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Devils' Dream

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    Melodeon, concertina, OT banjo, Playford
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    Central North Carolina, USA

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  1. Yipes. Fellow needs some friends or associates to prevent him from broadcasting "Hello, I am an idiot" to the world.
  2. They have an email filter. Use the website message function.
  3. Contrary advice: Do not buy a 4K Euro first instrument. With respect, you do not know what you want, yet. Buy a new or used 1K Euro box in good shape from a reputable source and play for a year. Bought 2nd hand, won't depreciate much. Then you will know what size, type, weight, materials, etc. you might want to wait a couple of years and 4-5K Euro for. IMO.
  4. I do like Theo's practical take on this. Helpfully find another headliner! But, ladies and gents, all this social/scientific intellectualizing... You could get hit by a bus tomorrow...
  5. Randy-- Heart procedure says be careful and probably "no". Otherwise, any reasonably healthy person needs to get out and live and say "yes". Our "experts" are going to keep us in the time of pandemic forever..... Yeah some of us are living fine on our pensions and/or SS but how about the poor bastards that are trying to open their businesses and put people back to work? (end of rant) --Steve
  6. From my limited experience, playing to the best dancer(s) is the way to go. The other dancers can see this, from my admittedly limited dancing experience. They (we) want to be like them.
  7. I'm sure most of you have Jeff Bigler's "Playing for Morris Dancing". You are exactly right that one has to play for the dancers.
  8. Please don't forget: your first concertina is very unlikely to be your last concertina. Many a member has changed their tune over time once they started playing. Even in extremis: English > Anglo. CG > baritone. A mano > dural > concertina old style, etc. etc. Even concertina > melodeon! Or both. So don't go too crazy on that "perfect" first purchase. Or spend too much. Or wait too long. Most members will practically guarantee it will not be your last . ?
  9. Squeeze, you have the real issue identified: that inch "or more" of really good padding all around. Few cases, hard or soft have this. For a drop, it is the only way to protect a nice box. That is main issue with the these Pelicans/Nanuks/Others. Not enough foam. Time for a nice, custom Anvil!!! Only issue with soft cases is that have to be careful, say when packing luggage in the trunk/boot. Pushing and pulling the cooler and suitcases, packs, etc. around in there can crush. Need the hard case for that. Also, if you are really unlucky when flying and they take your hand luggage away (it happens) you are f*****d with a soft case.
  10. What you do for a concertina case is buy one sheet and cut it into ~ 8 x 8 sheets and stack them on top of each other so you have a cube that's about 8 x 8 x 8 and shape it to fit the box and lid. Then shape to fit as per video, going quite deep. Makes a really custom fit. Does waste a lot of foam. Also can buy sheets and line top, bottom and sides and then create "blocks" like a normal concertina case. Have seen it both ways. Will take a picture and send.
  11. Don, there are some videos on using Kaizen foam. It is a "sandwich" foam, closed cell, much more durable and non-shedding than open cell pick and pluck foam. It also comes as blocks (solid bricks in various shapes).
  12. The 918 can be had around USD 75 or so and can be nicely padded out, a little better than the smaller, current Pelican. Pelican will likely follow sooner or later. Email Nanuk and they will send you a scale drawing of the inside. I can't recommend Kaizen foam highly enough. (I have not bought this Nanuk "yet" but I have one for a melodeon. I like it a lot. They are little lighter than the Pelicans but pretty HD still...) (Pelican catch much improved but Nanuk still nicer, IMO)
  13. Another plus for the Nanuk cases is that some are just so slightly larger inside.
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