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Devils' Dream

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  1. Lately I have been coming around to USPS from usually using UPS. UPS is getting to where they "could give a s%*t" whether you ship or not. USPS has some idiosyncratic rules (take a look at their website, especially involving batteries! That being said, USPS Priority Mail, Insured, is pretty safe. As stated, new box, double box and/or foam (good case is good for penetration safety but not for shock). Use good tape. Don't even consider FDX.
  2. "but still want to get some tunes out of the Anglo, with a bare minimum of tab-assistance to get them started." ((quote GCoover) This me think is Gary's gift to the Anglo community. I have no idea this be true, but I guess that those tune books are at least partially responsible for Anglo likely outselling English, etc. 4 or 5 to 1 these past years. When us beginners can play a few tunes "right away" with the tabs + YouTube, one is SOLD. You can play a melody and a chord and bass or 2 right away. One can always learn dots, other tabs or whatnot next, but simple tabs of popular tunes + video = love. IMO.
  3. Got a little interested in Transferwise (now called Wise) from Alex' post. They are not exactly privacy angels, but these days, who is? Data Linked to You The following data may be collected and linked to your identity: • Purchases • Financial Info • Contact Info • Contacts • User Content • Search History • Identifiers • Usage Data • Diagnostics Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age.
  4. Ken, nonetheless, doing a nice job. Ads so discrete never noticed. (so much for your marketing muscle 😀 ) On topic to the OP: I sent a decent size wire transfer to UK via my bank (Wells Fargo) to theirs (HSBC). "NEVER AGAIN".
  5. RAc, understand completely. The internet has a lot to answer for. No such thing as a free lunch. "Slightly" more on topic, it always amazes me what a nice job concertina.net (and melodeon.net) do as (using the word carefully) "hobby" sites. No ads, no crap. Appropriate moderation. Helpful membership. Etc. Maybe there are some internet miracles.
  6. Agreed that Paypal can be a PITA, but the whole point is the expense of providing the 2-way "safety" of transaction and many actually want "PayPal's habit of freezing your funds on the slightest suspicion of illicit activity." 99/100 they fix it. 9/10 they fix it relatively fast. Many don't like sending 1000 dollars/euros/pounds/whatever blindly.
  7. Should anyone be in urgent need of a very nice Streb, please see my Buy and Sell on melodeon.net BTW, it has a wicked Lachenal Edeophone voice!
  8. Chris, I like all Garys books. Don't get too ambitious with "Harmonic Style" right away. Start at the beginning. Pick one tune you really like. Gary has great YouTubes for nearly all of them. Once you get the hang of it, it is fun....
  9. Back in the sands of time (mid or late 1960's) I was on 48th St. looking for an "accordion" (actually looking for a diatonic button box but didn't hardly know the difference). Naturally no luck (in those days, as I remember, 70 or 80% guitar/drum shops, 10% band instruments and 10% sheet music). As luck would have it, some guy said hey, around the corner on B'way there is this guy Boris Matusevitch who will know about it. So I look him up in the white pages and walk over (too cheap for a dime call!) I ring the bell/buzzer, can't remember, and go on up. Did not realize this was a famous guy--he spent near an hour 'splaining me the reed business and sent me downtown where I got my first Pokerwork.
  10. Agree with Don about the "stealability" issue. Another half-way decent case, and quite light, often can be found cheap and faded NOS on Ebay are the Hohner 10x, originally made for Pokerworks,, etc.
  11. Though not small, the Nanuk 918 has room for foam and blocking.
  12. Take a look at the Nanuks. Similar to Storm/Pelican but slightly different dimensions and a tad lighter.
  13. Yipes. Fellow needs some friends or associates to prevent him from broadcasting "Hello, I am an idiot" to the world.
  14. They have an email filter. Use the website message function.
  15. 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.
  16. 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...
  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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 . ?
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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).
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