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Devils' Dream

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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.
  14. 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.
  15. Devils' Dream


    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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. As Wolf says, members of concertina.net are post-genderism. Non-binary. Non-tertiary! Take that PC Police!
  20. 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. ()
  21. 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?)
  22. 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.
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