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Aldon Sanders

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    Ukulele, English Concertina, piano, flute, pennywhistle, guitar, mandolin, fiddle. Anything musical.
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    San Jose, California USA

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  1. Aldon Sanders

    Jackie note layout/range differences

    Mr. Wakker did offer a trade-up discount for this particular instrument, which I accepted (2 days ago!). I thought the offer was very fair and appreciate that my odd situation was taken into account. I should have a new Busker in about 2 months from now. Again, my situation had some very specific circumstances and Mr. Wakker would have been in the right to not accept it as a trade-in, but he did and that reflects well on both him and his company!
  2. I tend to think of the repeated notes as 'drones' (like bagpipes) and accent (push or pull harder) on the melodic, moving notes. Maybe that will help.
  3. Aldon Sanders

    Concertina Connection Busker players

    Thank you David. I used the thank you button on your reply but wanted to say it with words here. I went ahead and put in an order and a $200 downpayment with Concertina Connection for the Busker. They put me on the list. The lead time is six weeks so I should have it by my birthday in June! I'll post my thoughts on it after I've had some time playing it.
  4. I'm seriously considering buying a Busker to be my travel/take anywhere instrument because my 64 button Wheatstone TT (with amboyna ends!) is so dear to me and also irreplaceable. It is only played at home & church. I've found I actually like the sound of CC's hybrid instruments. I've played (and have) the 30 button EC and an Elise. I guess I just need some positive re-enforcement to take the final plunge! I'd like to hear from anyone who's played or owns the Busker model EC from Concertina Connection. Please tell me what you like or don't like about the Busker and if you think it's durable enough to be a go-anywhere instrument. Thank you! Aldon
  5. Aldon Sanders

    Playing with Anna Magdalena

    That's really nice. It seems as if the tune were custom-made for the duet! How much adapting did you have to do to make the arrangement work on the Elise duet? Is this straight off of the dots? I love listening to the videos you post. Thank you!
  6. Very cool. I've been looking at harmoniums online and would like to have one some day. I still need to learn more about which brands are the better made instruments. The pictures of the shirtless builders reminds me of growing up in Hawaii. My mom had two rules for the dinner table (in order to keep her kids civilized): 1) No eating at the dinner table without a shirt, and 2) No singing while eating! The photo of the tabla maker working while talking on his cell phone is an interesting juxtaposition of age-old skills and modern life. Thanks for posting this!
  7. Aldon Sanders

    Days of Wine and Roses

    Sweet. Lovely chords.
  8. Aldon Sanders

    Music in our dressing room

    Wow! That grooves hard! Loved it.
  9. Aldon Sanders

    Introducing... myself

    Welcome Gregory! Of course you already know that this site is populated by beginners, amateurs and pros, and is a fountain of knowledge! I played a Stagi English concertina for qute a few years before I came across my 64 button Wheatstone and never looked back. The Stagi served me well! Once you can play music on a Stagi, any of the finer instruments you play will be an absolute breeze! My advice to my students (guitar, ukulele & flute - not concertina, though it applies) was that you never get better by not playing. Seems like you're already on the right path. Looking forward to your future threads! Aldon
  10. Aldon Sanders

    Jackie note layout/range differences

    I emailed CC last night and had this response waiting in my inbox this morning: ________________ Hi Aldon, Back in 2002 we produced a few experimental models before settling on the current layout. You have a very early model... Regards, William Concertina Connection Inc. Wakker Concertinas ____________ Mystery solved. I'm glad it's not a fake. In a couple years it will be a 'rare early vintage classic'! Thanks to all for your input.
  11. Aldon Sanders

    Indian concertina ?

    I've seen these before, for auction online, and always wondered if they were played like the harmonium - with the keyboard across the lap (like Olivia is playing), or with the keyboard upright like accordion and melodeon. Any scholars here have an explanation?
  12. Aldon Sanders

    Jackie note layout/range differences

    No there are A flat buttons where you'd expect them to be and a G sharps in their expected location. This happens in the middle & high octaves - not the low octave. Aldon
  13. Aldon Sanders

    Jackie note layout/range differences

    C.net won't let me upload the lefthand side, but it's different too.
  14. Aldon Sanders

    Jackie note layout/range differences

    I'll try to post some pictures. The button layout is different. Here's the righthand side:
  15. So everything I saw on the web said the range goes from G below middle C to the c 2 octaves above middle C. I bought a used Jackie thinking that range would be fine for what I am playing. The used Jackie arrived today & needs the middle Bb reeds tweaked which I'll do tonight or tomorrow. The thing that puzzles me is that even though I have 30 buttons the range is smaller than what all the charts on the web show. It only goes from G below middle C to the A above the staff. I also noticed that there are both Ab & G# keys in the 2 higher octaves. Did the design change at some point? Can anyone shed light on why the note layout is different on mine? Thank you, Aldon Sanders