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Devils' Dream

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  1. John D, I give a +1 for Easy Anglo 123. Unless you have someone nearby to explain "why" the anglo is the way it is, button-wise, you will start with the notes but not get the "idea" of how the diatonic magic works for (and against) you. Learning notes and scales is really no fun. Garys 123 book will have you playing a tune in 15 minutes.
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    From my "limited" observations, the construction of the newer, better known hybrids is overall exceptional and should prove long-lasting. Certainly as good as or better than the good old stuff. The truly "restored" (i.e. rebuilt) old stuff is good. I mean so much of them is new (bellows, action, pads, etc.) that they will truly last another lifetime. Cosmetically fixed up old stuff is what it is. But the new hybrids, take them apart, and one can see the hardware, construction, tolerances, fit and materials are usually (if not always) likely to be durable. The one "downside" is they sometimes sound like hybrids. Disclosure: Previous Wheatstone owner, current Morse owner.
  3. When speccing out a new Morse, I too was taken by the sound of dural reeds. This was for a G/D Ceili. A knowledgable member strongly suggested that the responsiveness of TAM reeds especially at the low end would be superior and noticeable on a G/D and she proved correct. That low G always plays even at low air and it's a big one.
  4. However they are mechanical instruments with a lot of moving parts Like Howard Jones says, concertinas are mechanical instruments. Does not take much to kick it out of line, but often does not take much to get it right again. And also, you are likely worrying about the wrong things. Main problem, in the US$3K territory, is that it pretty straightforward and easy to get oneself a nice hybrid but a little more time consuming and variable to secure that "perfect" restored" vintage at that price point.
  5. Davida: Can depend on how far you are from your source of repair. For example if you are two days UPS each way to Button Box with 3 day turn around, then not too inconvenient for a glitch. If you are five days international plus customs plus long turn around plus the expense then it's a bit different. If you are driving distance, well, no brainer. If you are handy and ready with the concertina repair book that's different than if you don't like to look under the hood. Some maintenance and repairs are easy.
  6. As Wolf says, members of concertina.net are post-genderism. Non-binary. Non-tertiary! Take that PC Police!
  7. I demand that the owners and moderators of concertina.net begin a study of Nonmatrixial Transubjectivity Theory and its application to free reeds or I will hold my breath and throw a hissy fit. ()
  8. Chris: NICE! I MEAN NICE! (would you be so kind as to post picture without concertina so your humble and obedient servants can see the construction?) (did I say nice?)
  9. Button Box advised me on my new Morse to keep it compressed in the case (rather tight) as part of break in. As Chris says, above. But I also made a velcro strap to use in between times to make it handier to get at for a quick play.
  10. Roger, does any film exist of the original Cloggies? Do you know any of these original guys? (!!!!)
  11. I think this is what gets my attention for the "German" concertina. I guess it is kind of the concertina equivalent of my CF Erica.
  12. Sebastian--nice "Fighting Temeraire"! Missed it the first time on Melnet.
  13. Thanks all, and Bill (for the note). Will follow your leads. Did not realized they were "relatively" common. I like the sound, especially in the octave voicing.
  14. Hello all: Listening to some old chestnuts, this one the vinyl "Irish Trad. Concertina Styles (TOPIC/FREE REED 12TRFS506 1977) there are several cuts by "Mrs. Ellen O'Dwyer" playing a concertina marked "House Brand" that is double reeded. It's definitely anglo/diatonic, but what exactly is it? Sounds great. Played great. Anyone point me in the right direction? Thanks, regards, Steve
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