Yep, though probably not today. Very busy, even without celebrating our* independence from George III. * I live in Denmark, but I'm a US citizen. 8^)