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  1. 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
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    Concertina Connection Busker players

    The buttons on the beginner instruments do wobble and get stuck, though not as horribly consistenlty as the Stagi instruments do. This is from personal first-hand experience, not a description on a website. The fix for buttons on the Jack, Jackie & Elise that slip under their holes and get stuck: open the action and move the spring of the offending button closer to its mechanism. When the spring slips away from the mechanism it allows the button to move around in its hole and sink down below the hole where it gets stuck. I've had this happen on both a Jackie and Elise. The hardest part of the fix is getting the buttons to line up again so they go through their proper holes while reassembling. Carefully inverting the action (holding it upside down) while not letting any of the buttons fall off their mechanisms lets gravity do the aligning. Then it's a matter of getting the cover back on without disturbing the buttons' positions. I do this with the action still inverted. Aldon
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    Concertina Connection Busker players

    You missed the qualifying part of my statement: "...where the buttons are loose and can slip under their holes." I don't see how your link relates to that fact.
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    Concertina Connection Busker players

    They're completely different. The Busker has a traditional Wheatstone-like action, while the Jack/Jackie's action is like a Stagi where the buttons are loose and can slip under their holes. The bellows on the Busker are leather. The Jack/Jackies bellows are made of some type of synthetic material. The reeds on the Busker are arranged directly on the reed board with screws. The reeds on the Jack/Jackie are on wooden boxes that are waxed into place. The Busker is much smaller than the Jack & Jackies. These are some of the major differences that come to mind at the moment. I'm sure there are others. Aldon
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    Keeping instrument dry in rain

    Someone on Cnet posted a video of concertina marching bands (maybe someone here can point you to the right thread) and they were playing their instrument in plastic bags. I don't know how well it works but the idea is appealing. Aldon
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    See You Later Alligator

    Thanks Steve. You get a nice groove on your EC! Totally enjoyed that video! Aldon
  7. Okay, so this is sort of an esoteric question, but is there a lesser buttoned Hayden duet that favors the flat keys? I ask because I'd like to play along with the church orchestra. I'm the conductor of the orchestra. We play orchestrated hymns and the number of musicians has decreased in the last couple of years mostly do to old age, members growing up, members moving to different locations, and deaths. At the moment I use my Wheatstone English to play the intros to hymns by reading the soprano & alto harmonies and occasionally adding the tenor or bass notes, but would like play full hymns on the Hayden duet. All of the Hayden duets that I've seen on the internet that don't have the full button layout seem to favor the sharp keys. The orchestrated hymns we play on the other hand favor the flat keys. The keys of C, D, G, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, & Db are quite common, while the keys of A, E, B, F# (& Gb) are nonexistent. Is there a lesser buttoned Hayden out there that starts with Ab as the lowest note on both sides instead of Bb or C and leaves out the the extra sharps on the end of the rows? I suspect that the answer is no and that I'll have to get a 'full' Hayden to do what I want, but that would be a waste of buttons for me and add extra size, & weight. The biggest limiting factor for me is that I'm not rich and can't afford the full button instruments. Thank you for any insights you can give me. Maybe I'm thinking about it the wrong way? Aldon
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    Concertina Connection Busker players

    Thanks for the tip on the Pelican Storm. I got the standard basic Busker with the regular bellows.
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    Concertina Connection Busker players

    My Busker arrived last Thursday. (my b-day is June 22nd - Happy B-day to me!) I'm really impressed with the quality of this instrument. I was expecting to have to "play-in the bellows", but they came just fine. They stay closed and don't creep apart when set down, and they expand very easily. This is a much different experience from the Elise which was stiff at first but loosened up over time. I love the Delrin buttons. I'd read that they can be slick, but mine aren't. They feel great under my finger tips. As a bonus I don't have to wipe them down after every time I play like I do with my Wheatstone 64 button (metal) Aeola. I'm also liking the smaller range of the instrument. It feels tiny compared to my Wheatstone! There is just enough range to play almost all fiddle tunes that don't go up to high D - which is in my experience about 98% of them. The intonation is spot on. The tone started out brash but as the reeds break in the tone is becoming more clarinet-like. The low G and G# on the righthand side had a little buzz in them from the difference in climate between Washington & Central California. Mr. Wakker said to give them time to acclimate and if the buzz persists for a couple of weeks to give him a call and he'd walk me through adjusting them. All in all I am very happy with this instrument and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it as a great upgrade from a Stagi. I'm looking forward to having it with me on my travels, but need to visit a camera/bag shop to find a better carrying case for it. The basic one that came with it is oversized & lightly padded. I might end up ordering the upgraded bag Concertina Connection offers. Anyone have suggestions for a bag for the Busker? Aldon
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    Hayden duet that favors flat keys?

    That's a really good idea, Don. I am currently waiting for a new Busker EC from him, so it may be a while before I can work up the funds. Thanks for the clue. And Inventor, thank you for chiming in with your suggestion. The fact that you didn't mention a model that favors flat keys means that what I want doesn't exist. Thank you for inventing, improving & promoting the Hayden system. I currently own an Elise and love how intuitive the system is. Aldon
  11. Cool video! Thanks for sharing it!
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    Hayden duet that favors flat keys?

    Thank you Don. If I had the funds I would definitely go for a custom made instrument.
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    Concertinas In Literature

    Well because of this thread I've now got 3 more ebooks: McTeague, and two Charles DeLint books. I am now $14 poorer but looking forward to reading them. (I'm on chapter 4 of McTeague). Thanks for all of the references folks! Aldon
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    Jeffries Anglo Repair on BBC iplayer

    It's not available in the USA either. Unfortunate indeed.
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    Mohsen Amini

    Wow! Totally enjoyed that. Thanks for posting it.
  16. Hello, One of the buttons on my new Elise is sticking. I took the end off of the concertina and located the 2 screws that hold the reed pan and action together. To my surprise both screwheads were stripped - just round divots where the screwdriver slots should be. Is there any way to get them out without causing harm to the instrument or is this a job for a professional? Also what type of screws do you recommend I use as replacements? I really don't want to have to send the concertina across the country to get it fixed (purchased from Liberty Bellows in Pennsylvania). Thank you for any help! Aldon
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    Stripped screwheads on Elise concertina

    I got things sorted out. The rubberband is a good trick that works. Also I used the small screwdriver from my Victorinox Hercules and the screws twisted right out. I still want to replace them with higher quality screws at some point. The spring for the sticking button had been knocked away from the lever and was torquing the button at a funny angle. Pushing the spring back toward its lever fixed the problem. Thanks for the help! Aldon
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    Jack, Jackie And Rochelle [and Elise!]

    Hello, I found that the large and small Phillips srewdrivers on my Swiss Army Victorinox Hercules model fit the screwheads of my Elise and Jackie perfectly. (In fact better than any of the other screwdrivers I've tried.) The small Phillips is a precise fit for the two small screws holding the reed pan to the action and the large Phillips grabs and holds the outer screwheads that hold the ends to the bellows like it was specially made for them. Just thought I'd share this information here in this old thread to bump it and because I had a horrible time finding this thread through C.nets search function and believe there's good advice in it others might benefit from. Aldon
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    Stripped screwheads on Elise concertina

    Thank you for the tips Don! I'll give it a shot tomorrow. Aldon
  20. 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
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    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!
  22. 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.
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    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.
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    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!
  25. 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!