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  1. This is very sad. Leo's weekly listing was the first thing I looked for when I logged in. He saved me, and I suspect many others, a great deal of time by his diligence. He will be sadly missed. And he was so young (well younger than me). My heart goes out to his family.



  2. Thanks again, Leo!


    'Paddy's Lamentation' is an interesting song. It was also known as 'Bye the Hush my boys' and was first noted down (as far as I can tell) by Edith Fowke from the singing of O J Abbott in Ontario. He, in turn, learned it from a Mrs O'Mally in the 1880s. Strangely, for a Civil War song it has never been collected in the USA. O J Abbott had a splendid range of songs, including that ace of broken token songs 'The Plains of Waterloo' (again he appears to be the 'primary source' of this song, though he is rarely credited) Great singer though, if you can track down his recordings.



  3. You are right Gary, the 'b' music is quite different.


    'The battle of Prague' is a good example of a tune being adopted by the 'folk' musicians. It turns up all over the place in collections. Jane Austen had a copy! The composer, Frantisek Kotzwara (c1745-1791), was notorious for his manner of death. Most bizarre!


    Of course many played all sorts of music for all sorts of occasions, so were familiar with a wide range of pieces, not just 'folk'.



  4. I read that Giulio Regondi used to play the EC and he even composed for it.

    can someone tell me where I can find any of the sheets he composed for thr EC (not guitar).


    Is Douglas Rogers still playing Regondi's music on English Concertina ?


    There are two CDs, which I own, of Douglas Rogers playing Regondi on the Bridge label (BCD9039 and BCD9055), I assume these are still available. I have also seen one advertised played on an accordion!!!!



  5. I suspect that that is a common theme with many of us older players! Alf was a superb musician. Then I discovered the likes of William Kimber and Louis Killen, and Crabb's! There was no stopping me then.



  6. Sorry about that!


    Yes it is 'Dulwich'. I grew up in Barry Road, East Dulwich, very near Upland Road. Despite my advanced age I cannot recall ever seeing a music or concertina shop there. Next time I visit my mother I will see what is there now!



  7. Hi Guys, and thanks for the replies,


    I now know an awful lot more about my box than I did before (which was pretty much nothing I must admit). Isn't the internet a marvelous thing!


    Stephen, thanks for the info about JE dallas, I've had a look at it again and it is badged "Dallas 'ALL STAR TESTED' band instruments". So we know who had it made and sold it.


    Geoff, you're right, the number is 389360, every part is numbered and some are more distinct than others but it's definitely a 38 at the beginning. So I suppose it was made in 1938 then? On the inside of each reedplate? is the stamp "CRABB & SON MAKERS LONDON" and inside one end mechanism is the oval rubber stamp in red ink "R WHITTEN FOR CONCERTINAS 79 Upland Rd, Barry Rd, E. Dulwich" (last word very indistinct, I think it's Dulwich). The endplates are totally flat, with no felt bushings on the keys (price engineering?) I think the keys may be aluminium but can't be sure. It certainly resembles the picture you posted. Will try to post some photo's later


    Chris, the junkshop was in a part of town that suffered heavily when they built the inner "bypass" or thruway, i think it might be gone now. Haven't been back much for years so cant be sure. I remember they had a lovely banjo as well but I couldnt afford both. Seem to remember paying a fiver for the concertina which was about half a weeks wages at the time- crazy world we live in, kids get more pocket money now!!


    All the Best, Peter H

  8. It certainly is a strange, but wonderful place!


    I grew up just down the road, so the Horniman's was a very regular Sunday afternoon visit in the 50s and 60s. When I had kids of my own I took them, just as my father took me. Some of the taxidermy left a lot to be desired, the overstuffed walrus is still there!


    It has changed a lot over the years but it is still worth a visit!



  9. Jim, I realised that! However a) I could get t-shirts from other sites, but I frequent Concertina.net, so it would be nice to reflect that in the t-shirt!, and B) as there are lots of people on the forum who play English and Duets it would be nice to widen the range! (Not that I don't like Anglos - I just can't get my head, or fingers, round the system!).



  10. I was just looking at the concertina.net goodies with a view to the festive season, when it struck me that they are all Anglos!


    Now, call me an old fuddy-duddy, but I play an English. Why are there no T-shirts with English or Duets on them?



  11. I have just acquired a Jack as a 'travel' concertina, but it has several keys that stick open. I removed the screws and took off the top to find that three keys were stuck open (just like the second posting!). I can't see any reason why they stick! I will try the graphite trick, has anyone contacted CC over this? If at least two Jack/Jackie have done this then it could be a design fault?



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