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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. JimLucas

    The Ballad of the Button Box

    Touché! And even simpler (one reed, one thumb or finger): the jews harp.
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    The Ballad of the Button Box

    "If you can type, then you can play the concertina." Taking a typing class in junior high school certainly hasn't hurt my concertina playing, but... How many folks these days are accomplished typists. Most of my friends with keyboard-equipped computers are "two-finger typists". Others only have phones... or maybe tablets. So... is anyone producing a concertina that can be played nicely with just two thumbs?
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    How many concertina songs are there?

    Yep, although I believe the reference in that song is to a Chemnitzer concertina. Don't forget "Hexagon Zombies". I have at least one more, involving a different "Lena", if I can find where I put it. I'll also point to this old thread.
  4. And in a book that I just fetched down from the shelf: THE FIRST WORLD WAR AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY by A.J.P. Taylor
  5. Sigh! After the first couple of SSIs (2000 & 2001), it was decided that the SSI would always* be the last full weekend in April, and it has been consistently advertised as such ever since. Other weekends seem to move around, but we keep ours fixed so that if they want to avoid a conflict with us, they know how to do so. * Since 2002 there have been two exceptions to that rule: In 2006, the SSI was postponed so as not to conflict with one of our planners giving birth. The resulting confusion and conflicts convinced us that we should not again reschedule even for such a reason. In 2013 we were forced to reschedule to a week earlier because of a priority problem with booking our location. We are now assured that this problem won't recur.
  6. Scandinavian Squeeze-In April 26-28, 2019 (last weekend in April) This will be our 20th annual SSI.  Not a school nor a festival, but a weekend of squeezers sharing with and learning from each other. Once again in the main scout house at Gamlegård, in Torna Hällestad, Skåne (southern Sweden). All squeezers and would-be squeezers are invited. (In fact, non-squeezers and even non-musician accompanying persons are welcome if they don't mind our obsession.) Please see our web site -- http://www.nonce.dk/SSI/ -- for much more information, including and especially the pages What We Do and Practical Details You can book your place now. -------- (Spreading the word to other squeezers is welcome, of course. (The ICA and melodeon.net are covered, but I'm not yet a member of Facebook nor do I frequent other concertina or accordion/melodeon sites.)
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    Wheatstone EC on Shop Goodwill

    I, too, am unable to connect. Could it be that the web site refuses to connect to servers outside of North America... or maybe even outside Canada?
  8. The following link is to a political cartoon, but that's not the point of my posting it here. It contains a reasonably accurate depiction of a concertina.
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    Matusewitch builders

    Some were made by Wheatstone, others by Crabb. I think Matusewitch went with Crabb after the Boosey & Hawkes takeover of Wheatstone. I do remember Boris telling me that he insisted on brass reed frames... no aluminum! Regarding the maker of a particular instrument, I would expect that that could be determined from the serial number, since I doubt that Wheatstone and Crabb had similar numbers in a given period. And one could also check a particular serial number against the Wheatstone ledgers, and similarly ask Geoff Crabb to look for a match in his records.
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    Site Upgrade

    I didn't know there could be a difference. But same old password, yes?
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    Pop Up Ads

    I, for one, would be happy to contribute, but I would prefer not to have such a fact advertised to the general public.
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    I had the pleasure of playing one recently. The resulting sound is reminiscent of a woodwind instrument... clarinet or bassoon. That probably accounts for the "clarionet" name. Well, the only ones I've seen (I think it's three, now) have all been vintage single-action Englishes with a "bass" (i.e., string cello) range, but I don't see why the same principle(s) couldn't be applied to a double-action instrument with a higher range. In fact, on the two that I've seen the insides of, only the lowest reeds had "resonator" tubes; the higher notes just had the fishtail reeds. And that leads me to suspect that the tubes aren't "tuned" to the notes the reeds are sounding, but are just special extensions to the chambers, used mainly to affect the distribution of harmonics. Maybe the same effect could be obtained without the tubes, but only with much larger chambers? (That is, admittedly, speculation. I haven't researched it.)
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    Pop Up Ads

    Not to mention the fact that this is supposed to be a "family friendly" web site. I wonder how many (if any) of our members are under the age of 18. 16? 14? And keep in mind that one doesn't even have to be a member to browse here.
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    46 Key Jeffries C/g Anglo For Sale

    Couldn't find it. Link?
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    The language of Argentina and of Argentinan tango is very definetely Spanish. (Source: am native Spanish speaker.) Yep. Portuguese is the language of Brazil, not Argentina. (Of course, both are dialects recognizably different from the versions spoken in Portugal and Spain themselves, just as there's a difference between American English and English English.)